This month, three men will be appointed as elders and pastors of the Loron church.

Joel was a teenager when NTM missionaries first arrived in his village more than 25 years ago. “He was one of the first people to respond positively to the Gospel and has been a faithful believer and Bible teacher,” wrote Paul and Marina Briggs, missionaries to the Loron people.

Although he never had the opportunity to receive a formal education, Joel learned to read and write “and eventually became the Loron literacy coordinator, supervising dozens of literacy teachers in ten villages. Over the past 20 years he helped to bring the Gospel to a number of other Loron villages, where there are now thriving groups of believers.”

Donald lived in a village a day’s walk away from where missionaries live and did not hear the Gospel until