Roger Doriot Missionary Family in Irian Jaya
To editor UNITYINCHRIST.COM,
From "Roger E. Doriot, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Subject: Greetings from Irian Jaya, now Papua
Found your site while looking for more things on Irian
Jaya on the Internet. We have been working here since 1975.
I had heard a little here and there about the changes in the
Worldwide Church of God, but hadn't really read much on it.
I was glad to read some of the things you put on your site.
Praise the Lord that He does lead those who really want to
know the truth to the truth!
Don't have time to check your site further tonight,
but wanted to drop you a note. Thought you might be interested
in what has happened here too. Tremendous things the Lord
has done in some of these formerly cannibalistic tribes where
we have been working!
Yours in Christ,
To: editor UNITYINCHRIST.COM
From: "Roger E. Doriot, email@example.com,
Since I grew up in a Christian home, near Fayette, Ohio,
and we regularly attended an evangelical church, I knew much
of the Bible and understood the Gospel from an early age.
It was at the age of ten that I definitely received Christ
as my personal Savior, on July 15, 1954, at a Bible camp in
Greenfield, Ohio. I had been convicted of being a sinner
and needing to be saved for some time, and on a Thursday evening
at the evangelistic service, I went forward to an altar there
and asked the Lord to save me. At the same camp two years
later, at a campfire service, I made a complete commitment
of my life to the Lord, in accordance with Romans 12:1,2,
determining to do whatever the Lord wanted me to do with my
life. Early in life, I chose Proverbs 3:5, 6 as my "life
verses": "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean
not unto thing own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge
him, and he shall direct thy paths."
After high school, I attended Bible college
one year, then studied Civil Engineering. After graduation,
I worked as an engineer for about three years. Then I felt
the Lord wanted me to prepare for full-time Christian service,
and went on to seminary. During my seminary years, I met
Suzanne Fogle, and after we were married, the Lord led Suzanne
and me into association with UFM International, ["UFM" stands
for Unevangelized Fields Mission] and after graduation, we
went to Irian Jaya to serve in a church-planting and Bible
Roger E. Doriot
My father made the navy his career, as our family moved
often. In each new location we found a gospel preaching church
and became faithful members soon after. Early in my life
I learned the basics of salvation from my mother. These truths
concerning my personal sin and Christ's substitutionary death
were deeply meaningful to me though I was of pre-school age.
During a week-long revival service I went forward in response
to the invitation and publicly acknowledged my faith in Jesus
Christ as my Savior.
A few weeks later after following the Lord
in baptism, I felt moved to become a missionary nurse. This
became a life-time commitment to the Lord. At age 12 while
living in Japan, I read about an African boy in Reader's Digest.
As a result I committed my life to serve the Lord in a tribal
situation. Throughout my life many different Scriptures have
been used of God to encourage and guide me. John 3:16-18
has been the basis for my understanding of and my assurance
NALJA, IRIAN JAYA
Irian Jaya is the former Dutch New Guinea, or West Irian,
the western half of the second largest island in the world.
It is located just north of Australia, just below the equator.
It is a province (state) in the country of Indonesia.
The one and a half million inhabitants are divided into about 260 different
tribes, some as small as 100 or less people with a distinct
language. The Nalja tribe is a tribe of about 8,000 people,
living in about 50 different villages in an 800 square mile
area of interior mountain highlands, about 125 miles south
of Sentani (MAF base [MAF standing for Mission Aviation Fellowship.
Log onto http://www.unityinchrist.com/evangelism/aviation.htm
for a description of the organization that provides Roger's
transportation.] and Jayapura (provincial capitol-formerly
Hollandia) on the north coast.
The Nalja people are short, almost pygmy type, kinky haired black-skinned people.
Agriculture and a little hunting provide bare subsistence
living, sweet potatoes being the staple. Inter-village fighting
with bows and arrows was common in the past, with cannibalism
practiced occasionally. They live in round grass-roofed houses,
with no furniture, and a fireplace in the center of the room.
Animism has been their religion, primarily involving worship and fear of spirits,
supposedly of their departed ancestors. The need for sanitation
was not known, medicine was unknown--in fact, these people
had no contact with the outside world until the latter half
of this twentieth century.
Two UFM missionaries trekked for about a week through the dense jungle from
the nearest airstrip to contact the Nalja tribe in 1963.
A short airstrip was built and opened in 1964, with the Stan
Sadler family arriving to begin the work.
Analyzing the unwritten language was difficult, and interest by the people low,
so the work went slowly during the initial years. Sadlers
had to leave the field, and the Cuttings and several other
families and individuals spent some time at Nalja.
Finally, in 1970, a break came, and the first village burned their fetishes.
There were still some ups and downs, but in 1974 the first
believer was baptized. The Doriots arrived in late 1975,
just as preparations were being made for the first major baptism.
