A new district was organized last Wednesday in Papua New Guinea in Madang. The Madang Lae Papua New Guinea District includes two branches in Madang and one branch in Lae. The new district becomes the first of its kind in Papua New Guinea to cover such a large geographical area and is the first new district organized within the past decade with as few branches. The Church has experienced slow growth in this region of the country, but the organization of the new district may indicate that growth has accelerated and additional branches may be organized in the near future although church leadership has not confirmed this assumption.
There are now two stakes and 11 districts in Papua New Guinea. The Church in Papua New Guinea would greatly benefit from the organization of a second mission to meet the large administrative burden on mission leaders and to spur greater national outreach expansion.