Papua New Guinea is a stunningly beautiful place with stunningly beautiful people! The Virginia Synod is blessed to be in a companion synod relationship with the New Guinea Islands District. Together we live as God’s people and as faithful followers of Jesus. We support one another in sharing the gospel, praying for God’s people, sharing the sacraments, and living as disciples. Together we are one community of God’s people – spread across our respective areas of the world but one people of God always!
Mi amamas bilong God long God mekim yumi kam bum wantaim na kamap famili bilong God.
(I give thanks to God because God brings us together as one family of God!)
The ELCPNG has 17 districts which are like ELCA synods. Each district is divided into circuits, like VA Synod conferences. Each district is led by a District President, like the Synod Bishop. The New Guinea Islands District is led by District President Pastor Tobby Eleasar. Lutherans are the second largest Christian denomination in PNG, where they faithfully witness to God’s grace which justifies us through faith.
Our relationship together as sisters, brothers, and siblings in Christ is rooted in accompaniment which promotes the values of mutuality, inclusivity, vulnerability, empowerment and sustainability. We respect one another’s uniqueness within our common Lutheran faith. Our relationship together mutually strengthens us to deepen our commitment as a community of faith, building up the body of Christ.
Diane Giessler, Coordinator of Companion Synod Program
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