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Pilgrimage to Papua New Guinea 2015
Dioceses of Norwich, Waiapu and Rockhampton

m_3mOn August 26th our party of pilgrims from  three dioceses in England, New Zealand and Australia left Brisbane airport for Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.

A pilgrimage of journeying in company with each other and with God to meet friends in a very different part of the world. This was not a journey of mission but of pilgrimage and we were travelling to explore and receive from fellow Christians.

A few weeks after returning home and in reflection, this was an amazing adventure, a journey of trust and of exploration, of shared fellowship and of ways to be a true Christian.

This blog gives a taste of that journey and an indication of the place and the land, the people and the customs. And perhaps above all shows that it was a journey of learning, of letting go, of finding ourselves and reaching out to others.

Rev’d Sue Martin

Diocese of Norwich   /   Faith Goes Walkabout

Papua New Guinea 2015
Papua New Guinea 2015 – a journey of faith…

Papua New Guinea 2015:
A journey of Faith

Our pilgrimage to Papua New Guinea in August 2015 is a real adventure and the journey of a lifetime. The 23 pilgrims are preparing to leave the cosiness of home for a journey across the world to a land of rain forests and islands.

We are a small group from three countries, the U.K. , New Zealand and Australia.
Pilgrims from the UK are from the Norwich Diocese, including myself. Others have
been before, led by the Bishop of Lynn. Bishops of
Papua New Guinea have returned to Norwich, so in some sense it is a well travelled

This travel blog will be updated throughout the pilgrimage, as we arrive,and journey on,
the places we travel to and the people we meet. It will provide a snapshot of the
journey in pictures and words.

For pilgrims it will give a record of this special time and for those at home it is a chance to follow the journey as it happens.

As we make our preparations we gather clothes, apply for visas, buy the right insect
repellant, have inoculations. We also get ready in our thoughts and prayers.
Thoughts about the New world we will visit, the people we will meet and the
chance to see how God’s world is fulfilled in different ways.

Reverend Sue Martin


Papua New Guinea 2015
Papua New Guinea:  A journey in 2015

Children and Celebrations

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In Papua New Guinea, there are times for celebrations.

Children and families, young and old, gather together with flowers, dancing and masks! The photo of the children getting ready is one of my favourites. It was taken from the last visit to PNG from the Norwich Diocese.

This blog of our pilgrimage is just starting and our journey is yet to begin. But the preparations are well underway, the itinerary is finished and on this site you can see where we are travelling too and the  things we will be doing.

PNG 2015 Blog - 21 of 86With less than 3 weeks before we will be setting foot in Port Moresby, it is time to look forward and make the final preparations. For me it is the time to make sure that my case or back pack is going to be able to hold all that I am planning to take.

As well as things for myself,  there are things to take for children. I have lots of ideas for stories and fun and maybe even trying on the odd mask or two!

Rev’d Sue Martin

Papua New Guinea 2015
Papua New Guinea 2015

Papua New Guinea Geography

PNG 2015 Blog - 77 of 86Papua New Guinea is 0.6 degrees south of the equator. it is an Oceanic country  With offshore islands in Melanesia in the South West Pacific Ocean.

It is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world with 848 languages. It’s 7 million people live in mainly rural populations and in the few towns and cities.

The country is situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire and there are earthquakes and active volcanoes. It is surrounded by coral reefs and in the highlands there are dense rainforest and a rugged terrain across the mountains, the highest of which is Mt Willhelm at 4,509 metres.

The islands are at the east of the main land and some of the pilgrims will be visiting New Britain Island.

Narrative and data links: Wikipedia

Papua New Guinea 2015
Papua New Guinea 2015 – a journey


August 25th 2015 Riverglenn Brisbane

imageWe all arrived safely at Riverglenn, just outside Brisbane.

Three countries, three dioceses and 23 pilgrims shared time, lives and thoughts. We found out more about our journey to Papua New Guinea and the people we will meet. We learnt to say ‘ thank you ‘ tenke yu tru !

And we bought even more insect repellant for those ferocious mozzies.

At the end of the day we said Evening Prayer together and prayed for our journeys, the communities we are going too and our families that we have left behind for a while.

Tomorrow  morning seems very close now and to me is unbelievable that in a few hours we will be flying to the beautiful lands of Papua New Guinea.

God Bless us on our way…

Papua New Guinea 2015
Papua New Guinea 2015 – the journey begun



August 26th, 2015
A welcome in Port Moresby


m_1bOnce on our way in the Virgin plane the journey felt very real. What would we see, who would we meet, where would we go?

Our pilgrimage thoughts and prayers were with us all as we set off along the way.

We arrived in Port Moresby, where we were met by Bishop Denny. The heat of the day hit us as soon as we walked out of the smart airport. We travelled in a small bus to the Lutheran Guest House, where we were greeted and shown to our rooms. Basic but good accommodation, although the neighbours and the dogs and the road were very noisy throughout the night.


m_1cThat evening was our first meeting with warriors, dancers and the church. Quite a culture shock! But amazing and beautiful people, and we were going to get to know them really well in the next two weeks.

