Pacific Island Ministries
PO Box 1765
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Equipping God's people for works of service
Pacific Island Ministries (PIM) was incorporated in 1977 as a nonprofit organization in the State of California, to promote education and development in Papua New Guinea. It was established through the leadership of Orneal Kooyers by a group of USA West Coast Christian business people.
Mission Headquartes at Ambunti
Orneal's educational background is in science, mathematics, teaching, and school administration which led to a position of a school district superintendent in Northern California before going to New Guinea in 1961. His wife Martha was a teacher for six years in California elementary schools.
Kooyers worked for 16 years translating the New Testament into the language of the Waskuk people in the Sepik basin before forming PIM in 1977. Literacy courses led to the formation of a school called the Ambunti Akademi which taught Melanesian, English, mathematics and morals. Many Akademi students later became staff members of PIM while others realized employment in other areas of PNG, some as teachers, foremen, managers, clerks, bookkeepers, and workers in construction.
PIM (USA) is governed by a sixteen member Board of Directors that meets semiannually. Its Executive Committee meets regularly to conduct business in conformance to the laws of the State of California and the Internal Revenue Service of the USA. It's books are audited by certified auditors by standard accounting practices. It is a charter member of the Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability. PIM (PNG), formed in 1978 with headquarters at Ambunti, East Sepik Province, is governed by a Board of Managers of whom six are nationals and two are expatriate.
PIM operates largely in rural northwest PNG, specifically, in the upper Sepik River basin and the Central Range, though it has limited activity in the Waria Valley in the Morobe Province. The mission's headquarters is located on the Sepik River at Ambunti about 45 river miles above Pagwi village on the river and 60 air miles southwest of Wewak.
The Sepik swamps are very much like the Everglades, however water levels fluctuate 25 to 30 feet. Most communities are accessible by water transport. With the isolation, the nature of the environment, and the large expense involved, other groups and the government have not undertaken to be involved in uplifting the livelihood of the people.
Since PIM's policy is to respond to need, it has become involved in many activities with an emphasis in education. PIM pioneered in setting up Christian primary K-3 schools in the rural regions of the Sepik. Currently it sponsors up to 40 schools along with its short courses in leadership, management, ethics, specialized education, and training on the job.
Pacific Island Ministries