On May 26, Mickey Schrimshire and I returned to Papua New Guinea (PNG) as the students began the second term of classes for the year. The first few days were spent working on the logistics of the coming containers. As of this month, we will have five additional containers of Bibles that have arrived into the country, making this a total count of 11 containers.
The greatest joy for us is to personally place God’s Word into the hand of a student, but much work must be done before we ever get to that point. The procedure to receive the containers involves a large amount of paperwork that must be completed on the wharf and then to move those containers to their designated places for storage. Each one has 55,000 Bibles, which are in boxes of 36 Bibles each. This means that each container has 1,528 boxes weighing 13 kg (29 lbs.) each. The boxes must be removed by hand from the containers and put into storage for shipping to multiple cities in PNG. This must be done in a timely manner as we are only given two weeks to return the containers back to the shippers or they will begin charging us rental fees. That seems like a long time, but nothing ever moves quickly out of port. Simply getting possession of the containers can sometimes take days of encouraging the right people. We then must repack the Bibles onto pallets to hold 70 boxes each for shipping to the outward islands and bush areas by boat or truck. My reason for explaining this is to ask you to pray for us as we work on the logistical issues that we have concerning distribution.
During the second week of June at the airport in Port Moresby, we were excited to welcome Dr. David Snyder and Mr. Kenneth Fink from the Home Office of Baptist International Missions, Inc. They came to take part in the distribution of Bibles in PNG. We flew north to the province of Madang, where much of the area requires rough travel to get to the schools in the bush. Once there we went by small boat for three hours to the island of Karkar. The trip was extremely difficult through the open seas but very rewarding as we visited all four schools on the island. While on the island, we traveled in an open truck for hours. On our way back to the boat, rain caused a delay due to the flooding of a large creek. After finally crossing, we were able to travel by a small boat three hours back to the mainland, arriving well after dark with just enough fuel. God’s protecting hand was so evident.
The only secondary schools yet to do will be in the Southern Highlands and Hela Provinces. The earthquake hit this area the hardest. There has been a great deal of upheaval in these provinces, causing some schools to postpone classes due to damage while others are experiencing tribal fighting. These riots among the tribes caused the burning of a commercial airplane and the provincial courthouse. There were a number of deaths due to the rioting. The Prime Minister has had to declare Marshal Law in these two provinces. Please pray that things will calm down and we will be able to safely distribute the Bibles.
On June 18, we were able to begin giving Bibles to the primary schools in the National Capital District. We have now begun Phase 2 of the Bible project, which is to distribute to the primary schools in the major metropolitan areas. These schools are grades 4 through 8. The reception was extremely exciting.
The Lord has given us an overwhelming opportunity to reach the young people of a whole country that truly needs your prayers. Please check out the new video update at www.bimi.org/png. I personally feel it will help you understand this project and what God is doing—better than I can ever express on paper. Thank you so much for giving and praying as we work and distribute in the country of Papua New Guinea.
Alan and Donna Brooks
June 27, 2018
April 2, 2018
On February 26 at 4:00 a.m., BIMI Missionary Mickey Schrimshire and I were sleeping on the third floor of a large building in a very remote area of Papua New Guinea (PNG), called Wabag in the province of Enga. As we were shaken out of our beds, we realized that we were experiencing a major earthquake. This was later reported to be a 7.5 magnitude on the Richter scale with several more days of aftershocks. Communication is very limited in this area already, but with the earthquake it only intensified the problem. Thousands of homes and buildings were either damaged or destroyed. Hundreds of lives were lost, mostly by landslides and collapsed buildings.
A week after the earthquake, International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement officials estimated that at least 7,000 people had their homes destroyed or damaged, and 150,000 people were in urgent need of emergency supplies with food and clean water among the biggest concerns. Lack of road access and landslides hampered all deliveries in the area, including the Bibles. By March 7 the number of displaced people had risen to 17,000. Entire families were lost in just moments. One heroic father threw his daughter out the window of their home as all collapsed on top of the family. The daughter was the only survivor out of a family of seven!
As I heard of this event, my heart went out to the family and to the father who sought to physically save his child with great sacrificial dedication. The physical earth shook violently, destroying those things that are made, but truly, there are some things that cannot be shaken. Hebrews 12:27 says, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Earthquakes can destroy physical items and even human lives but they cannot destroy the blessed Word of God. God promises His Word will stand for eternity and it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it (Isaiah 55:11). God's Word will not be shaken!
With the beginning of a new school year, Pastor Rodney Kelley, BIMI Missionary Mickey Schrimshire, BIMI Missionary Carl Vonnoh, BIMI Missionary Steven Maldoff, and I traveled to PNG to continue distributing Bibles to the secondary schools. I thank God for each of these men and for their willingness to travel the distance and contribute their time away from other responsibilities to work on this project. Their encouragement and hard work in distributing the Bibles will never be forgotten. Over 220,000 Bibles have personally been given and 291 of the total 351 Phase 1 secondary schools have been completed. The provinces of Hela and the Southern Highlands have had to close down the schools as they seek to recover from the earthquake. By the first of June, five more containers carrying 275,000 additional Bibles will arrive in PNG to launch Phase 2, which will be just enough to do 1/3 of all the primary schools (grades 4 – 8). At present, these Bibles are in transit on a ship traveling from Belarus to PNG.