First meeting with Papua New Guinea Warriors!

Four very scared bishops, and fortunately responses were good and we were allowed in to the feast. There followed the most spectacular warrior dance.m_1e

We celebrated Evening Prayer together, with Bishop Denny and Archbishop Clyde, even when the electricity failed! Afterwards we had the most amazing feast, songs and fellowship!

(As a note to followers to this blog, wifi and Internet systems are bit patchy! Will add more images as we can).

So far, absolutely brilliant welcome!

Under Bishop Denny’s house we gathered after prayers in the dark as the electricity had gone out, but that did not diminish the warmth, presence and light of God with us.

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Papua New Guinea 2015 – encountering the new…

Monday, August 31st: returning to Port Moresby

A church in Papua New Guinea
Bringing the gospel…













The three parties all returned to Port Moresby from many adventures in New Britain Island, Dogoura and Mount Hagen.

So many stories and pictures to share. The photo above is from the islands, at a church service bringing in the gospel.

m_4aOur party started the day at 4.30am at Kimbe airport before the gates were opened. It’s quite an informal airport! But the regulations for somethings are strict, like no lawnmowers allowed on the flights.

We had a wonderful view of the island and I was sad to be leaving and wondered if I would ever be back, but know that I will be in touch with some of those we have met.

We had a long wait at Port Moresby but after about 4 hours we had all arrived back and were ready to board the flight for Popondetta. Many stories from  Dogura and from Mt Hagen  to follow.

Reverend Sue Martin

Papua New Guinea 2015
Papua New Guinea 2015 – safely back…


Tuesday, 1st September:2015 Eroror

A welcome to all...
A welcome to all…







We arrived at Popondetta airport to an overwhelming welcome from Bishop Lyndsley, the warriors and dancers. the evening before. There was much celebration and feasting and the evensong service in Popondetta Cathedral was wonderful. An open sided building in a community square.

We stayed at the Birdwing Butterfly Lodge, which was quite splendid and even had air conditioning. Polycarp and his family made us most welcome throughout the trip.4h. Birdwing Butterfly Lodge

On Tuesday we visited Newton Theological College, to celebrate the Eucharist & Bishop David preached to sounds of gentle rain, and bird songs from the rain forest. We had chance for a tour of the college, where the students and their families live and learn and our first refreshments of the day.


police escortOur police escort stayed with us all day and in the heat of the day we went to St Andrews church, where the whole village of Eroror had been flooded severely five years ago.



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Bishop Graham and Canon Sally at Anglican Hospital Oro Bay

Further on we visited St Margaret’s Anglican hospital in Oro Bay, in much need of resources and help, and the staff were great. hosp







Finally we made it, two hours late, to the Franciscan brothers and CV sisters, for evening prayer in the dark and refreshments, speeches and welcome.

By 7pm the police escort saw us back to the Birdwing Butterfly lodge.
Rev’d Sue Martin

Papua New Guinea 2015
Papua New Guinea 2015

Wednesday 2nd September:
Eucharist at Martyr’s School, Popondetta

Our police escort led us to the Martyr’s School out in the country, about 30 minutes from the Birdwing Butterfly Lodge.

A welcome dance...
A welcome dance…










The campus was huge and our greeting was in traditional warrior dance welcome, which led us to the staff room at the school.

The Eucharist was celebrated in real style and dedication, about 1000 people attending, 800 of which were school students. The Papua New Guinea Martyrs were remembered and candles lit for each of them.

Joined for celebration...
Joined for celebration…








A whole afternoon of dances and speeches followed with gifts for us all.

In the evening we had a farewell dinner with Bishop Lynsley and his wife, Felicity and the team. We were presented with gifts, hats, large wood carvings. The bishops gave gifts from our dioceses too and all pilgrims left small gifts for the school and the women.

Reverend Sue Martin

Papua New Guinea 2015
Papua New Guinea 2015 – some farewells

Thursday 3rd September:
Taking leave of friends…

Farewell party at Butterfly Lodge...
Farewell party at Butterfly Lodge…









Planning in PNG time meant that this morning we had plenty of time to sit and wait and talk. At 10.00am Bishop Lynsley arrived to take us into the town.

Lots of people around sitting and waiting in the streets. Some had walked since 1.00 am to get there and would be walking home in the evening. The supermarket was full of goods, many from China.

We went on to the Diocesan offices and Anglicare, a centre for HIV and AIDS, which is a big problem.

Some of us also visited The Girls Friendly Society, and met with Val and her team.

airportfarewellImageAfter lunch at Birdwing Butterfly Lodge we said farewells and went to the airport. It was a two hour check in and so in the one shed we had plenty of time! With Sister Anne, Polycarp, and other friends.

The young boys spotted the plane for the day and we set off for the 30 minute journey.
Arrived back at Lutheran Guest House for supper.


Image: Popondetta airport – Bishop Andrew and Father Benstead, Bibira and the boys…

Reverend Sue Martin

Papua New Guinea 2015
Papua New Guinea 2015 – beginning the return…