Religion, Spiritual Development

FINISTERRE VISION

Finishing the Great Commission in the Finisterre Mountains of Papua New Guinea

Gilbert, AZ   |  www.fvpng.org

Mission

Finishing the Great Commission in the Finisterre Mountains of Papua New Guinea

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Mr. Joseph Tartaglia

Main address

PO Box 3752

Gilbert, AZ 85299 USA

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EIN

27-4251733

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Christian (X20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are groups of people with no Bible in their own language. They also have 0% literacy rates in their heart language, and an unclear understanding of who Jesus Christ is. We live among these people groups, learn their language, develop a literacy program and translate and teach the Bible.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Church Planting

Our goal is to plant reproducing churches. The job of reaching 70 unreached people groups would be far more expensive if we sent 70 teams, one to each people group. We are sending out only 15 teams as trainers of trainers, so as to see the Gospel expand its reach.

Population(s) Served
Tribal and indigenous religious groups
Budget
$300,000

Many of the languages in the Finisterre Mountains do not have a translation of the Bible. We believe that our intimacy with God deepens as we meet Him in His Word. So, we desire to give every group of people the chance to interact with God in their heart language.

Population(s) Served
Tribal and indigenous religious groups
Budget
$0

Melanesian Pidgin is the trade language of Papua New Guinea. It is spoken as a second or third language by the people in the Finisterre Mountains.

Population(s) Served
Tribal and indigenous religious groups
Budget
$55,000

As we work in very remote locations, we need a person on the ground in town who can function as a point person in handling all transportation, construction, financial, and government paperwork issues for our missionaries.

Population(s) Served
Tribal and indigenous religious groups
Budget
$90,600

How do you go about planting a church in a village in New Guinea? What are the steps? What do you do the first day? The first year? How do you know when the church is ready to function on their own without you? Training is vital! We want to help prospective church planters acquire the tools necessary to be effective in sharing the gospel and discipling believers cross culturally in Papua New Guinea. The curriculum takes about 700 hours to complete, done within the context of your local church in a small group style or online. Finisterre Vision is a small ministry, focusing on training and sending church planters to the Finisterre Mountains of Papua New Guinea. It is a very specific vision with an end goal − to see indigenous churches praising and glorifying God, and a new region of the world permeated with the gospel. We train missionaries to be ready for church planting in PNG by building upon the theological and pastoral training that they receive in their local church. Our training covers 4 main categories: 1. Strategy The Big Picture - the vision for reaching 250,000 people in PNG Orientation - the first 6 months in PNG First Contact- 70 people groups! Which one, Lord? Pre-evangelism ministry - how to build interest in the Gospel before you know how to talk Handling outside influences - shepherding the church in a world opposed to the Gospel Literacy - developing an alphabet, teaching it, and passing on the vision of literacy Planting the church - introducing an unreached people group to the God of the universe The maturing church - Passing the vision of discipleship onto those you lead Phase out - The exit strategy for the foreign missionary 2. Family & Team Dynamics Schooling of Missionary Kids - what are the options for educating our kids in PNG? Team Formation - getting ready to serve on a team Working Alone - preparation for those seasons where you are away from your American team Health and Wellness - basics of what you need to know about staying healthy in the tropics Partnership Development - the importance of the sending team House building - the basics of simple house construction How to Live Off-grid - how to use an off-grid solar electric system 3. Ministry Abilities Time Management - setting ministry goals and accomplishing them in a timely manner Teaching to change lives - Glorifying God by training obedient disciples How to teach the Gospel in PNG - telling the Gospel story from start to finish Discipleship - teaching faithful followers to pass the message on Translation - how to translate into a language that doesn’t yet have the New Testament Training leaders - teaching New Guineans how to serve others 4. Learning Language Culture and Language Acquisition - how to learn an unwritten language in 2 years. Phonetics - reducing our foreign accent Finisterre Grammar - common grammar patterns in the Finisterre Mountains

Population(s) Served
Tribal and indigenous religious groups
General/Unspecified
Budget
$117,500

Many of the languages in the Finisterre Mountains have never been reduced to writing. We develop an alphabet, and teach it to the people, and ultimately teach them to teach others.

Population(s) Served
Tribal and indigenous religious groups

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people groups in our target area left to reach with the Gospel

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Indigenous people

Related Program

Church Planting

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our goal is to bring this number down to zero by year 2050.

Number of career Church Planting Teams sent to Papua New Guinea (cumulative)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Indigenous people

Related Program

Church Planting

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As of 2019, we estimate that a total of 12 teams will be needed to complete our end goal. Our goal is to have the last team in place by 2027.

Number of teams currently in training program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Tribal and indigenous religious groups

Related Program

Training and Consulting

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Our overall goal is for local churches to work interdependently in selecting, training, financing, holding accountable, and logistically supporting church planting teams that are equipped to establish God glorifying churches in all 70 of the language groups in the Finisterre Mountains in Papua New Guinea by the year 2050.