Forty were baptized in 1976, and forty-six more in 1977, but then a big inter-village
war set things back significantly. However, in a couple years,
things began to move forward even more rapidly. By the end
of 1981, church membership had doubled, and by 1984 had doubled
again, making a total of about 400 baptized believers when
the Doriots left for furlough that year.
During that year of furlough, the church came into its own, learning to pretty
much carry on by themselves, and 218 additional believers
were baptized. There were then about fifteen churches organized
with indigenous leadership, over thirty-five villages having
at least one baptized believer, and evangelists working in
most of the other villages in the tribe as well.
In the subsequent years, the church has continued to grow. In 1986, almost
another hundred were baptized, and about 200 more in 1987,
which gave the tribe 1000 baptized believers. The number
has continued to climb. However, there was another inter-village
war in 1989, which was not finally settled until 1991. This
was a significant setback for a time for five major villages.
Several young men are in an Indonesian Bible School on the coast (first graduate
in 1992), with other leaders being trained in the Nalja Bible
School, in the vernacular language. Several fellows are taking,
or planning to take, further theological training in other
parts of Indonesia.
The Doriots are now working with the Nalja church in reaching out into a number
of neighboring unevangelized tribes, as well as working to
complete the translation of the New Testament and continuing
to work to develop leadership and help advise current tribal
LIFE AT NALJA
Life for a missionary at Nalja is a little different than life in the States,
to be sure. Our closest neighbors (other than our tribal
friends) live two days' walk away, or fifteen minutes by single
engine aircraft [Mission Aviation Fellowship aircraft]. There
are no roads in the Nalja jungle. However, we do have an
SSB radio, so we have contact almost every day with people
from other interior stations or on the coast.
Cooking is done on a wood-burning stove, and running water comes by a ¾ inch
plastic pipe form a spring 100 yards away. We have a kerosene-burning
refrigerator, and electric lights by a 12-volt DC system powered
by two solar panels on our roof.
Labor is cheap, so we have some househelp to assist in cooking, cleaning, watching
children, etc., to free much of our time as possible for the
multitude of responsibilities here. Besides her household
duties, Suzanne does much medical work, and also has Bible
studies with different groups of ladies.
Roger works on translation and literacy, preaches, counsels, and advises in
various areas, supervises station and airstrip maintenance
(and new airstrip construction--Terablu is now the seventh
airstrip in the area), does ordering, bookkeeping, and correspondence,
occasionally treks through the mountains to various villages
to assist and encourage the local believers and workers, plus
whatever else needs to be done at the moment.
We look forward to the arrival of the MAF airplane every week or so to get mail,
as well as to the summer and Christmas holidays and vacations,
when we can be together with our whole family, as the older
children must go to school away from home on the coast.
The work is sometimes difficult, many times discouraging, even exasperating,
but also rewarding, fulfilling, and satisfying, and we wouldn't
trade places with anyone, as we believe this is where the
Lord wants us to be. With the Lord watching over us, and
a multitude of friends and relatives caring and praying for
us back home, what more could we need or want?
PERMANENT PRAYER REQUESTS
growth and testimony of Nalja believers.
for, and continuing development of, church leadership.
patience, wisdom, and personal discipline for Doriots.
of the unreached and the uncommitted.
distribution, and reading of the Scriptures.
school, literacy, and general schooling.
finances to carry on necessary ministries, including funding
needed to reach new tribes.
Roger: October 6, 1943
Suzanne: February 18, 1949
Kathy: December 26, 1973
Jonathan: February 26, 1975
Brian: July 12, 1976
Linda: October 12, 1982
Daniel: December 27, 1985
Subject: The Chicken Head (Irian Jaya jungle trekking)
My son Daniel (13), and I had risen early and were sitting around the fire with
a few other Nalja tribespeople in the grass roofed hut where
we had spent the night in the Salenggon village. We were
planning to get an early start for our seven hour trek back
home to our station, as we had a treacherous cliff to negotiate
on the way back, along with a stop to check on lumber being
cut out by Nalja pitt sawyers (by hand using a cross cut saw)
for a small translation building for the three Nalja tribal
Bible translators with whom we work as we finish up the New
Testament in the Nalja language.
We ate a little of some of the food my wife, Suzanne, had packed for us, and
some of the fruit we had bought the day before from villagers
as we traveled, and were about ready to leave when a young
man ducked through the low doorway into the hut carrying a
wok. "We have some chicken for you," he said. Well, the
aroma was good, and though I realized it wasn't Kentucky Fried
Chicken, it was a really nice gesture from them, and I figured
it would still taste good.
They placed the wok near the fireplace between Daniel and me, and I reached
over and picked up a piece in the dim light f the barely flickering
fire. I took a little bite off the side of the piece, quite
heavily seasoned and quite tasty. As I did, I thought to
myself, "As dark as it is in here, I could be eating the head,
for all I know!" (They waste NOTHING when they eat meat here!)
Just then the fire flickered a little more brightly, and I
saw the silhouette of a rooster's comb on the piece I was
Well, being the generous person I am, at that point I placed that delicacy back
in the pan for some person more worthy than myself, and took
another piece! And after I mentioned it to Daniel, I noticed
that he also avoided that piece.
