Rachel Shisei | PNG Loop
More than 1.2million churchgoers of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea (ELC-PNG) nationwide are still awaiting Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s response to the petition they handed to his office last year against the controversial Seabed Mining.
The ELC-PNG Bible Study Master, Pastor Matei Ibak confirmed that the church hadn’t received any response from Mr O’Neill’s office from the day the petition representing 1.2million of them was made till today.
Pr Ibak said the church was expecting a response to the petition sooner from Mr O’Neill, since he is a Lutheran churchgoer and therefore proudly regarded as a ‘Son of the Lutheran Church’ being the Prime Minister.
The petition was made at the 29th Synod of the Lutheran Church held on Karkar Island in Madang Province last year, which saw presidents of all 17 districts in the country representing their congregation and siging the petition against Seabed Mining at the Synod.
He said the church clearly stated on the petition that this act to allow the Canadian-owned company Nautilus to touch the country’s seabed is clearly not a Christian practice as it is against what the bible instructs.
The petition signed by the ELC-PNG Head Bishop, Reverend Giegere Wenge, stated the bible verses of Genesis 1:26 and Genesis 2:15 to support their stand against the undersea mining.
The ELC-PNG, like all other NGOs and individuals against this undersea mining, clearly indicated the word ‘experimental’ before the words ‘seabed mining’ on its petition to show that it is against the company experimenting in Papua New Guinea’s seas.