Stephen & Laurie Erickson

Career Missionaries since 2007, serving the Gogodala people of Papua New Guinea.

We are Stephen and Laurie Erickson with our two daughters, Karin and Johanna. In 2003, after working as an architect for 20 years, I received a pink slip and suddenly was unemployed. But God provided me with small jobs to pay the bills while, unknown to me, He was preparing us for cross-cultural mission work. An elderly saint in our church said to Laurie one day, “Maybe God wants you to be missionaries. Do you get the AFM magazine?” I attended a Christian men’s conference and heard a fiery young preacher talk about the need for missionaries in unreached areas of the world. But it was another eight months before I started thinking seriously about AFM. One night, I experienced some serious doubts and prayed for clarity and assurance that God was leading. Before dawn the next morning, I woke up realizing I had just seen myself in heaven surrounded by a dozen PNG men thanking me for coming to share the gospel with them.

Now we’ve been working with the Gogodala people since 2007. We’re building a training-center campus that will also serve as a camp meeting facility. Twelve young men from Kewa village are helping us. None of them were church members before, but now, nearly all of them are baptized. Our plan is to use the training center to equip local missionaries to take the everlasting gospel to other villages up and down the Aramia River.

Frontier Stories

Coming Home

After being away from our people for nearly a year, the sight of them brought a sense of peace, a feeling that this is where I am supposed to be.

By: Stephen Erickson
October 01 2021, 8:20 pm | Comments 0

Coming Back

There is One who cares for them even more than we do. Our Heavenly Father longs for them, and us, to miss Him, appreciate Him and ask when He is coming back.

By: Laurie Erickson
September 01 2021, 2:09 pm | Comments 0

Namulu

Sometimes Namulu was viewed with suspicion by his fellow tribesmen because they thought he used his cultural art as sorcery against people to cause sickness or death. But his son, Michael, one of the young workers helping me build the training center, was baptized after studying the Bible with us.

By: Stephen Erickson
August 01 2021, 3:34 pm | Comments 0

Jojo and the Caring Girls

I was happy and hoppy to be their little wallaby. The missionaries took good care of me, and I could tell that they really loved and cared for the Gogodala people, too.

By: Laurie Erickson
June 01 2021, 2:29 pm | Comments 0

Pathfinder Leaders Needed

Even though the Cabrals’ time on the project was cut short, they made a lasting difference. What a joy it has been for us to work with them! We invite you to join with us in prayer asking God to send the right person or people to fill the vacancy.

By: Stephen Erickson
April 01 2021, 7:18 pm | Comments 0

Back to top