Missionaries From Prescott Bring Education and Hope to Papua New Guinea Featured

New school buildings in the jungle of Papua New Guinea.

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  • Jonathan and Susan Kopf left Prescott more than 20 years ago
  • They were sent to serve as missionaries from the Prescott Cornerstone Church
  • They are now working to build educational buildings in the jungle tribe of the Hewa people
  • They are also translating the Bible into the Hewan language
  • Read more…


Prescott missionaries bring Jesus, education and hope to Papua New Guinea

More than 20 years ago, Jonathan and Susan Kopf, who were living in Prescott at the time, embarked on an adventure taking them across the world. 

They were off to Papua New Guinea as missionaries to the Hewa Tribe. Over the years, as missionaries, they ministered to the Hewa tribe with medical services, education and, of course, the Word of God. Over the years, as they embedded their hearts and lives with the Hewa people, learning their traditions and culture as they shared the message of God’s love with those that had never heard it before. They were stretched, challenged and blessed in so many ways. There were times that they had to step out when their lives were endangered, but they always returned when it was safe. 

It’s too long to relate here, but you can read about their efforts in Jonathan’s book: Canopy of Darkness (It’s also available on Amazon as a Kindle book: https://www.amazon.com/Canopy-Darkness-Jonathan-Kopf/dp/1942308205/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2NA32GRK3BY98&keywords=Canopy+of+Darkness&qid=1644219257&sprefix=canopy+of+darkness%2Caps%2C125&sr=8-1) It’s a great read!

Now they are preparing to build a new school in the tribe. They hope to build three 20’x60’ buildings, setting the steel foundation for the first facility by the end of April. New teachers are being interviewed right now.

Follow Jonathan and Susan Kopf on their website, check out their blog. If you would like to donate toward the Christian school, you can send your gift to the regular Ethnos360 address in Florida (312 W 1st St Sanford, FL 32771), and include a note to have it forwarded to the Hewa Ministry account in PNG #416228.


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Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Editor and Publisher of CopperState News. In her past life, she was the founder of a successful local news media publication in the Prescott area. She started CopperState News with the idea that local news deserves a statewide platform.

Besides prowling around for community news - especially good news! - Lynne and her husband Lewis enjoy their eight children and six grandchildren (although more are always welcome!). Lynne is connected non-stop to her camera and loves creating unique gifts with her Cricut!

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