Wantoat Church Conference

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This was the meeting area for the church conference.
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The Wantoat people created a beautiful and elaborate grandstand. Notice the dove (Holy Spirit) in the middle.
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The people adapted their traditional singing styles and costumes to praise and worship the Lord.
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I (Danny) was amazed. I had never seen these types of costumes anywhere in Papua New Guinea.
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More beautiful works of art!
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Imagine trying to dance and keep those headdresses in place!
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Intricate detail of the head pieces ...
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... and the body coverings.
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These pictures show only a sample of the many different styles of dance and dress on display.
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Young girls give their praise to the Lord.
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This head dress displays the name of the Conference, "Wantoat Sam Sika 2006".
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The Wantoat people constructed several new houses to host their visitors.
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A Papua New Guinea gathering would not be complete without plenty of pigs to share and eat!
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The Wantoat hosts showed their incredible generosity with an overflow of garden vegetables.
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Bart Philemon, a member of the Papua New Guinea parliament, flew in to address the conference.
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Collecting an offering gave a chance for people to show their gratitude to God.
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These are the children of the first Papua New Guinea missionaries who brought the Gospel to the Wantoat area.
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The church ordained three new pastors at the conference.
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Danny was able to build relationships with many church leaders.
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The chairman of the Wantoat Scripture Use committee showed off some of the books we've recently printed.
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The Wantoat Bible stories and worship songs on cassette were very popular. People especially liked the hand-crank radio.
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These conferences always end with a "passing of the baton".
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The "baton" was a carving, showing Jesus on the cross, an open Bible and a dove, representing the Holy Spirit.
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The Wantoat people added a new twist to the ceremony, lowering the carving from the top of the grand stand.
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The group who will host next year's conference allowed their children to go first and "receive the baton".
   

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