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Our Purpose – C. Ruruk

 

Count down days for BCT

5 days to go for Manus Project BCT

In my closing remarks on graduation day I shared about a computer and a chicken. Both are items for us to use in our everyday life for food and work.  Depending on our workplaces, the computer and a chicken may play a very different role but we don’t spend much time and even bother to ask if they have something in common.  They both checked in at Lae’s Nazab airport destined for Momote Airport on Manus Island and rode in the cargo bay of the Air Niugini’s F100 aircraft as “consigned” passengers. Now, relax and enjoy inflight entertainment story about a computer and a chicken.

 

Laptop boxes consigned for Momote

Laptop boxes consigned for Momote

Day old chicks for momote

Day old chicks also consigned for Momote

During the flight the chicken asked the computer, “Say, how many of you are in that box?” The computer replied; “There are ten of us in this box and another ten fellows in the other box” “So, there are twenty of you wow! So how are you planning to spend your time in Manus?” the chicken asked again. “Oh this is routine two week drill and we do this almost every month in different parts of Papua New Guinea, we do travel a lot”. “That’s great so you are ready for this one?” “Actually, we are a bit nervous as we have discovered that each of us will be serving about two or three people at the same time. We are not young anymore and I am not sure if we can survive the coastal heat and humidity for the next two weeks”. “What about you fellows, seems like a regular run to me?” Yep! We do this route on weekly bases and most of us will find work in Asian shops and the Harbor Side Hotel, the town market and if we are lucky we get to see the nice sandy beaches in other parts of Manus and the little islands. By the way, we know most of the kitchens in Lorengau town. Hey man great talking to you, the captain has told the cabin crew to prepare for landing, bye”  

Part of the graduates, with Pastor Davis, who missed out in Goroka BCT Training with ABWE.

Part of the graduates, with Pastor Davis, who missed out in Goroka BCT Training with ABWE.

The computer and the chicken both play significant roles to address the needs of man (bible definition) because man is the cream of all creation. God blessed the man to have dominion over other creatures (Genesis 1:26 – 30). The Psalmists in Psalm 8 describes the glory of God with every other creation in the expanses of the universe and describes the dignity that God bestowed for man in the whole tapestry of creation. No wonder the adversary of all mankind did everything to disrupt the plan of salvation, as a case in point (Luke 4: 1- 13). Now toward the end of the chapter, after defeating Satan with the temptations Jesus announced the year of the Lord’s favor as prophesied by Isaiah (61:1). The year of the Lord has already come and the adversary continues to wage war against man.

This particular stretch of beach was where the first missionary landed.

This particular stretch of beach was where the first missionary landed, a strategic spot to reflect on the purpose of ministry

Being in Manus for the last two weeks has been a good reflection time for me; looking back at the number of training done by the CRMF Learning Technologies team for the last five years. The five year stats look great and we give glory and honor to God for such a ministry. But you see I was not focusing on the stats and the testimonies of how needs are being met in this kind of training but rather on the ultimate purpose of what we do. For me and the tiny cycle of impact that the team is involved in, I ask my self – is it worth it? I miss my wife and children due to constant travel for training and so it was an important time for reflection.

Participants doing their presentation

Participants doing their presentation under Lina’s supervision

I did not reflect on any particular Scripture but took a branch and started to write on the sand of the number of days remaining to tie up the Manus project. As I wrote my focus went back to the current training, the 50 participants and then zooming in on the different participants and resting on the two inmates.  The man that God created as His master piece, why are they behind bars, why are they separated from their loved ones and missing out on the daily routine of life in a community. Is there hope for them after their term?

Can our little ministry make an impact in today’s communities experiencing social issues, corruption and crime? As iron sharpens iron, how can we equip the Churches so that pastors, ministry workers and Christians become good models for Christ and not just stats for denominations? God did everything in his power to save man from eternal death and so likewise we do our little bit to in our day and time to save this master piece – man.

Two happy inmates at graduation day with their female Warden officer

Two happy inmates at graduation day with their female Warden officer

I thank God for the numerous organizations and ministry groups around the globe whose goal is to bring His Word to the lost in numerous ways in their unique ways in this age and time.

CRMF’s Learning Technologies has this wonderful God given vision to be the “Technology for the Church” in the area of providing basic computing skills to pastors and ministry workers. The Manus project has given the team a glimpse of a wider purpose of the impact of its training and the importance of a good partnership with a Church.

We praise God for the partnership with Evangelical Church Of Manus (ECOM), its leadership and Manus Bible Translation Organisation (MBTO) for the opportunity to work together to give hope for all man.

