Stephen and Carolyn Crockett are currently serving with New Tribes Mission in Papua, Indonesia. There they are working among the Moi people, a small language group of about 1,000 people. They are working as church planters and are involved in Bible translation, Bible curriculum development, Literacy as well as medical and some community development.
Their passion for reaching the unreached began years ago during their childhood where they grew up as missionary kids overseas. Stephen’s parents worked in Papua New Guinea and Carolyn’s parents worked among the Lauje people of Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Both of them have vivid memories of the impact of the gospel on people whose lives were filled with fear of evil spirits, sorcery, and hopelessness. The transformation of remote and isolated peoples moving from darkness to light created a burden in them to take that gospel to others who have never heard.
In 1998 Stephen and Carolyn along with their daughters Ashley and Mariah moved to Indonesia, a country of over 850 different language groups. After a year of Indonesian language study they began doing survey trips to remote locations where they eventually made contact with the Moi and began working with them. The years from 2000 to 2004 were spent in Moi language and culture study. After that they began the literacy program, Bible translation and curriculum development. And finally in January 2006, after two months of teaching, eight Moi accepted Christ as their personal Savior.
The Lord has been faithfully building his church among the Moi ever since. As of 2015 there are over 150 believers. Of these believers there are around 10 Bible teachers who have been trained to use the Bible lessons. We are praising the Lord for these men who remain faithfully serving even during times when there is no missionary presence in the tribe. Stephen and Carolyn (along with their coworkers Rich and Karen Brown) are encourage with the process that is being made and are hopeful that the time will soon come where elders will be able to be ordained. Meanwhile, they covet your prayers as they continue on in Bible Translation and Curriculum development. They also appreciate your prayers for their daughters who are currently attending college in the States.
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