The second largest island in the world, along with many other islands in the Pacific area, make up Papa New Guinea. There are about 1000 people groups speaking approximately 830 different languages, which is 20% of the world’s total. It is one of the most complex nations ethnically and linguistically. Despite those challenges, Christian missions have had a big influence over the years. Almost everyone in the country has some link to Christianity, though the old ethnic and animistic religions still have influence. Bible translation projects are actively being worked on, with several New Testament translations being completed every year. Given the diversity of language, this is a huge project, but thankful there are people who spend their time and lives doing this for others.
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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life, hope, and faith she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study.