Papua New Guinea
After graduating from the New York Word of Life Bible Institute and completing other training, John & Philo Airi returned to their home country of Papua New Guinea to begin the new ministry there in 2000. Currently camping facilities are rented where over 1,200 young people are exposed to the Word of God each year in a unique camp setting. There are presently three Bible Clubs in the Boroko area. Sports marathons and other evangelistic events are held regularly as well.
Papua New Guinea is located on the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and is 160 kilometers north of Australia. The western half of the island is Irian Jaya, a province of Indonesia. Papua New Guinea comprises both the mainland and some 600 offshore islands. It has a total land area of 460,000 square kilometers and is slightly larger than California. Located just south of the equator, Papua New Guinea experiences a moderate tropical climate with high levels of seasonal rainfall. In the highlands temperatures can range from a low of four degrees Celsius to a high of 32 degrees Celsius. The lowland, coastal and island areas have an average daily temperature of 27 degrees Celsius. Papua New Guinea has a population of over 4.4 million people (using 1997 projections by the National Statistical Office). The majority live in the highland valleys, many in isolated villages.