Since arriving home, I have had the privilege of traveling to three churches to give personal updates on the investments that God’s people have made in this project. If you are interested in having me come to your church to give an update, please feel free to call or text me at (423) 504-3132. I also may be contacted by email at Email(View Email Address). Because there will be times when the schools are out in PNG, I will be back in the States and available for meetings during the fall of the year.
I was approached by a pastor concerning our personal support and how we are able to live financially while doing a project such as this. He thought I was paid by BIMI to do projects. We are not paid a salary by BIMI but are faith missionaries and dependent on the support of churches and individuals who partner with us monthly to enable us to do the work of God. Thank you to all who faithfully pray and support us financially. We could not do the ministry that God has given us without you. Would you please pray that God would help us to be able to increase our personal support as faith missionaries? If you would like to contribute to the PNG Bible Distribution Fund, the account is #1319. If you would like to partner with us by personally supporting us, our account is #774.
Brethren, please pray for us.
Please pray for:
1. Shipping, that the Bibles will arrive safely to the port
2. Logistics, that God will help us in all the planning for travel and distribution
3. Funds, that God would continue to supply funds for Phase 2
4. Safety, that God will protect us as we travel
5. Strength (physically and spiritually), that God would give us His divine help as this is an impossible task without God PNG Update
March 1, 2018
A 7.5 earthquake hit the highland regions of Papua New Guinea. Estimations are that over 30 have died. There has been major destruction to homes and buildings in the hardest hit areas. Many roads have been torn up, making travel near to impossible in these areas. We are still experiencing aftershocks daily.
We have been able to see work done in the following provinces: Western Highlands, Enga, Simbu, Jiwaka, and East Sepik. Most are totally finished except for a few schools. Four provinces are yet to be done. Two are delayed because of the earthquake (Southern Highlands and Enga), one because our key pastor died suddenly (Sandaun), and one other is ready and workers are on the way (Madang).
FEBRUARY 16, 2018
The 2018 school year began the last week of January for the Papua New Guinea (PNG) school systems. With the launching of a new school year, we also have launched into further distribution of Bibles to the students.
God has been giving us great meetings in the schools in the Western Highlands. Traveling to schools for the first two weeks of this school year, I have been blessed to have the following men assisting me: Pastor Rodney Kelley from West Jacksonville Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida; Carl Vonnoh, BIMI CLAIM Director; and Mickey Schrimshire, BIMI missionary. Brother Mickey has arranged his schedule so he can stay and work with me on this massive project.
Steven Maldoff, BIMI Southeast Asia Director, has also been leading another group of local pastors this week in the province of East Sepik. He and local missionaries and pastors are also presently doing schools and distributing there as well.
By the end of this week, we will have completed another 16 schools, representing over 10,000 students and teachers. We held a meeting with preachers from most of the surrounding provinces in the Highlands, and excitement is running high as we prepare to launch in those areas.
I met recently with the officials of the PNG Education Department to share our progress. We discussed the preparations for the arrival of five more containers of Bibles (275,000) in May for the metropolitan primary schools.
Please continue to pray for us to have wisdom, strength, and safety. We have had a little conflict with some religious groups who do not want the children to have Bibles, but we are working through that with God’s grace and help. Safety, again, is a need as we have recently had a few more incidences; however, we are encouraged with what God is doing. God is so good to allow us this great privilege!
December 7, 2017
By Alan Brooks
As we approach the end of the year and celebrate the holiday seasons, it is quite common to reflect on what has happened within the last 12 months. Of course, there are blessings and battles, triumphant times and seasons of trials, but truly we can say as the psalmist did in Psalm 118:23, This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
Only God could orchestrate the events that have happened concerning the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Distribution. I hope that you have been following these updates throughout the year. It would fill a massive amount of space to reiterate all that has been happening. Please check out the newest video update online or write to us and request a DVD.
Presently, the schools in PNG are closed due to their summer break. I will be returning to PNG the end of January to again work to distribute Bibles to all of the secondary students in the country.
Right before I left to return home from PNG in November, I was contacted by the Honorable Minister for Higher Education, Mr. Pila Niningi. I originally met Mr. Niningi when giving Bibles to the members of parliament. He is the cabinet member in charge of all of the universities and colleges in the country. He is a true believer and active in an independent Baptist church in the capital city. He has asked that we distribute Bibles into all of the universities, and he has requested that we speak and distribute in the 12 teacher colleges in the country. These schools are training the teachers and administrators for all of the schools in the country. Only God could open the door such as this to impact the entire future of this country!
• With every student receiving a personal copy of God’s Word
• With every teacher and administrator receiving a copy of God’s Word
• With every future teacher and administrator receiving his own copy of God’s Word
I recently received an email from a national pastor in Papua New Guinea. He stated that before the Bible Distribution began, he had never seen this kind of response in his entire ministry! Every week he has visitors in the church and people being saved. Veteran missionary Jim Stackhouse recently wrote, “This ministry of giving these kids their very own copy of God’s Word has been one of the most rewarding ministries of our 30 years in Papua New Guinea. It is so hard to describe the spiritual hunger by these young people and their delight in receiving God’s Word. Another aspect of our distribution effort, which is so important, was the opportunity to preach the Gospel to every student body and staff. All were very attentive and receptive to the preaching of God’s Word and expressed their sincere thanks afterward. This has truly been a blessing from heaven for us.”
