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In 1980s, Dwight Walker went with Wynnum Baptist to do a short-term mission to APCM (Asia Pacific Christian Mission, later Pioneers) at Mougulu, Western Province with Tom Hoey and built a school at the Fuma. He flew on MAF from Mt Hagen to Mougulu with Roy Hoey who was later killed in a plane crash. This had an impact on him re Bible translation and Christian missionary work. Tom later finished translating the Bible into Bedamuni (Biami tribe) and Dwight saw it in around 2010 in Brisbane.
In 2018, Tom Hoey still goes up to Mougulu for work parties on hydro or radio station. In February 2018, there was an earthquake in Mougulu and the hydro was damaged. Also in April 2018 there was an earthquake in Mougulu.
In March 2021, MAF had its 75th anniversary Zoom session with Colin Buchanan MC where very interesting history of MAF was shown and catchup with pilots and missionaries in PNG online plus new base in Mareeba QLD. Monument to Roy Hoey at Mt Hagen base was shown in the video which was rewarding as Dwight flew with him and had not seen what they had done to honour his death at MAF.
In March 2022, Tom Hoey (Evangelical Church in Papua New Guinea) is publishing Bedamuni Bible via Hong Bible Society, quite an achievement. In intro, he honours Roy Hoey who flew Dwight and Pastor Isilowa whom Dwight knew when he visited in 1985.
Mavis Price is a family friend, whose father Rhys Price was a patrol officer in PNG in WWII (1940s) and later missionary with Presbyterian Inland Mission in Kimberley, WA when Dwight's parents Preston and Kath Walker and family were missionaries with UAM at Sunday Island, Derby and Fitzroy Crossing. She was a literacy teacher at Ukarumpa, PNG, for Wycliffe and SIL to translate the Bible into the local languages and teach literacy to villagers. Now she is part-time literacy lecturer at SIL Kangaroo Ground VIC (12/16).
WIFI and location database in Google Maps was developed by Dwight Walker. Around 2010, Dwight Walker mapped Mougulu and other mission stations on Google Maps, using PNG census statistics to draw him to the existence of Mougulu on Google Maps.
There are many technical issues in PNG e.g. network down, Website down (bugs, no support), mobile carrier down or no signal, weather destroying infrastructure, remote with no internet or mobile phone coverage.
From 2011 till 2017 Dwight Walker was honorary Webmaster of Digital Publications (ex Web and Electronic) Indexing SIG of American Society for Indexing. He listed SIL resources on fonts and scripting languages in resources to help other translators worldwide. That site is now only on WayBack Machine as it was taken down without notice in September 2017 to be replaced by another site using WordPress. Dwight kept backups.
In 2018 and 2019, I have met 4 or 5 PNG people on trains in Brisbane area. Many live in Moreton Bay Region (Caboolture, Morayfield, Petrie). They are from Catholic church in Caboolture (St Peters) and SDA church in Dakabin. In about 2015, I met PNG people in Caboolture going to SDA conference who were camping at Caboolture Showground. SDA have a big church, conference centre and caravan park at Dakabin called Watson Park where they hold their annual conferences for the South Pacific.
In Dec 2015 in Brisbane, Dwight Walker met an ex PNG policeman who informed him of police brutality being rife with very few being charged or sentenced for murdering civilians. He said AFP were only training PNG police.
Created 12 Feb 2013 9:44
Updated 20 Sep 2023 2:31