About Ian Hutchinson
Ian comes from St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Broken Hill, New South Wales, where he served as a Lay Reader and Pastoral Assistant.
He spent 4 years with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Papua New Guinea (PNG) from 1980-84, hiking around the Eastern Highlands Province, supervising literacy programs in several languages, helping children learn to read the Scriptures in their village language.
After 20 years as a Special Education teacher in Broken Hill, Ian retired in 2011 to become a carer for his wife, Helen, who passed away in January 2017.
In October 2018, he returned to PNG with Wycliffe Bible Translators, this time as the Highlands Audio Project Manager, to help put translated Scriptures onto solar powered AudioBibles and SD cards, so that the WORD can be HEARD.
He says, “I have seen how hard it is for the village people in PNG to read, because their culture is verbal and oral, with very little reading material. Many times, I have seen their eyes light up when I play an AudioBible to them, with Scriptures and sometimes songs in their own language. The solar panel on the back means it lasts for years, without any need for them to find a new battery.”
Romans 10:17 tells us, “Faith comes by what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ.” In particular, many churches preach in the trade language, Pidgin English, but as one man said, “The Sunday message was always a puzzle to me. But as I listen to my AudioBible during the week, the message becomes clear to me in my own language and that’s how God speaks to my head and to my heart!”
Ian says, “Not for one moment have I left the Lutheran Church of Australia and joined a separate organisation. Instead, my work in PNG is an extension of the outreach of the Australian Lutheran Church through its International Mission arm, especially through the prayer support of the church. There is still much spiritual darkness in PNG, and the role of the church has always been to bring the light of the Gospel to the whole world.”
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