Thank you for giving and praying for the PNG Bible Distribution. I will be returning to PNG the last week of January to coordinate the further distribution and finishing of Phase One. We will also be distributing in the universities and colleges countrywide. We definitely need your prayers concerning our efforts and also the needed funds to be able to go on to do Phase Two (primary schools). If you are interested in a personal update while I am home, please email me or call or text at (423) 504-3132.
September 11, 2017
The first launch of the Bible distribution for the Eastern Highlands Province was at the Goroka Secondary School in the city of Goroka. This is most likely the largest school in the country.
Along with the students hearing a clear presentation of the Gospel, there were 3,600 Bibles given in total to students, staff, and teachers alike. Eleven national pastors from the local area met with David Harris and me for a special prayer service to dedicate the Bibles and to help with the work aspect as well.
It is truly exciting to have Dr. J. B. Godfrey, Vice President of Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI), here in Papua New Guinea speaking and personally distributing Bibles to the students. He and David Harris, Far East Director with BIMI, have been a great encouragement and blessing as we labor together.
Throughout the week we were able to do a total of 13 schools, totaling 17,550 Bibles distributed! The travel to the schools was quite treacherous as the roads are in rough condition. Praise the Lord for four-wheel drive vehicles! We would not have made it without them.
Dr. J. B. Godfrey will be returning to the United States on Wednesday September 13 to continue his other responsibilities and work with BIMI. It has been an honor and a privilege to have him here in PNG and to labor alongside this man.
Brother David Harris is presently in Goroka to continue distributing Bibles in the schools, and he hopes to move on to the province of Simbu, which is farther west. I will be traveling to the outward island of Bougainville to begin distributing Bibles in the schools and then on to Rabaul in the East New Britain Province to launch in this area.
Please continue to pray for the truck transport of our Bibles to the Western Highlands. The highway has been closed for two weeks and this has slowed progress tremendously. We have been told that the government has worked hard to open the highway back up. The trucks are backed up for a long distance due to the two-week delay but are back on the road now.
It is very important to get these Bibles to Mount Hagen, a key location that enables us to branch out to the surrounding provinces. We are praying that the containers will be moved and delivered so that distribution may begin in six Western provinces of the Western Highlands, Central Highlands, Southern Highlands, Jiwaka, Enga, and Hela. We ask for your continued prayers for this project and for the pallets of Bibles to reach their destination points so that the work can continue.
Thank you once again for your prayers and financial support for the BIMI Papua New Guinea Bible Distribution.
A few days ago, I was asked by Ase Boas, the captain of the PNG National Rugby Team (the Hunters), to give a devotion before one of their games. Steven Maldoff, David Harris, and I had a great time with the team.
They sang worship songs and prayed, then I had the privilege of speaking. It was a bit surreal as we watched these muscle bound giants of men close their eyes as they sing songs about giving God their lives and then open their Bibles to read with hands that make the Bibles look small in size and then sincerely hug and thank us for sharing God's Word!
On a side note to the experience, the Hunters rugby team did win the game and earned the league championship. This is a great triumph for the National Rugby Team of PNG! Over all, it has been a great experience and blessing.
Praise the Lord! It has been quite a challenge, but all three of the containers containing 55,000 Bibles each have finally been released from the port in Lae. Lord willing, by the time you read this, we will be trucking two of those containers up the mountains to Goroka, Simbu, and to Mt. Hagen. These are provinces in the heavily populated Highlands. Once the Bibles are there, we will begin the distribution of them to every secondary school in those areas. From the third container, we have also prepared shipping pallets of Bibles to be taken by boats to the outer islands.
On Saturday, August 26, God allowed me the opportunity to speak at a special prayer breakfast for the new members of Parliament. What a joy it was to give Bibles to the political leaders of this country! They now have an original King James Bible in a glass encasement, located in the center of the House of Parliament. Each member has been given his own copy of a Bible. Our prayer is that the Bibles will greatly influence the very future of this country.
Not long ago, I traveled to a remote mountain village to speak and distribute Bibles to a secondary school. If we were to have driven, it would have taken us over two days of travel on extremely treacherous roads in the mountains. Missionary pilot Matt Allen flew a national pastor and me out in a little over an hour. It was unbelievable to land on a grass runway on top of a mountain. The students had cut the grass and lit a small fire to produce smoke to determine the wind. The whole village came out to meet us. What a joy to preach and give out over 300 Bibles to the students in this remote area!
Two weeks ago Steven Maldoff, Southeast Asia Director; David Harris, Far East Director; and Ben White, Youth Pastor and professional photographer, arrived to help on this project. It was good to have Steven Maldoff here on the ground, working in spite of the many other responsibilities he has as Southeast Asia Director for Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI). All three of these men have worked tirelessly alongside other missionaries, local pastors, and national Christian laymen, and me to help with such a huge undertaking. Today, I took Steven Maldoff and Ben White back to the airport to fly to the States. I will certainly miss them, but praise God for all they have done! I am grateful that David Harris will be staying on for the next few weeks to continue helping. Dr. J.B. Godfrey, BIMI Vice President, will be arriving September 1 to help as well.