We did appreciate that contribution to our breakfast, however, and a little
later obtained a couple of carriers and left for the Diriwemnat
village nearby, where we made a short visit, and then headed
home, at which we arrived safely early in the afternoon.
Please pray for these tribal people in the Nalja tribe, and for those in the
other approximately 270 different tribes in Irian Jaya, Indonesia!
Pray for those where the church is already established, as
at Nalja where we have worked for twenty years. Pray for
those where the church is very new. And pray for those tribes
still without the Gospel or any church at all!
We'd love to send you occasional info and stories by e-mail if you'd like, so
you can also pray specifically and have a meaningful part
in the wonderful things the Lord is doing to raise up people
for himself from among many formerly Stone Age tribes throughout
Irian Jaya! Thank you for your concern! Let us know if you'd
like to join us in prayer.
Yours in Christ,
Roger E. Doriot
http://www.jesus-connect.net/world/jesus/Doriot (then click on Doriot circles for interesting pictures,)
P.S.: Please pass this on to friends and others as the Lord leads, and pray
that the Lord will raise up more prayer support for His work
in this needy area of the world.
A two-week workshop for translation consultants starts here Monday. Pray for
my presentation on that day, and for a profitable time for
us throughout the workshop.
Lulanat-ups and downs in the last week. We had about given up hope, as she
was feeling very bad and discouraged after the last time the
incision reopened, and with the inability of the doctors to
close it up. She wouldn't eat at all. We arranged for her
to have some sugar cane, and other tasty food--and she started
eating well. However, yesterday we heard the doctors are
concerned because they believe there is some urine getting
into her stomach, indicating a serious problem. So,.(You're
probably weary praying for her, but as the Lord enables, please
keep it up.) [It worked, as it seems she's healed up nicely
JESUS Film: Got great news this week--that we can have the JESUS Film done
in the Nalja language! This would be great for the Nalja
people, and even some of the neighboring tribes where some
of the people understand this language--like some of the Kosare
people where Tadius and Lulanat have been working. Pray for
all the arrangements we must make to provide funding, get
Nalja translation into script, etc. It will cost about $7,000
total, we were told. [To see what the JESUS Film Project
is all about, and a description of the ones who trek into
these lands to show it, log onto: http://www.unityinchrist.com/evangelism/excerpts_isawjesus.htm .] .
UFM meetings-important meetings this week of all UFM missionaries here in Papua.
Plans being made for future ministry of the UFM hospital in
Mulia in the Dani tribe, now that the Lord has sent three
new couples in the last year.
Translation checking process--went very well. Dr. DeVries is very happy with
the work of our MTT's-Samuel, Jeremi, and Martin.
All for now.
Roger and Suzanne in Papua
Well, can a person study four languages at once? I want to try! (Some people
just never learn what is impossible!) J We are planning to give particular help to four translation
projects. I will work on learning what I can in each of those
languages during the coming months (years?). A consultant
does not necessarily need to know a language well to be of
help to the Mother Tongue Translator, but the more a consultant
does know, the more help he can be.
So, pray for me, and for the people involved in the four language groups:
This is a big undertaking, and we need faithful specific prayer! Would you
consider committing to pray regularly for one of these projects?
Please let us know!
Pray that the national tribes-people in the various areas will take as much
responsibility as they can for their own projects. We are
also excited that some funds are starting to be provided by
Christians from other parts of Indonesia, but additional funds
are still needed. I'd like to visit a couple of these areas
soon, but can't really afford to do that yet. Let us know
if the Lord leads you to help in this way also--$10 per month,
a quarterly gift, a one-time gift--even a small gift, a "mite,"
can make a "mighty" difference!
Miscellaneous: Praise the Lord that Brian has started his full-time job at
Grace University!--Pray for work for Linda in Florida where
she plans to spend the rest of the summer. She has had difficulty
finding anything besides the house-sitting she is now doing.
She needs $800 for her school by July 29, and she is feeling
the pressure--thinking she may have to take off this semester
unless she can earn some more money quickly.
Pray for our personal finances-quite critical at the moment also. The Lord
has provided for us so well through the years, that we have
not usually had to face real financial pressures for very
long, so we do thank Him, and YOU, all our faithful supporters!
Just continue to pray for our regular support, and for project
funds and special gifts as the Lord wills, that we may be
able to accomplish all that the Lord would have us do with
the great opportunities here at present!
Thanks so much for your interest and prayers, as you think of us, Papua/Irian
Jaya, and MTT/Bible translators!!!
Yours in Christ,
Roger and Suzanne Doriot
UFM International, Papua (formerly Irian Jaya), Indonesia
http://www.sukupapua.info (Info and maps of tribes in Papua)
PS. We were able to help a UFM colleague by checking some of the translation
work in the Duvle language this week. Pray that that translation
work will continue to go well.