Excited participants with their certificates.

Excited participants with their certificates. The background is the Admin office for ECOM.

Our prayer is that an ongoing relationship be established on Manus Island so that we can be part of the ultimate purpose for God by partnering and serving the different churches on Manus Island.

Oh to finish our inflight entertainment story of the computer and the chicken; both serve the man and his need.


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WE SHOW WITHOUT TELLING by Ruruk

Printed ppp

A4 print out that Pastor Alice Luma used in her House Fellowship (Christian Life Center, Goroka)

 CREATIVE MINDS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN KNOWN TO SURVIVE ANY KIND OF BAD TRAINING – Anna Freud

Our training is basic but in the hands of seasoned pastors and ministry workers it becomes a tool to save a soul.

YOU CANNOT TEACH A MAN ANYTHING, YOU CAN ONLY HELP HIM FIND IT WITHIN HIMSELF – Author unknown

These training has helped me to understand that a human being created by God is loaded with potential, all it needs is a motivational and a purposeful touch at certain areas at certain times to become what is was made for.

The purpose of our basic computing training is to equip the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God – a mature person, attaining to the measure of Christ’s full stature. So we are no longer to be children, tossed back and forth by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching by the trickery of people who craftily carry out their deceitful schemes. But practicing the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ, who is the head. From him the whole body grows, fitted and held together through every supporting ligament. As each one does its part, the body grows in love.

EPHESIANS 4:12 – 16

We want to be seen as making an impact on the questions and challenges that Apostle Paul highlights in Romans 10: 13 – 15. “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How are they to call on one they have not believed in? And how are they to believe in one they have not heard of? And how are they to hear without someone preaching to them? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How timely is the arrival of those who proclaim the good news.”

Discussion time

Discussion time

We thank the Lord for our participants who are seasoned preachers and so our goal is to assist the Church to deliver what they know in a different format.

Pastor Alice Luma developed her Power Point Presentation during class time on Thursday (7th July 2016) and in the evening used the printed out A4 sheets to preach at her “House Fellowship” time with other women in her cell group.

She was really excited as she shared about her evening experience; her audience were “captured by the pictures” on the paper and as she shared from the Scriptures they fully understood that God really loved each one of them.

Just like in other training we have experienced, the participants in their creativeness use their own initiative to start using what they pick up in class as soon as an opportunity comes. We continue to be blessed with Power Point Presentations during devotion times and appreciation speeches during graduation time.

Here are some of the samples from different participants from different courses.

CLC sample

CLC sample

The participants are full of joy and excitement because they have learned the skill of inserting Church logos and developing letterheads for their denominations. They are all smiles when they hold a printed copy; the work of their fingers!

 

Foursquare sample

Foursquare sample

 

 

 

 

A slide developed by Ps Albert during the basic computing course.

A slide developed by Ps Albert during the basic computing course.

On a higher level some have developed teaching resources on various themes or topics. One participant went ahead and developed a presentation to introduce each participant as they came forward to receive their certificates.

We again thank the Lord for the prayers and support of everyone involved to point the saints to the work they have been called for. As trainers and facilitators we continue to be blessed as we see pastors who have never used a computer in their life to produce professional material with a goal to win souls for Christ.

We have have experienced the success of these training because of the the grace of God and the perpetual guidance and help of the Holy Spirit, he is always our strength when we are in need.


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THE UNSPOKEN, HIDDEN AND MOST NEEDED TRAINING by Ruruk

What is behinde the smoke

Heating the stones for “mumu”

There is a saying; “Where there is fire there is smoke” I have experienced it being used in a negative context where someone tried to cover up for a mistake. We all know that any wrong committed under the sun cannot be covered up completely, someday it will be revealed! Just as a smoke is an evidence of the presence of a fire, my smoke is an evidence of yet another successful basic computing course. This time it was held at Gaupa Four Square Church for both Western Highlands and Jiwaka pastors.

Pastor Saina with her first print job

Pastor Saina with her first print job

Learning Technologies PNG staff has not conducted training in these two provinces before and so it was a great opportunity to deliver this training. The training was embraced with open arms by the participants that the Foursquare Western Highlands Provincial Overseer, Pastor Saina Berry, described it as the unspoken, hidden and the most needed training for modern pastors.  Pastor Saina who travels overseas for speaking engagements and conferences said the one important thing mission in her ministry and business life was the computer skills. She joked that the LTPNG staff were sent to deliver this training only for her.