We have been able to finish at least five of the 22 provinces. At present, we have enough Bibles to give to every student in all the secondary schools in the country. As future contributions for Bibles are provided, our goal is to move into Phase 2, all of the primary schools.
At times the project has seemed insurmountable, but I have witnessed answers to prayer and have seen our God be the Enabler for the impossible. Thank you to those who have fervently prayed and who have financially given so sacrificially to further the Gospel through this endeavor! We covet your prayers once again and ask that you pray for added strength, health, and safety for us as we continue this ongoing project. Pray that God would soften and prepare the hearts of those who will be hearing the Gospel presented as we distribute Bibles to the students and future leaders of Papua New Guinea.
We are busy distributing Bibles in the schools here in Papua New Guinea. It is a great joy to have people who have come from many places in the world to help. Two men have come from the United States and six from Canada. They are a tremendous help. The school children especially like it when the Canadians try to speak Pidgin English (Tok-pisin), which most of the children speak and then sing. God is greatly using these men to influence many young people. Someone said to me, "Do you think they understand us?" I asked the person, “How many languages do you speak?” and he responded, "One." I then asked one of the PNG men how many languages he spoke fluently? He responded, “Four, including English."
We have finished the National Capital District and have begun working in the Central Province. As a matter of fact, we have completed six schools this week and one of the days was a national holiday, so we were not able to visit schools on that day. Part of our travel was on a narrow mountain road to the very top to distribute Bibles. God gave us tremendous services and the response has been unbelievable. The young people listened so intently. What a blessing to see the joy in their eyes as they received a Bible! One young man approached to thank us for coming and said that he had been asking God to help him get his own Bible. He stated that we were an answer to his prayers!
One added blessing was the honor of speaking to the Papua New Guinea professional rugby team, the Hunters. Last year during a visit to the country, I had the privilege to witness to Asa Boas, the team captain. He worked it out so that we could spend time with the entire team this year. We handed out Bibles to every player and coach. The sincere questions that the players asked proved to be such a blessing. My prayer is that the Word spoken and given will greatly impact their lives and futures. The young people of this country look up to and dream of playing for their country.
Please continue to pray as we travel to the province of Milne Bay. We shipped two pallets of Bibles by boat. Travel here is quite difficult with much of it having to be done by boat and plane. The ocean at this time of year is quite rough. Lord willing, the national pastors will continue to work the Central Province and we have a team in Morobe Province doing schools. Truly, the only way that this massive project can be done is for many to work at the same time. We are also working on shipping Bibles to the cities of Mt. Hagan and Goroka. Because of the continued violence caused by the elections, we have not been able to truck the Bibles inland. Hopefully, things will calm down in the near future. There have been at least two killed and many businesses burned to the ground. The airport has been closed in Mt. Hagan due to the violence. Rioters covered the runway with oil to keep planes from being able to land. God knows when and how we will get there.
On a very positive note, the weekends here are quite busy. Saturday mornings start at 8:00 a.m. with preaching in the markets to hundreds of shoppers. We then go around personally handing out tracts. Then we drive to another market for more of the same.
On Saturday afternoon the Canadians attended a young people's meeting at one of the churches. They greatly enjoyed learning to play rugby with the local young people. This meeting had at least 30 new visitors from some of the schools that were given Bibles during the week. The pastor also reported that on Sunday they had 30 first time visitors!
On Sundays we travel to different churches. The average Sunday involves Sunday school at 9:30, church at 10:30, a short 15-minute break, then an afternoon service. During a recent afternoon service an elderly lady responded to the invitation and received Christ. The pastor said the church had been praying for her for years. Wow, what a blessing!
Thanks for praying, giving, and supporting us personally and this project. We will update as we can.
Two pallets are on the boat with 88 boxes of Bibles on the way to Milne Bay. We are planning on traveling there on Monday, and we will be there through Friday. Our goal is to distribute as many Bibles as we can while there. We have completed two schools in the Central Province and Lord willing, we will do three more schools this week. Also, I have been asked to speak to the Papua New Guinea Hunters rugby team about the Bible and Jesus Christ! They are the national, professional rugby team, and they are extremely influential ball players in this country! Please pray for us as we travel and speak.
We had a great launch of the Bible Distribution in Lae at Lae Secondary School. Over 1,800 students who listened so well and joyfully received their Bibles. The newspaper reporters and TV cameras were there to cover the event. Thanks for praying and praise the Lord!
During the school break, many churches got together to hold a youth camp. Nine young people received the Lord. They decided to have a youth meeting the next Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. They saw souls saved every night, so they extended it for every night the following week. I had the privilege of preaching on Thursday night and 7 souls were saved; one was a medical doctor. Five young people Friday night and 7 on Saturday night trusted the Lord. Saturday morning over 150 went to the market to pass out tracts. On Sunday the church voted to authorize me to baptize those who had been saved. I had the honor of baptizing 47 adults and young people! One was a man who had gotten saved when I preached last March. On Sunday night God allowed me to close out the two weeks of special meetings. Young people who had received Bibles at their schools were invited to come to have their Bibles signed. By Sunday night 75 young people had been saved. Five young men surrendered to preach during the closing service. This a direct result of the Bible Distribution! Thank you for your support and prayers. This is just one city in the country, and we are excited to see what God wants to do in the rest of the country. We will be traveling to Lae to launch the Bible Distribution in that area.
