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Papua New Guinea Overview

Quick Facts

Population: 6.4 million


Capital: Port Moresby (314,000)


Life Expectancy: 66.6 years


Languages: Tok Pisin (official) and English (official)


Average life expectancy: 66.46 years


Religion: Christian (96%)


GDP per capita: $2,184 (US)


The history of Churches of Christ in PNG can be traced to pioneer efforts following the Second World War. A number of returned veterans were asking, “Why not begin a new mission field in Papua or New Guinea?” An exploratory survey in 1957 led to the selection of a suitable area along the lower Ramu River with the first site being established at Tung in the East Sepik region. Today there are over 6,000 Christians and 200 churches divided into seven regions scattered along the Ramu, Keram, Sepik, Sogeram and Ywat Rivers in the Schrader Ranges and the land between. All are located in subsistence village settings. More than 100 national pastors share the task of evangelism and church building.

Papua New Guinea occupies the eastern part of the world’s second largest island. It is mostly mountainous and covered in tropical rainforest as well as having large wetland areas. It is one of the world’s least explored nations, both culturally and geographically. Linguistically it is the world’s most diverse country. Agriculture provides a subsistence livelihood for 85% of the population. Rugged terrain and the high cost of developing infrastructure hampers travel and export. Communication and medical services are also limited.

Projects in Papua New Guinea

Church and Leadership Development

ICP supports the Melanesian Evangelical Churches of Christ (MECOC) in growing their self-capacity in leadership. We support the training of church and community leaders, equipping local pastors to minister more effectively to the needs of remote rural communities.

More about Church and Leadership Development here


La'o Curriculum Project

COCOA is working with the Melanesian Evangelical Churches of Christ and Pioneer Bible Translators (PBT) to develop curriculum resources for Elementary and Grade One. The project will use this resource and develop a specific La’o curriculum and train teachers in its use.

More about the La'o Curriculum Project here.


Church-to-Church Partnerships

  • Subiaco Church of Christ in Western Australia
  • HumeRidge Church of Christ in Queensland 

Click here for more information on how your church can be involved in Church-to-Church Partnerships!