INTRODUCTION TO KIRIWINA:
Kiriwina is the largest of the Trobriand Islands, with an area of 290.5 km². It is part of the Milne Bay Province of Papua New Guinea. Most of the 12,000 people who live in the Trobriands live on Kiriwina. The Kilivila language, also known as Kiriwina, is spoken on the island. The main town is Losuia. Kiriwina is relatively flat, with a rim of low hills (uplifted coral reefs) along the eastern shore. The central plain is intensely cultivated, since most villagers are subsistence farmers who rely on their crops of yam, sweet potato, taro and cassava. The land is bisected by footpaths and a few dirt roads. The airport is in the north, where the US Air Force had two bases during WWII. South of here, on the west coast, Losuia is a sprawling village, known as ‘the station’, with a wharf, police station, health centre and trade stores. Elsewhere there are small traditional villages, their houses made of sago palm.
Sometime back, the people of Kiriwina received the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but had yearned to have the Bible translated into their own native language to aid the teaching of the Scriptures to the natives and was there such a celebration when it finally happened. Particularly interesting, was the testimony from the natives of how the Bible had transformed their lives.
THERE ARE MORE “KIRIWINAS” OUT THERE
The harvest is plenty but the labourers are few. There is still so much work to be done so that the Gospel can permeate every nook and cranny of the earth. There are a lot more people to reach, and a lot more translations of the Bible into native languages to be done. Every labourer of the Kingdom must not relent in our efforts to propagate the Gospel. If there is anytime, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is needed, it is today; in the midst of all the chaos, confusion, wars and rumours of wars, economy breakdowns, society dysfunction, pestilences, epidemics and unprecedented natural disasters.
Because the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Gospel of Peace, Wisdom, Correction, Healing, Security but ultimately Salvation. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him; black, white, red or whatever the colour of your skin, or your status in society for there is no discrimination in God’s Sight; should not perish but perish but have everlasting life. This is called Salvation and everyone needs God’s Salvation, freely given and to be freely received.
Just as the Gospel of Jesus Christ transformed the Kiriwinas through the Bible, the Gospel can transform you too to a new standard of life that transcends anything the world and its carnal pleasures can offer. Embrace it, and your life will know boundless joy. Propagate it, and great are you! Reject it, at your own peril! Ultimately, time will tell…