As of Friday June 23, we have handed out approximately 14,700 Bibles to that many students and teachers in 14 schools in the capital city of Port Moresby! With the national elections starting soon and schools out for a two-week holiday, we have suspended our current activities. We have been able to distribute in all but three of the government recognized schools in the National Capital District at this time. We will finish them after the school break.
The next container has landed in Lae. There were supposed to be two containers come in at the same time but the second for some reason was put on a different ship. This should not cause an issue as long as we can find it and it is not delayed late into July. I have been assured it will arrive in the near future. By the end of July, we should have all six of the containers in country.
Thank you for your support and prayers. Thank you to the folks who have come from Australia and New Zealand to help launch this project. I would like to give a big thanks to the national pastors and workers who have labored tirelessly to help in stamping Bibles, re-boxing, carrying, and helping distribute the Bibles. These dear folks have truly sought to "own" this project.
I have returned to the States during the school break and elections. I plan on returning to PNG next month to continue the distribution in the capital and then begin launching out into all of the provinces.
All of us will definitely need your prayers. Workers are coming from the United States, Canada, and Australia to assist in the Bible distribution. We are excited as to what we have been able to do thus far, but in reality we have just "touched the hem of the garment" as to what we need to do. We truly covet your prayers. Thank you for partnering with us in this great endeavor.
Great launch today! Mr. Kumbra, Secretary of Education, and Mr. Wingi, Deputy Secretary of Education, and many principals and pastors were in attendance as we began the Bible Distribution. It was broadcast live on two nationwide radio channels. The Gospel was given by word and in the Word. About 2,300 students and teachers received Bibles. There is so much more to do this week, but it was a great start!
Alan BrooksProcessing the Bibles
PNG Update June 17, 2017
We have less than 3,000 Bibles left in the first container. That means in a little over two days we have moved over 52,000 Bibles out of the containers. All of the Bibles for the National Capital District, the capital of the country, have been shipped to churches, stamped, and re-boxed to begin distribution on Monday. We will launch at 10:00 am at Gerehu Secondary School in Port Moresby and then two more schools that afternoon. Our goal is to finish as much of this district before the elections. Please pray as we speak and distribute.
Someone once said that "Papua New Guinea (PNG) is the land of the unexpected." That has come true again. I am presently in PNG preparing to distribute Bibles to all of the secondary schools. Over the last two nights, I have been dealing with the shippers in Europe concerning our containers. We were notified that they have been delayed 18 days in Malaysia. This means that the first container is to arrive on June 12. This obviously has caused us great problems. We have many helpers coming to assist who have all bought tickets. It also causes us to have to reschedule our launch and deliveries. I know biblically that God has a reason for all of this, but I am struggling with comprehending why. When it is day here, it is night in the United States, which means to make calls and future plans, somebody is going to lose sleep. During the night I was speaking to Brother Steven Maldoff concerning the details and our shared frustrations. He shared 1 Samuel 30 when David came back to Ziklag and everything messed up. David truly needed to encourage himself in the LORD. God has helped me through the initial shock and frustration. One of the dear national pastors here in PNG shared the following with me, "Praying my Brother. God is still in control. Our disappointments are God's appointments. Take courage." I thought I was here to help them!
Please pray for us and for clear direction and timing. This delay is giving time to prepare all the paper work for importation and then the logistics of transporting the Bibles all around the country.
Sunday, May 28
I preached twice today at Morata Baptist Church here in Port Moresby and had good services. In the photo is a man named Marko; he was saved last March when I had the honor of preaching. He came today to follow the Lord in baptism. It was so exciting to see fruit that remains.
On Monday morning, Pastor Holmes Tako and Brother Gibson Arufe (our shipping agent) will travel to the outer islands of Bougainville, New Britain, and New Ireland to meet with pastors and set up the logistics of shipping. Lord willing, I will end up in Lae to spend some time with Brother and Mrs. Stackhouse. They have been serving in PNG since the 80s. Over 80% of all the Bibles will come through Lae and they are a key part of this project. Please pray for us as we travel to these remote areas that God will truly give us favor.
Tuesday, May 30
Pastor Holmes Tako, Brother Gibson Arufe, and I have been traveling in the outer islands setting up the delivery of the Bibles. We have traveled in East New Britain, New Ireland, and Bougainville. The word has spread all over the place that the Bibles will be coming. The churches have been announcing it and the anticipation is unbelievable. I have had young people come up and ask if I had brought the Bibles yet. It breaks my heart to tell them, “not yet; they are on the way.” They want them so badly.
On a personal note, I must admit I am struggling in the heat and humidity. It is always hot, even in the early mornings. I think the humidity is stuck on 100%! It is near to impossible to actually dry off. I actually look forward to the cold showers. Thanks for your prayers and support.
