I am continually amazed at the amount of water that flows in most parts of Papua New Guinea! Every time I fly, I see countless waterfalls flowing from the heights of the jungle-covered mountains, all flowing down to fill swollen rivers. These rivers fill up the swamps in the north or south or flow straight into the ocean, browning the vivid blue with their silt.
The water is life to the people of PNG, but it is sometimes also a dividing and damaging force. There are landslides regularly throughout the country as the jungle-covered hillsides are saturated with rain. They often cover up or break roads cut into steep mountainsides or even destroy villages as they fall. Too much rain also causes gardens to spoil, leaving the people with little useful food.
The mountains and water flow in PNG are some of the biggest reasons that there are over 830 languages spoken here-- people are divided and separated into their own remote areas where they have developed their own languages and cultures. 200 of these languages still don't have any of God's Word written in their language. Our prayer is that the Lord of the Harvest will send more workers to these language groups so they may receive his life-giving Word!