As facilitators, we saw the hunger for training as pastors spent long hours to get as much as possible in the two weeks we were there. We are finding it a custom for participants to sleep at the classroom

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Participants who did not want to have a break!

for security for the equipment but more importantly to spend more time on a computer. The inclusion of a portable printer onto our packing list is working wonders for the participants. The excitement of holding a finished printed document is awesome! I have heard “hallelujahs” in a church service so many times but to hear it as a result of a printed document is something else! Hallelujah!

Yes for you computer natives, the process of printing out your document from a flash drive is a process done without much thinking. For our participants, it is indeed a great undertaking to save a document from a folder in the training computer to a flash drive and then print it out from another computer hooked up with a printer.

pastor hanna solomon

Pastor Hannah Solomon working on her ppp

Now translate it into a pastor’s ministry life in a remote Papua New Guinea setting and it amounts to time and money. For instance if a pastor jumps on a public transport with plans to print and distribute a church program while in town but has not saved it properly on a flash drive, time and money and opportunity to distribute is wasted.

The above scenario makes BCT a unique training to equip pastors to work with what they have in their different situations. We praise God for the feedback that pastors doesn’t queue up to get their programs typed for them because they can type their own programs! That is why we need to be sensitive to train them to use whatever is available in their locality. Our current advice to pastors is to save to buy computers for their ministry because we see what they can produce during the training.

ppp samples

First ppp slide show by Ps Roy

This particular graduation was held in the evening and the night experience was very special to us. I can still remember the loud applause by the church members, family and friends as the participants used the skills learned to preach and show slide show using the power point program. The appreciation gifts and love offering was given with such generosity and appreciation to match their need for such a training.

mumu pre

Preparing the pig for mumu

We thank the Lord for everyone involved to put this training together, especially Dio Mondo (CRMF Technician) who had a heart to extend BCT to the pastors in Jiwaka and Western Highlands Province.  In closing, I thank God in the words expressed by Pastor Paul Kaumb (Foursquare Overseer for Jiwaka Province) who pointed out that it was the first time for pastors from both provinces to come together since its separation. Thank you Lord that in you we have unity!

graduation meal

Delicious graduation meal

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BCT participants

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Gaupa Foursquare Church, Baisu WHP


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EQUIPPING THE HIGHER OFFICE by Ruruk

BCT Participants at Seigu Foursquare Church

BCT Participants at Seigu Foursquare Church

Our participants in the basic computing courses have given us inspiration to continue to deliver this most needed training. We pause now to give thanks to the Lord for giving this vision to Christian Radio Missionary Fellowship (CRMF) to equip pastors so that they can preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God to today’s generation.

Pastor Dickson

Pastor Dickson Kare second from left with his daughter

We also pray that the Lord will open up more opportunities for pastors and ministry leaders to be trained and equipped with skills and resources to witness to those who are lost.

Learning Technologies PNG (LTPNG) under CRMF’s goal to be the Technology for the Church has been offering this Basic Computing Training (BCT) for four years and the need is enormous! At every graduation the request is the same; please do training for our next lot of pastors!

What Norman Vincent Pede said “PEOPLE BECOME REALLY REMARKABLE WHEN THEY START THINKING THAT THEY CAN DO THINGS” is so true for our participants. As trainers we are privileged that our participants are seasoned preachers and ministry leaders who have made an impact in the lives of the people in their circles of ministry.

Our work is to assist them to move from the known to the unknown, from their comfort zones to new horizons. It is not easy for most of them because they hold important positions at provincial and district levels and as pastors in their local congregations. We praise God as they humble themselves and became students. We too are honored to be of help to these wonderful and remarkable people whose zeal is to establish God’s kingdom here on earth.

Bryan with Provincial Coordinator for Foursquare Health Services Pastor

Bryan with Provincial Coordinator for Foursquare Health Services

Pastor Dickson Kare who is an overseer for his district said he has not been in a learning environment for over thirty years.

This computer training has given him an opportunity to learn one important savvy that he really needed for the ministry. He thanks the Lord for the full time ministry as a pastor, but stated that his only weakness that prevented him to higher positions was “computer knowledge”. With basic computer skills he could have been the Principal of a Bible College.

Pastor Dickson prepared a Microsoft Power Point Presentation 2010 (ppp) on graduation day that gave a profile picture and details of each participant as they were called up to receive their certificates. We empowered him to use his own initiative by teaching the basics and he went ahead to develop this wonderful presentation; he became a remarkable “student” whose one weakness in ministry was lack of computer skills.