As I write this letter, I am sitting on the plane, traveling back to America with an unbelievable heart of excitement. For the last two weeks, Steven Maldoff and I have traveled all across the country of Papua New Guinea, sharing with pastors and churches the tremendous opportunity that will soon be on their shores. Working on the logistics of transport and distribution of the Bibles was also a part of this very important trip.
National Capital District Pastors
On the first Sunday in the country, I had the privilege of speaking at the Morata Baptist Church in Port Moresby. This church is pastored by Holmes Tako, a native of Papua New Guinea. He is on our DVD and traveled to the United States to help promote the Bible Distribution. At the end of the morning service, two adult men trusted Christ as their Savior. What a blessing!
On Monday we met with 12 pastors from the Capital District to discuss the future distribution. The reception and excitement was extremely infectious. They are truly ready to go to work.
Educational Department Officials
On Tuesday Holmes Tako, Steven Maldoff, and I met with the government officials to work on many of the details of the project. They would like to officially launch the distribution of the Bibles in the capital, Port Moresby, with all the officials and national media present. They are extremely thankful that we are willing to do this. On Tuesday evening we spoke in a local Bible college. These are the future pastors of the country. God gave us liberty to teach and answer questions from these students.
Mount Hagan Pastors
Wednesday morning, we flew out to Mt. Hagan in the mountains. This is a city in the Western Highlands that cannot be reached by driving. We had a great Wednesday night service and then a special fellowship with pastors from multiple provinces: Western Highlands, Southern Highlands, Chimbu, Enga, and Jiwaka. Many of the 17 pastors traveled hours around landslides and washed out roads to attend and to learn how they might assist in the delivery. The effort made was unbelievable! God is certainly putting a team together to spread His Word.
Due to the washed out roads and landslides on Friday morning, we arose at 3:00 AM for an early flight to the city of Lae. After a morning meeting with our shipping agent, we traveled six and a half hours up another set of mountains to the city of Goraka. Words fail to properly describe the road conditions. Narrow mountain roads, rock slides, mud slides, and potholes as large as eight feet long and one and a half deep were a common sight on this particular day. We had hoped to meet at 3:00 PM, but because of the road conditions, we did not arrive until 5:00 PM that day. I thought many of the pastors would have gone due to our lateness but to our surprise, 23 pastors patiently waited for us to arrive. I wish we could bottle that excitement, enthusiasm, and thankfulness that these men possessed to show and share in the United States.
Honorary Clan Chiefs
The trip down the mountain back to Lae only took us five and one-half hours. We pulled into the Haven of Rest Baptist Church, the home of Lae Baptist Bible College, to a welcoming crowd of almost 100 people. The next day we preached and had another meeting with pastors. Eight pastors enthusiastically responded to the plans for the Bible distribution. Steven Maldoff and I were honored with becoming special Chiefs of a village clan.
The following Tuesday, we traveled to the largest public school in the capital, Gerahu Secondary School. As we met in the principal’s office, the rain began to fall. I immediately sensed an urgency to pray for the rain to stop, knowing that it would cancel our meeting with the over 2,000 students as the assembly of that capacity could only be held outside. I then asked the principal if we could pray. As the five of us bowed our heads, I began to pray aloud but the rain seemed to increase in intensity. For a brief moment my faith wavered. Then the Holy Spirit calmed my fears as I sensed that there were others in the United States and in other countries as well who were praying for this project. Over 2,300 students listened as I gave my testimony and presentation of the Gospel. What a mighty God we serve! They have asked to be the first school in Papua New Guinea to receive the Bibles. When it was announced that we would be back the end of May with the Bibles, they cheered loudly. It is hard to imagine teenagers from 9th to 12th grade cheering about receiving Bibles but they did like those at a ball game in the States.
Your prayer support and financial contributions have enabled us to do what deems to be an impossible task. Please pray as the first containers are on their way to Papua New Guinea. We have a total of 330,000 Bibles on the way, which is enough to do all of the secondary schools (Phase 1) and a portion of the elementary schools (Phase 2). I will be returning mid-May to receive the containers and to begin the distribution. We plan on doing as many as possible until June 24 when all schools close for two weeks and the government votes to elect their new government. We will be able to continue after July 8 until we are finished. We will continue to put updates on the website as we proceed. Thank you again for your support and prayers.
Alan & Donna Brooks
Update - January 16, 2017
Dear Partners and Supporters in the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Bible Distribution,
As we begin this new year, our prayer is that God will be glorified. Looking back at 2016, we rejoice in the trials and victories, but now God has given us a brand new year to seek to fulfill what He has called us to be and do for Him.
In early December during the Board of Trustees meeting at the World Missions Center, I had the pleasure of introducing Pastor Holmes Tako and his wife, Prisilla. Pastor Tako is the pastor of Morato Baptist Church in Port Moresby, National Capital District, Papua New Guinea. He is one of the key leaders in setting up the meetings with government officials, and he is instrumental in recruiting nationals in helping with the Bible distribution. It has been a joy to travel together and share what God is doing.
God has been bringing in the needed funds for Phase 1 (secondary schools) of the Bible Distribution. As of this writing, over $675,000 has been received toward the Phase 1 goal of $825,000. By faith we have ordered the printing of the first 275,000 Bibles.
