Picture Rolls Make a Comeback in Papua New Guinea

An example of newly designed Bible picture rolls, when they were introduced at the 2017 Adventist Laymen

Evangelistic tool makes witnessing easier for those in rural areas, leaders said.

The picture roll — a popular discipleship tool of the past — is being re-introduced to Papua New Guinea communities with the support of the South Pacific Division church region.

On June 20, 2019, Madang Manus Mission president Garry Laukei met with the principals of Adventist schools in Madang. He demonstrated the picture roll as one of the best tools schools can use to share biblical messages without the need for a projector and a laptop. Among those attending the meeting, four of the principals said they would immediately introduce the picture rolls into their schools: Steven Masu (Akurai Primary School), Margaret Kamana (Asai Primary School), Fred Nasukra (Sama Primary School), and Joe Benjamin (Riwo Primary School).

Benjamin invited Laukei to his school to officially present the picture rolls the following day. The president encouraged both staff and students to use the new resources every Sabbath morning for their branch Sabbath school and during the week for small-group Bible studies. The teachers expressed excitement in being able to use the picture rolls to evangelize the 60 percent of students who are not Adventist and to the wider Riwo community.

“The use of the picture roll was something of the past, and many students today have not sighted one in their schools and do not know what it is,” Laukei said. “It disappeared many years ago in Papua New Guinea. For the young generation [born] after the year 2000, the introduction of the picture roll is a new development.

“I would like to see more schools in Madang and Manus involved in discipleship using the tool our church region has provided,” Laukei added. “Madang Manus Mission is pleased to receive the picture rolls from the Division and would like to thank them for re-introducing the picture rolls to make witnessing easier for those in the rural areas where technology cannot reach them.”


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