David and Shari Ogg
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
NEW TRIBES MISSION
Ministry Overview: David and Shari Ogg are church planters among the Simbari people of Papua New Guinea. They began their ministry in PNG in 1991 and after learning the tribal language of the Simbari people they began Bible translation and teaching. A small church has been planted and the Oggs continue their work with the goal of seeing indigenous local churches functioning among the Simbari. While continuing to translate the Scriptures into the Simbari language, they carry out an ongoing teaching and discipleship program in the tribe.
Where they live: David and Shari live in the remote tribal village of Nolambiye in Papua New Guinea. The village is located at an elevation of 5000 feet in the rainforest covered mountains of the Highlands of PNG. The rainfall averages 180 inches per year. The population of the Simbari tribe is around 4000 and the people are scattered around in dozens of villages across 4 river valleys. The area in which the tribe lives is about 20 miles wide and 15 miles long but the rugged terrain makes travel between the villages very difficult. There are no roads in the Simbari so the only way in and out is on a small Cessna 206 mission aircraft. Because of this isolation the Ogg’s main source of communication with the outside world is an HF radio which is used for both voice and e-mail. (There are no public utilities like phone, electrical, etc. and there is no internet service available.) Papua New Guinea is a country full of diversity, from beautiful tropical coastlines to rainforest covered mountains over 10,000 feet high. But even more than that is the fact that Papua New Guinea has at least 600 unique tribal languages many of which still have no Gospel witness.
Prayer Requests: Pray for the Oggs as they continue the translation of Scripture into the Simbari language. Pray that the Simbari church would continue to grow and that the Simbari tribal believers would walk in the light of God’s Word and be bold witnesses to their unbelieving friends and families.
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