God Is Helping an Adventist Church Member Transform His Village

In Papua New Guinea, Pedro Paul is changing lives through studying God’s Word.

Garry Laukei, Adventist Record
God Is Helping an Adventist Church Member Transform His Village
Members of the Discovery Bible Reading group, studying the book of Mark. The number of members has increased to 43. [Photo: Adventist Record]

Pedro Paul grew up in a Christian home in Takekel, in East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea (PNG). After school he joined the Defence Force and married Redy Sammy from the nearby village of Sunny Bird — a small but diverse community of just 500, representing people from 22 PNG provinces.

Pedro’s education and work took the couple to Port Moresby, the national capital, and in 2006, they joined the Born-Again Church. Pedro spent time in prayer and Bible reading, his life was changed, and while employed in the Defence Force he was soon regarded as a pastor — who loved memorizing Scripture, visiting, and praying with members. And he was a very good preacher!

The Verse that Changed His Life

On January 2, 2022, while preparing for a Sunday service, Pedro felt directed to read Isaiah 58:13,14. For him it was a revelation. He saw the reward and joy of keeping the Sabbath holy. He was convicted that “there is joy in keeping the Sabbath.” He studied and found many more verses about the Sabbath in the Old and New Testaments.  When scheduled to preach a week later, he shared his conviction that Saturday is the true Sabbath day, but it did not go well. He was suspended and told to stay away from church for six months.

Not discouraged, the couple began keeping Sabbath in their home and did more research. Their faith grew, as well as their love of Sabbath. In mid-2022, a friend — a bus driver who was also seeking biblical truth — visited and invited him to observe a church worshipping on Sabbath. Pedro told his friend, “There is no time to [simply] observe the Adventist church. It is keeping the Sabbath, and we must join!” So, in mid-2022, Pedro and his wife joined the NBC Five Mile Seventh-day Adventist Church in Port Moresby.

Pedro’s Burden

In 2018 Pedro had spent his holidays in Sunny Bird, his wife’s village. He found people nearby, including his mother-in-law, calling it “Sodom and Gomorrah.” But after a week in prayer and observing the community, he started a fellowship for children under his house. Other adults soon joined to help, and when he returned to his work in Port Moresby, he knew he was called to work for his people in Sunny Bird.

In December 2022, Pedro retired from the Defence Force and returned home to Sunny Bird to continue what he had started in 2018 — this time as a new Adventist. He started a small Discovery Bible Reading group, which today has 43 participants. Members in the local Adventist church were surprised — with its reputation as “Sodom and Gomorrah,” they felt little could be done!

When Pedro found the joy and beauty of the Sabbath, he was intentional in sharing what he had discovered—and he did not forget his commitment to return to Sunny Bird, where he is now dedicated to sharing God’s Word using the Discovery Bible Reading method.

Elders from the Adventist congregation at Napapar, two kilometers (1.25 miles) away, visited Pedro’s Discovery Bible Reading group and were delighted to learn the group had worked through the Gospels of Mark and John, and the book of Acts. One of the elders was surprised that the group gave more weekly offerings on Friday nights than their organized church did. Discovery Bible Reading encourages all to participate, and they are excited as they discover and learn Bible truths for themselves.

Redy and Pedro Paul. [Photo: Adventist Record]

Pedro’s Dream

“I am now at home fulfilling my dream of changing ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’ into a community who love God,” Pedro said. “I just want to serve God in my remaining years to compensate for the years I spent wandering…. I have no time to talk business, politics, customs, and other things that would keep me from fishing for men and women. I am committed to fish for people until I die.”

Pedro has found that Discovery Bible Reading gives an opportunity for the participants to read, analyze, and discuss the truth they discover. One does not need to appeal to people to accept the truth. They can work out the truth for themselves and make decisions. It is the best method, for it does not create suspicion, disagreement, or debate for people to share what they have read and discovered.

John Sammy, one of Pedro’s relatives and a member of the group, says, “Discovery Bible Reading sticks in our minds, and my family all look forward to Wednesday and Friday nights because they want to share and discover more about Jesus from the Bible. This is the simplest method to help people understand the truth.”

Pedro’s now plans to start another Discovery Bible Readinggroup in the village of Takakel where he grew up — to fish for more people. He has found that anyone can do Discovery Bible Reading and says, “It’s not about me, but about those who still do not know the truth about Jesus and His Sabbath — and His blessings.”

The original version of this profile was posted by Adventist Record.

Garry Laukei, Adventist Record