The Word of God, just a click away

The Word of God, just a click away

Bonifas P.Korangia, known as Boni, served as a technician missionary for 22 years, until last year when he felt called to take a year off and reconnect with his village.

‘For the last 22 years I’ve been the IT guy fixing missionaries’ and mission’s computers,’Boni begins, explaining his decision, last year, to leave his technical ministry behind and return to his roots to teach the word of God in his village, in the Highlands of Madang in Bundi, Yandara.  

Story by Joy Suarkia, photos by Grace Ward.  

‘I felt (I needed) to refocus on my life and what the Lord was saying and doing in my life.’

Translating culture  

Boni went back to his tribal lifestyle and daily routine of clearing the forest, making a garden and taking care of livestock. ‘Last year and this year have been a learning curve for me,’ he said.  ‘I’ve been relearning my tribal culture and using what I’ve learnt about my culture to explain the Biblical truths.’

Boni’s years of experience enable him to explain the Bible to people from a very different culture to the Jewish authors who penned God’s inspired Word.  Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Boni teaches a one-hour class in tribal church planting in his village and another village nearby.

Seeing the big picture

In the past, Boni bought Pidgin Bibles for the women and men in his village but realised they weren’t making use of them because they were either busy working in the garden to provide for their families or their vision was too bad to read. ‘Some of them struggle to read, so I have to go find them reading glasses,’ he said.  

‘Our place is mountainous, and gardens are located 1,2,3 kilometres from the house,’ he continues, highlighting the challenges of a lifestyle that leaves little leisure time for reading. ‘The women have to walk all the way to their garden and walk back to their houses, and by the time they get back, they have to prepare food for the family. By then they are really worn out and tired. This was why they could not spend time reading the Bible.’

Hearing is believing

When Boni bought the audio Bibles he saw tremendous changes in the people. ‘The people in my village would say,’ “This Audio Bible is amazing! While we are walking to the garden we can listen to the word of God”, or “in the afternoons while we are cooking for our families we can just press a button and the word of God is shared to us!”’

After witnessing the positive change the Audio Bible has brought, Boni went out and bought two more Audio Bibles. Another three were donated to him by MAF Technology Services.

Bible boom box

Boni has seen the audio Bible impact the younger generation in his village. ‘My eldest sister has six grandchildren and they would always come by her house. Filled with enthusiasm they’d ask, “Can we please listen to your Bible boom box (Audio Bible)?”

‘In the village, children would come together to tell stories, but when I introduced them to the Audio Bible, they now had something that would tell them stories.’ The kid’s enthusiasm meant they quickly learned scriptures from the Audio Bible.

‘What my people love about the Audio Bible is it's solar powered and the word of God is easily accessible. It’s just a click away!’

Thanking God for His Word

We thank God that such tools as the Audio Bible continue to impact Boni’s people in Bundi, Yandara. We also look forward to hearing the testimonies of the lives that are impacted through the five audio bibles.