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CHI Papua New Guinea Exhibit to Close


There is only one month remaining to view the Concordia Historical Institute’s extensive museum exhibit “Bringing Christ to the Highlands,” featuring LCMS mission work that began in 1948. The CHI exhibit frames the work of Christ and the Gospel in Papua New Guinea (PNG) with a series of paintings done by missionary Robert Kroenke, an extensive number of PNG artifacts, photographs and quotes from missionary personnel.

“This is a major exhibit chronicling the Lord’s redeeming work in a mission field that proved to be one of the most challenging—and the most blessed by the Word of God.” said Dr. Daniel Harmelink, Executive Director of CHI. “The Papua New Guinea mission field received more LCMS personnel than any other. This is a great opportunity for us to re-discover the Word proclaimed and the Word received in faith by so many who lived without the Gospel for so long. It is CHI’s prayer that all who view the exhibit will enjoy a renewed appreciation for the rich history of eternal treasures of the Cross freely offered and freely taken hold of by the people of Papua New Guinea. This is an mission exhibit you will not want to miss.”

“This is the first time many of these objects have been on public display, including the missionary paintings of Robert Kroenke and some outstanding examples of life in Papua New Guinea as the first LCMS missionaries found it,” reported Rebecca Wells, Museum Registrar at CHI. “This exhibit not only focuses on the people of Papua New Guinea and the missionaries that came to serve, but ultimately on the missionary heart of God that brought salvation to many who knew nothing of Christ and his sacrifice in their place.”

For those outside the Saint Louis area, a large 44 page full-color exhibit catalog is available for $8.00 each. It features photographs of 36 of the Kroenke paintings, more than 50 artifacts as well as several memorable quotes by LCMS missionaries who served in Papua New Guinea.

The CHI museum exhibit at 804 Seminary Place in Saint Louis, Missouri will be open during regular weekday hours of Monday through Friday (8:30AM – 4:00PM). The last day to view the exhibit before it closes will be Friday, July 1, 2016.

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