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When he heard what the Lamb of God did for him, he ran and hid in a ditch

Thu, Jun. 22, 2017 Posted: 03:54 PM


By Mark Ellis

Simon and Annika Flanagan, missionaries with Ethnos360, recently planted a church in the village of Soi, Papua New Guinea.

One of the recent converts in the village, a young man named Koppa, grew up in another village many miles away.

“I never knew my mom and my dad and as soon as I had an opportunity I moved away from my small village into one of the bigger towns,” Koppa told them. “Then I soon got involved with the wrong crowd and started to use drugs and alcohol.”

A rebellious spirit and corrupt behavior got him into trouble with the police and he had to run from town to town in order to avoid arrest. But eventually, the authorities caught up with him and he landed in jail.

“I escaped out of jail but nearly got killed when the police shot at me. So I fled far away to hide from the police here in the village here where I’m living now,” he recounted.

Hiding in the village, he heard about the Flanagans' arrival and their intention to launch a school. He learned they would teach reading and also about “the Creator and His talk.”

Koppa was intrigued because he had never learned to read. He approached Eddie, one of the teachers helping the missionaries.

“There’s no way I can learn because I’m just a rascal without any knowledge,” he told Eddie.

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