The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


God's holy temple

In Papua New Guinea, the church is a place to learn about God and HIV/AIDS prevention

A lilting, joyful guitar melody draws Lucy Kumer; her husband, Warlon; and about 50 curious villagers to the old wooden sanctuary at Suyua Lutheran Mission in Madang, Papua New Guinea.

Although time and the tropical humidity have conspired to rot portions of the sanctuary, peeling strips of wood away from the walls, it's still the place villagers come to seek strength, wisdom and protection.

Like the church building, Lucy, too, is stronger than she looks. That strength recently supported widowed sex workers who listened to Lucy's concerns for their safety and her information about condoms, trusting her with their stories.

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