|Sister Rose shares life in Papua New Guinea|
|Written by Nancy Spencer|
|Thursday, January 31, 2013 2:35 PM|
Papua New Guinea occupies the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and numerous islands. Sister Rose served the people of PNG since 1964, starting as a grade-school teacher.
“I arrived in Papua New Guinea on Sept. 1 in 1964 and was teaching on Sept. 2,” she said. “The first thing I noticed was girls were terminated from school in the sixth grade. So, we built a new school for girls to teach them village life with classes on agriculture and animal husbandry, for example.”
Sister Rose then worked in the prison ministry as a probation officer for eight years, helping inmates get early release and work privileges.
“One day I was traveling and I was held up on the road and my car was stolen and I was almost kidnapped,” she said “I think that was God telling me to do something else. That’s when I started working with the HIV/AIDS patients.”
The population of PNG is approximately 7,013,800. With nearly 1 percent of the adult population testing positive for HIV or suffering with AIDS, her work was cut out for her.
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