After much prayer and counsel, the decision was made to attempt to be in PNG distributing the Phase 1 Bibles by the end of April or first of May. This date is approximate as we wait on notification as to when the Bibles will be shipped and then arrive in PNG.
One reason for the haste on trying to accomplish Phase 1 is that in July there will be a national election in PNG. We have been assured that even a new government cannot stop this project, as it is written in stone as far as they are concerned, but the danger falls into the period of time during the elections. We have been strongly advised not to be traveling countrywide during that period. Elections in developing countries can turn quite dangerous for foreigners. After my experience on my last trip, being robbed at gunpoint, wisdom is the better part of valor. Your prayers would be greatly appreciated.
We are praying that the rest of the funds for Phase 1 will come in before we head over. Also, if God would touch hearts, it would save money if we would be able to purchase at least three extra containers (165,000 Bibles) to ship some of the Phase 2 Bibles (elementary schools) to many of the extremely remote and difficult islands. The boats and transports will cost approximately the same and it would be good to do them all at the same time. God knows what is best. Please pray!
In March we will be traveling to PNG to begin meetings concerning the logistics and distribution of Phase 1 Bibles. There will be much travel as we meet with local contacts in each of the provinces and acquire distribution centers to store the Bibles. Many of the places are not easily accessed. Would you please pray that God would give us traveling mercies and favor with those with whom we meet and work? Your prayers are greatly appreciated.
Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder (Isaiah 29:14). Please continue to pray for us and the PNG Bible Distribution as we raise the funds and prepare to distribute the Bibles. BIMI World magazine Volume 52, Number 3, 2016, has an article titled "Sir, May I Please Have a Bible?" that tells how God opened the door for the Bible Distribution. You may email me or text or call me at (423) 504-3132.
"Get down on the ground! Get down!" Those words echo in my mind. On Friday, September 16, 2016, Pastor Mindi Pombo, Runway Baptist Church, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG); and I stopped to take a picture of the National House of Parliament in Port Moresby, PNG. Suddenly, six masked men armed with guns and long knives came running out of the bushes screaming "Get down!" Yes, we were being robbed at gunpoint! By the time it was over, we were praising God that no one was hurt, but we had lost our cell phones, our wallets, an iPad, and the car. It was rather strange to be standing in the middle of the street watching our car being driven away and no way of getting help. I turned to the pastors and said, "Oh, well, Romans 8:28 is still in The Book. But what do we do now?" I really was not trying to be spiritual—I guess I was just in total shock. Pastor Mindi turned and said, "Do you know, Pastor, if those boys had been given Bibles in school, they might not have done that."
Preaching to PNG pastors
Our trip had been an unbelievable blessing and a success. Just earlier that week, I had the privilege of speaking to over 800 national, independent pastors at a special pastors' conference in Goroka, PNG. The pastors enthusiastically desire to help distribute the Bibles in the schools in their areas. What a blessing! To hand out over two million Bibles will be a monumental task. Their ownership of this part of the distribution will not only help in the logistical aspect but also give the young people a local contact for the follow-up of this evangelistic effort.
God also allowed me to personally meet many pastors who were reached and trained by faithful missionaries―some who have gone on to glory. John 4:38 states, I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours. These missionaries have laid a foundation that allows us to minister in such a massive project of sowing God's Word into every young person in the country of PNG. Thirty-five percent of the population is 100% of the future!
Unity Pole in PNG
On the Tuesday before leaving, I had the honor of touring the National House of Parliament. The Honorable Danny Puli, Secretary of Parliamentary Services, graciously took us around to see the First Edition King James Version Bible and the new Unity Pole that has a Bible as the foundation for the nation. I have also been invited to speak at the General Assembly of all the members of the National Parliament. These are the men who direct the whole country similar to our Congress.
Preaching to PNG pastors
We have updated this website to include a list of all the secondary schools and their enrollments if you would like to take a school as a project for your church, school, or Sunday school class. Our fundraising has been going well. Since we started, God has brought in over $300,000. Please pray and give! I would love to be ordering the Bibles for Phase 1 (high schools) by the first of the year. Please also share this Bible distribution project with everyone you know. God wants to do a marvelous work in this country. Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder (Isaiah 29:14).
I would be most happy to come and personally present this project to your church. Please feel free to contact me or by text or phone at (423) 504-3132.
Update — September 14, 2016
On July 31, 2016, I had the privilege officially premiering the Papua New Guinea(PNG) DVD at my sending church in Birmingham, Alabama. Since that time almost 450 DVDs have been requested. Every day the phone rings with requests or comments as to how excited people are about this project. I cannot help but believe that God wants to do a mighty work and a wonder in this country. At this writing, we have received over $110,000 toward our Phase One goal of $810,000. That amount will purchase and deliver 270,000 to the secondary schools of PNG. Please continue to pray.
