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in an LWF Assembly for the First Time
Papua New Guinea Bishop
Kigasung: "The Assembly Was very Special to Me"
For Papua New
Guinea Bishop Wesley Kigasung, the excitement about attending a
world Assembly for the first time in oneís life presents mixed
feelings. Kigasung, 52, head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of
Papua New Guinea (ELC-PNG), was 46 years-old when he participated
for the first time, in a Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Assembly.
Seven months after the 1997 LWF Ninth Assembly in Hong Kong, China,
he was elected bishop of his church. Kigasung, who will be a
delegate to the 2003 LWF Tenth Assembly in Winnipeg, Canada, spoke
to Assembly Update about his expectations and experiences at the
will we see there; who will we meet; what kind of atmosphere are we
going to experience; will we find our way around the place and not
get lost; what are we expected to do as delegates and how much is
expected of us. Then there are the concerns about the main issues to
be discussed at the assembly and whether the delegates will be able
to comprehend everything said and discussed.
As a young
theologian attending an LWF Assembly for the first time, those were
the type of questions in my mind as I went to Hong Kong, China for
the LWF Ninth Assembly. But I must say that I was impressed with the
way I was able to find my way around the Assembly venue, between
meeting places, eating places, hotels, and so onówith much ease
and I experienced less fear of being lost. I was able to follow all
the proceedings, discussions and debates with no problem. I was even
surprised that I was able to participate in the worship service and
also had the opportunity to contribute to an issue on the Assembly
to me was very special in the way it brought people of different
races, nationalities and languages together as a communion of
believers and Christian witnesses. The expression of life in worship
and culture and studies brought together the different dimensions of
human life and experiences which were so rich and powerful."
is one of the two LWF member churches in Papua New Guinea. It has
815,000 members, and joined the LWF in 1976.
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