Pastor Asepi doing her devotional

Pastor Asepi Otume doing her devotional

But hold on, there were two more remarkable students who not only amazed us as trainers but astonished their fellow participants by delivering their morning devotional using ppp and overhead projector.

Pastor Asepi Otume shared on the popular John 3:16 Scripture and emphasized on the theme of “giving”. She summarized her devotional by challenging us to see the example of God who gave his only son and Jesus who gave up his own life willingly for us; what can you and I give, what a simple and straight forward challenge?

PPP developed by Pastor Ketura Soso for her devotional

PPP developed by Pastor Ketura Soso for her devotional

Our second remarkable student (another woman pastor) Ps Ketura Soso shared from John 19:16 – 17, So they took Jesus, and carrying his own cross he went out to the place called “The Place of the Skull”

She based her theme on; “carrying his own cross” and she did an excellent job on the how Jesus did not give in to the unbearable pain and suffering but dearly held on to the cross. At this stage in the presentation we were all in tears as the ppp clearly brought out the meaning of what it meant for Jesus to carry that cross on our behalf – thank you Jesus for your love! Help us to hold onto what you have given us.

We give glory to God for the use of technologies to present his Good News in more ways than just hearing a sermon. Someone said, “The size of your success depends on the depth of your desire” We have achieved new levels in the recent training with the Foursquare Church in the following ways;

Pastor Russell of Genoka Block with his first print job

Pastor Russell of Genoka Block with his first print job

We were one day ahead of schedule which gave us more time to teach more on a couple of difficult areas which needed more time and practice.

We had a printer on site to train them to save their work on a flash drive from their training computer and go to a second computer hooked up to a printer to print their work.

We had a participant (Ps Dickson) do a ppp for the receiving of certificates by the participants.

We also received a generous love offering from the church leaders to assist LTPNG to continue to offer BCT to other churches. It has been another wonderful two weeks of equipping the pastors and ministry leaders for ministry. Thank you for your wonderful support as we make a difference in the lives of the pastors and by doing that we help to make inroads for the Gospel to be preached.


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CENTRALITY OF BASIC COMPUTING SKILLS by Ruruk

BCT participants

BCT participants

In his first letter to the church in Corinth, Paul clarifies the issue of God’s decision to propagate salvation to all mankind by choosing the way of the cursed cross.

He emphasized the redeeming saving power of God in a cross which men considered a symbol of scorn and shame (1 Corinthians 1:18 – 2:5) My interest is in the context that Paul is simply saying that men’s knowledge can no way be compared with God’s wisdom.

knowledgeIn light of the ongoing Basic Computing Courses (BCT) while monitoring the requests coming in, we are discovering that the Lord is shifting the position of computing skills which have been in the officers and the corridors of intellectuals is now be delivered in the palm floors and the thatched roofs of veteran pastors in the remote communities. It is no longer a skill only for high rise buildings because the pastors are already using it inside uncompleted church buildings or even makeshift shelters to preach the gospel.

CRMF could still be delivering this most needed training for pastors throughout the country for the next five years.

Brian Ward helping a pastor

Brian Ward helping a pastor

As Christian Radio Missionary Fellowship (CRMF) exist to be the “Technology for the Church”, I wish to share participants view on Basic Computing Course (BCT).

We have eventually discovered in the process of delivering that it was God’s own pleasure to reveal the need to prepare pastors for advancing the gospel via technology.

Bryan speaking at the graduation.

Bryan speaking at the graduation with Division Seven Overseer Ps. Martin at the background

From facilitation perspective, our goal is to equip the pastors so that they can be competent to minister to today’s Church goers.

From the recipient perspective, considering the fact that most have not touched a computer before, the basic computing course is a setting which fast track educational barriers and simplify technological gizmos and knowledge to learn a new important skill for ministry.

Thanking the participants for their patience and perseverance

Thanking the participants for their patience and perseverance

To me the exciting part is when we tell them on the first day of the course that computer skills is not important, that it is only a tool to assist you to do what you are really good at; preaching the Good News of our Lord Jesus! This knowledge is sufficient for them to persevere to the end because they already know what they have and so they look forward to what they need during the training.

The following are some statements made by various participants who enjoyed the basic computing skills training which was perceived as restricted knowledge for the academics.

Taking notes and using their own notes to find their way in the computer is a normal thing in our workshops

Taking notes and using their own notes to find their way in the computer is a normal thing in our workshops

“Mipela ting olsem dispel kain save em long ol university lain tasol” We always thought that this knowledge (of computer skills) was only for academics and professionals – Pastor Joe, Four Square Church Bogia, Madang Province.

“Mi luksave olsem komputa kos em i no secret samting, em isi sapos yu save long kontrolim mouse na putim arrow long right hap. Nau mi kisim dispel save, mi tok tenku long Bikpela olsem, mi wankain wantaim ol save man” I discovered in this computer training that the skills are not so difficult and can be achieved; the secret is to master the mouse. With the basic skills I learned in this course, I praise God that he has allowed me to become computer literate – Dickson, Nazarene Church, Awara, AROB.

“Mi tok tenku long Bikpela long Pastor Martin husait i gat vision na save long lain olsem CRMF; long kisim mipela bus pasta long nupela level long laip na ministry. Mipela yet i save olsem mipela i no inap long kisim dispel kain save tasol mipela bilip long Holi Spirit tasol long helpim mipela.” I thank God for such a leader like Pastor Martin who has a vision to equip simple pastors like us and the relationship and network with CRMF to bring this technical training (BCT) to remote people like us – Pastor Mos Magine.

Division Seven Four Square Pastors (Daulo)

Division Seven Four Square Pastors (Daulo)

In conclusion, we as a team praise God that these basic computing skills will stop pastors from queuing up for typing and printing at private and public officers in town.

Thank you again for your prayers and support to give power to the pastors and ministry leaders, helping them experience the freedom that such knowledge is for everyone, especially for them as pastors who can use these skills as premise for what they have learned in BCT’s, as we celebrate in the greater premise of changed lives.

 

Pamela and Christie

Pamela Matthew and Christie Ward came to witness the graduation

This was a great opportunity to bring wives to see first hand what the Lord is doing in the lives of remote pastors.

 

The participants also had the opportunity to the meet the women who support their husbands in this exciting ministry.

 

Lina and Grace enjoying graduation lunch

Lina and Grace enjoying graduation lunch

Grace works as an accounts clerk with CRMF and was one of the two staff members selected to witness the ministry of Learning Technologies PNG in this graduation. She represents other CRMF national staff who support LTPNG and CRMF’s vision to offer technical help to the Church in PNG.

 


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THE CATCH by Ruruk

TO BE A LEADER YOU MUST STAND FOR SOMETHING OR YOU WILL FALL FOR ANYTHING. – ANTHONY PAGANO

Like any other requests for training we do not know what kind of individual participants will attend the training. We do have a general understanding that our students are pastors and ministry leaders whose highest education level would be grade six at an average. All the training we offer is for pastors and church leaders of various churches who have different visions.

Ps Albert receiving his certificate from Lina

Pastor Albert receiving his certificate from Lina

Since 2013, when the vision to offer basic computing skills to equip pastors and ministry leaders became a reality Learning Technologies PNG (LTPNG) has to date delivered the training to about 230 pastors and ministry leaders with 40 different denominations.

The team is currently delivering another training this month (2 – 13 May) with 27 participants as I write this article. In the midst of these trainings I am discovering the vision of each of the leaders that are requesting for the basic computing course.

All the leaders have really caught the long term vision to equip their pastors for the changing face of Papua New Guinea in this technical age. More importantly, these leaders want to see their pastors be in charge of their ministry programs by typing and printing them.

One such pastor and leader is Pastro Albert Magoi; for the LT team, the trip to Buka (see story on Lasting Connection) was like a fisherman fishing with a drag net. He sees movement in the water and sees tiny ripples but has no idea of the kind and the size of the actual fish, until the net closes in and the catch is secured. We had no idea that Pastor Albert was instrumental in the Bougainville crises as a commander, second to the popular Francis Ona. However, during the war, the Lord spoke to Pastor Albert through a local prophet to lay down arms and pick up the Bible with a message for Bougainville.

The Lord save this family for a purpose

The Lord save the Magois for a purpose

The Lord confirmed his call upon Albert’s life in numerous occasions by protecting his family during the civil war. The ultimate test for trust was when the Lord took him past two Army (PNG Defense Force) checkpoints in Buka town and provided a passage out of Bougainville via CASA (PNG Defense Force Plane) to escape to Port Moresby. We praise God for such leaders who have a vision to stand for what they believe in and lead their members to new levels.

Pastor Magoi believes that the only true restoration can come from within and not from outside. While sharing the wordings of the covenant, he stated that the Basic Computer Training is a God given opportunity and requested for training in Panguna in 2017. He stated that his vision to equip all the pastors from different denominations under the “God’s Kingdom Network” is the only answer to bring peace and restoration to the Island of Bougainville.