1. Heavy use of volunteers from sending churches that will function in the support roles typically fulfilled by sending agencies. This is a very cost effective approach as the paid home staff is limited to two positions. First, the Executive Director, whose primary duties involve training teams for field readiness and consulting with teams on the field. Second, the Business Manager. We use a concept called "Core Teams" (also known as "Missionary Support Teams"). The idea is that each couple that is sent out is surrounded by families that assist with some of the sending burdens such as: helping raise finances, keeping the vision alive during the missionary's absence, sending packages, helping with logistical needs, meeting together to pray for the missionary and the ministry). 2. Finisterre Vision functions as a sending mechanism of local churches, which puts Pastors of local churches in the position of taking a more active role in the sending process. Our board of directors is made up entirely of Pastors who are committed to reaching the people of Papua New Guinea with the Gospel. 3. Network with like-minded organizations in the USA and in PNG. 4. Multiplication: We reach 70 unreached people groups by fielding only 15 expat teams. These teams will evangelize and disciple, train national believers to carry the Gospel to surrounding languages. 5.Train Church Planting teams in the context of the local church. Keeping missionaries closely connected to their local church maintains high levels of accountability. This also gives them a working model for how the Gospel will spread in PNG. 6. Logistically support teams - Missionaries working in remote areas need logistical support from a team in town. We are dedicated to keeping this team small (3 couples), and creatively using the infrastructure in PNG to meet the needs of our church planters. This model could not be successful without the help of other like-minded organizations such as Missionary Aviation Fellowship, Summer Institute of Linguistics, and of course, our friends at NTM-PNG. 7. Melanesian Pidgin Bible Translation - While most of our work is done in the local languages, we recognize that many groups are shifting to using the trade language. Therefore, we have a goal to be part of producing a more up-to-date translation into Melanesian Pidgin.

Currently have two church planting teams in Papua New Guinea. Our third church planting team is in training with a goal to be in Papua New Guinea by Summer 2022. Logistics coordinator is on the field. Executive Director has nearly a decade of experience in the Finisterre Mountains of PNG, working directly with 2 language groups, and 4 years experience in itinerant ministry, and 5 years experience as a consultant. All board members are highly dedicated to spiritual formation through discipleship, and to the expansion of the reach of the Gospel through multiplication (i.e. training others who will train others....)

Big Picture Indicators are based on this timeline: by 2050 – all language groups reached with Gospel. by 2030 – at least one language from every language cluster reached by 2027 – last team fielded by 2025 – last team recruited, and beginning training Between now and 2025, we should be training about 1-2 teams per year. Church Planting Team Indicators: 1. Complete Training 2. Raise prayer and financial partners 3. Leave for PNG 4. Learn trade language of Melanesian Pidgin 5. Locate a strategic village from which to base ministry 6. Learn the local language 7. Teach literacy 8. Prepare Bible lessons 9. Evangelize 10. Disciple 11. Translate New Testament and key OT portions 12 Phase out of village (itinerant ministry)

Note: An overview of our progress, along with pictures and stories can be seen here: http://www.finisterrevision.org/about/history/ In 2010 - 2013: 1. Finisterre Vision Incorporated in Arizona 2. First church planting team in training. 3. The IRS gave us 501(c)(3) status. 4. Six new couples began training. 5. Finished writing curriculum for training program. 6. Created a checklist so that missionaries can know what objectives need to be met before they head to field. 7. Recruited and trained a logistics coordinator dedicated to financial oversight, supply, and maintaining our relationship with the Papua New Guinea Government. 8. Developed a contingency plan for dealing with emergencies that come up on the field. In 2014: 1. First team finished training 2. We registered Finisterre Vision with the PNG government so that church planting teams can begin to move to PNG 3. Team finished all medical requirements, updated passports, final will and testaments, obtained insurance 4. Team moved to Papua New Guinea In 2015: 1. March - Team became fluent in trade language 2. March - July: Team began visiting villages in the mountains to determine the best location for ministry. Decided on Ndo language group. 3. August - Team Ndo began construction and move-in phase. In 2016: 1. February - Team Ndo completely moved into village. 2. October - Team Ndo 25% fluent in Ndo language In 2017-19: 1. Team Ndo 100% fluent in Ndo language 2. Alphabet finalized in Ndo language, literacy classes started In 2020: 1. Second Team arrived in PNG 2. Business Manager hired.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: paper surveys, focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), case management notes, community meetings/town halls, constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: we don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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FINISTERRE VISION

Board of directors
as of 4/25/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Joseph Tartaglia

Smedly Yates

Grace Bible Church

Joseph Tartaglia

Grace Bible Church

Ike Graham

Orrville Grace Brethren Church

Scott Libby

Grace Brethren Church of Irasburg

Jason Carrier

Southgate Baptist Church

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

missions, church planting, Christian, unreached, Bible Translation, literacy