Many people ask what translation we will be using in PNG. All of the schools are required to teach the children English, therefore, they have requested that we distribute King James Bibles. As a policy, we here at BIMI only use the KJV in English-speaking countries. It is so encouraging to hear how enthusiastic they are for the Word of God. Many have also asked when we hope to be in PNG distributing the Bibles. I wish I truly knew. The time will be determined when the money has been raised. Please pray that it will come in as soon as possible. The longer it takes, the more students will graduate and be out of school. Please pray and give as God leads you.
I leave for PNG on September 7. Upon arrival, I will be meeting with multiple government officials concerning the logistics of the Bible Distribution. I am also going to receive a list of all of the schools including their enrollments. This will give churches, schools, businesses, and individuals the opportunity to personally sponsor a specific school. During this trip, I will be speaking at several churches and then at a national conference of fundamental Baptists. This will be a great opportunity to organize much of the local help that we will need to accomplish the distribution. Please pray for our traveling and speaking.
While I was praying concerning the different phases of the Bible distribution, God impressed on me the tremendous difference between the phases. It really struck me how the matriculation of each phase drops as the young people get farther along in the school system, especially from phase two to phase one. Phase two (grade 4 through grade 8) is 910,000 children, Phase one (grade 9 through grade 12) is 270,000 young people. We are presently focused on Phase One but we really need to be able to do Phase Two before they drop out of school. In reality, all the phases are important but will you please pray for the funds to come in to BIMI as soon as possible? Send all donations to BIMI, PO Box 9, Harrison, TN 37341 Account #1319 or with the PayPal button above. If your church would like a representative to come and personally share about this project, please contact Alan Brooks or call or text (423) 504-3132. We will also have a short DVD of this project available upon request or by Dropbox. Please check this site for updates and share bimi on facebook.
Update — August 2, 2016
On July 31, 2016, the premiering of the above Papua New Guinea (PNG) video was held at my sending church Glen Iris Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. We look forward to seeing how God is going to use this video to touch the lives of people. The video is approximately six and one half minutes long and available by way of Dropbox to those interested in helping raise the needed funds. We can also send it to you as a DVD by mail upon request. BIMI also has the video on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/bimifb. Please link to this and send to all you can. We also now have printed material to advertise the fundraising phase of this project, which is also available upon request.
I will be leaving for PNG on September 7th. Please pray as I will be meeting with government officials and national pastors. There are many logistical plans that must be made in preparation for the distribution of the Bibles.
Thank you for your prayers and financial help as we seek to impact the entire country of Papua New Guinea. Lord willing, we will be updating as often as possible.
In May 2016 a team of BIMI representatives traveled to Papua New Guinea at the invitation of national leaders to meet with the Minister of Education and the leadership of the entire school system in Papua New Guinea. These government leaders had learned that we had provided 221,000 Bibles to every student in all the schools in Fiji.
We met with The Honorable Nick Kuman, Minister of Education; Dr. Uke Kombra, Permanent Secretary; and Dr. Walipi Wingi, Deputy Secretary, and learned how God had been working behind the scenes to prepare the way for this open door. God had placed a dear Christian man, Dr. Walipi Wingi, in a leadership role in the Department of Education—just as Esther in the Old Testament was placed in the right position to be used to deliver the children of God from Haman's anger and vengeance. Dr. Wingi has been placed in the right position for such a time as this. He said in a recent email, "This is God's project and God will ensure we all make this project a reality."
We also learned that the Speaker of the National Parliament had commissioned the purchase of a first edition King James Bible and proclaimed that the King James Bible is to be the official Bible of Papua New Guinea. They then placed it as the centerpiece in the House of Parliament.
"Mr. Prime Minister, we need moral values more than anything else in this nation. You will find that the Bible is the only source that contains those values more than any other Faith document." — The Honorable Theodore Zurenouc
"Receiving this Bible today adds to the sense of significance as we define our nation." — The Honorable Peter O'Neill, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea
Another preparation was that the Department of Education had recently held a special summit to deal with the moral and discipline problems in the schools. After days of discussion, the final decision was that they needed to get the Bible and Christian values into the schools. This is what motivated the request to "Please help us put God and the Bible in our schools!" We had no idea that God had totally prepared the way for us! During the meeting, the minister asked us to please hold assemblies to share with the students the reason "why the Bible is such a special book."
WOW! What an open door to impact an entire country!
BIMI has set a goal by God's grace to help fulfill their request. We have divided the project into phases. Phase one is to distribute to all of the secondary schools (grades 9–12). This will take 270,000 Bibles. The second phase will be the primary schools (grades 4–8). In the second phase we will need close to one million Bibles. The third phase will consist of the elementary schools (grades 1–3). We will need 910,000 Bibles. The cost to print, ship, and distribute these Bibles is $3 each. The door is open to distribute 2.16 million Bibles.
If your church would like a representative to come and personally share about this project, please contact Alan Brooks or call or text (423) 504-3132. We will also be preparing a short DVD of this project that will be available upon request.
Will you please pray and give to accomplish this unprecedented open door? Donations may be sent to BIMI Account #1319.
330,000 – Bibles in country at this time 255,000 – Bibles that have been distributed 351 – Secondary schools in PNG 305 – Secondary schools completed
(+ 12 University/Colleges) 22 – Provinces in PNG 18 – Provinces completed 4 – Provinces working in 46 – Secondary schools still to do 40% of finances for Primary schools has been raised