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Chick Mission Fund Report – Papua New Guinea
Missionary Chad Wells recently visited our office with a request for help. Sent out under Word for the World Baptist Missions, he has spent much of his lifetime in Papua New Guinea (PNG). His dad, Dennis Wells, took him to this tropical island when he was sixteen, where he grew up as a missionary kid until age 21. Leaving the island, he found his wife Kirsten and returned in 2008 to work alongside his father for the next four years. Together, they planted churches and made an impact.
After some years of preaching in schools and church planting, Wells realized that there was no one in PNG printing gospel literature, so he started his own small print shop. As the demand grew for good literature, he eventually expanded to an offset press, supplying 150 churches himself, and 500 or more small churches through a network of pastors.
Then tragedy struck...
No one knows whether a rat got the surprise of his life chewing on a wire, or something else was the cause, but the print shop went up in flames. Some of the equipment was destroyed, and these churches lost their source of gospel literature for witnessing.
Wells is currently in the U.S. raising funds and purchasing printing equipment to be able to print tracts again, but he estimates it will take a year to get everything up and running again in PNG, and he needs tracts.
He has requested 1,000,000 (one million) Chick tracts, 900k in the Pidgin language and 100k in English, to supply these communities with good gospel literature until his new press is in operation again. And because of your generous giving, we were able to agree to fulfill his request.
He and his family are in the process of translating 18 titles into Pidgin, and we are beginning to print them. They don’t play much soccer there, but everyone plays rugby, so a special edition of “Man of the Match” is being created to help them.
See below how our soccer tract was adapted to rugby for PNG: