Papua New Guinea
One of the outstanding features of Papua New Guinea (PNG) is that it consists of many islands which can only be reached by boat or plane. The indigenous population of PNG is one of the most heterogeneous in the world; it has several thousand separate communities, many with only a few hundred people divided by language, customs, and traditions.
Among the over 850 different languages, English and Pidgin are the official languages. Urbanization and unemployment have greatly magnified the impact of lawlessness. PNG has a population of seven million of which nearly 75 per cent live in the countryside. The Constitution declares PNG a Christian country. About 27 per cent are Catholics, 19 per cent Evangelical Lutheran, 11 percent belong to the United Church and the remaining to other Christian churches. There is a small number of Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus.
Our sisters came to East Asia already in 1932 where they worked on the island of Madura up to 1960. From 1948 – 1992 they also were in Irian-Jaya which formed at that time the country of PNG. Later juridically it went under Indonesia. Since 1962 we are working in Lae, the only place where we are still today. Our community is very small but very international, with sisters from Korea, Mozambique, the Netherlands and Zimbabwe serving the mission in PNG.