THE hasty deportation of three missionaries in separate suspicious circumstances should not go without a challenge. Where is the Christian community?
Touching a missionary touches the core of Christianity in Papua New Guinea. It is expected that churches would rise up and condemn such actions regardless of which church the expelled missionary came from.
The deportation of one missionary should be considered an attack on Christianity in PNG.
It’s a week since the Ministry of Foreign Affairs deported the three missionaries but the silence of the Church is deafening. Where is the so called PNG Council of Churches or the de facto Body of Christ?
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs may have some valid reasons to consider these missionaries as persona non grata, meaning unwelcomed persons in the country, and deported them.
Ironically though, I find foreigners who commit some of the most despicable crimes and who should be unworthy of remaining in this country are allowed to stay.
Their crimes cry to high heaven for accountability right under the noses of those authorities, yet no one notices them.
And these poor missionaries? Most of them live in some of the most remote areas of PNG –not to exploit our people of their resources and run away like predatory investors but committed to helping our disadvantaged people.
They may see the need for social justice and help the community to pursue it and they may be doing so when the government seriously fails the people.
That is part of their missionary work - to liberate the oppressed and suppressed. Do you call that a crime? It is called social justice. I am therefore seriously doubting your judgement, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
How dangerous were the missionaries to the community, albeit, on the eve of elections?
I am proudly a product of the church and I cannot sit down and accommodate this outrageous ‘cleansing of missionaries’ exercise carried out by the minister and his ministry who should redirect their energy to go after the real persona non grata. You do not have to go far from your office to find them.
Leave the missionaries alone.