Even as the coronavirus pandemic keeps Dr. Martin Dicke away from his mission field of Papua New Guinea, he is working on the completion of valuable teaching resources in the local languages of Pidgin English and Enga.
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod began work in Papua New Guinea in 1948 at the invitation of a Wauni tribal leader in Yaramanda, Enga Province. In 1971, the Gutnius (Good News) Lutheran Church (GLC) of Papua New Guinea became an LCMS sister/partner church. It also is a member of the International Lutheran Council. During 50-plus years of blessing by the Holy Spirit, the church has grown to a baptized membership of more than 54,500 in approximately 550 congregations.