Pastor Francis, Chairman of God,s Kingdom Network Partners Solomon Island, receiving his certificate.

Pastor Francis, Chairman of God,s Kingdom Network Partners, Solomon Island, receiving his certificate.

We discovered our catch (Ps. Albert) as a leader who has a vision not only to restore the troubled island but preach the kingdom message via conferences to different denominations so that individual Christians can find everlasting life in God and not in churches or denominations. He added that churches are only agencies of God’s kingdom but we have established churches as kingdoms of God! Because the kingdom of God is within a person (Luke 17:21)

A slide developed by Ps Albert during the basic computing course.

A slide developed by Ps Albert hinmself during the basic computing course.

 

We also discovered the ultimate result of basic computing training in line with our vision to prepare God’s people for the works of service so that the body of Christ may be built up. (Ephesians 4:12).

Pastor Albert turned the basic computer skills training into a powerful ministry tool by using Microsoft Power Pont Presentation 2010 (PPP) to teach his message of discovering the kingdom within a person.

 

“IF WE ARE TO ACHIEVE RESULTS NEVER BEFORE ACCOMPLISHED, WE MUST EXPECT TO EMPLOY METHODS NEVER BEFORE ATTEMPTED”. – FRANCIS BACON

For us as facilitators, it was a blessing to see the training being used to preach the Good News of the kingdom of God via technology. We saw first hand the confirmation of God’s vision for CRMF to be a technology for the Church in the area of basic computing skills; such skill in the hands of a pastor like Albert is a powerful tool to receive the message by seeing and hearing.

Setting up equipment for the night session, never attempted before in such trainings.

Setting up equipment for the night session, never attempted before in such trainings.

Thank you again for supporting the team to Buka and pray for the Lord’s will for ongoing partnership with different denominations in Bougainville for training and distribution of Bibles and biblical resources in partnership with God’s Kingdom Network.

Buka trip will always remain as a special place in our hearts because we were shown a mass grave and you can feel the scars of the crises. But the good news is hearing testimonies of  God’s vision for Bougainville. While on a bigger picture the Lord gave us an opportunity to make an impact in the lives of the pastors who are willing to make a change by utilising the resources available via technologies.

The covenant signed between the Government of AROB and Church leaders

The covenant signed between the Government of AROB and Church leaders, reps of different churches that came for the training.


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LASTING CONNECTION by RURUK

Praise God for giving us an opportunity to equip pastor for the restoration of AROB

Praise God for giving us an opportunity to equip pastor for the restoration of AROB

 Someone described technology in these profound words; “Technology exists to shorten the distance between two points”It is of course a broad statement and so putting it in a context will draw out its full profoundness. Our context is in the area of restoration. And you are asking what in the world is Learning Technologies PNG got to do with the restoration process? The Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) continues to be addressed by international organizations on the topic of restoration in the region. However the results are not evident with the obvious reason that spiritual issues need to be addressed first to impact the physical transformation and restoration.

The government of Papua New Guinea also has its ideas of restoration for the region and the churches in AROB too also have their ideas of restoration. As a visitor with the CRMF’s vision to reach out to the remote parts of Papua New Guinea, I noticed that AROB as a region is a remote location in terms of technology for the Church. What this means is that for sixty years a training such as basic computing has never been offered to pastors and ministry leaders in AROB.

Pastors and ministry leaders from 20 different churches in AROB

Pastors and ministry leaders from 20 different churches in AROB and Solomon Islands

Pastor Albert Magoi said the current Basic Computer Training (BCT) in AROB is first of kind and it is by God’s direction and grace that it is happening this week. As the founder and principal of United Bougainville Training Center (UBTC) for training and rehabilitation of youths he said this training is God;s timing and supernatural things will happen. His focus is to restore traumatised youths affected by the Bougainville crises through teaching and training of various skills so that these youths can become useful members of their communities. Prior to the computer course Pastor Albert was in Panguna offering another of these training. So in this breath he sees computer training as a vital skill for all the pastors and ministry leaders in the region.

Back ground is a house where cult leaders would meet to decide which family would sacrifice their child.

Back ground is a house where cult leaders would meet to decide which family would sacrifice their child.

In October 2011 a “New Covenant” contract was declared by the President of AROB Dr. John Momis witnessed and signed by prominent Church leaders to activate a “vehicle” for churches and government to work together for peace and restoration in the region. Pastor Albert Magoi signed as the witness for “Bougainville God’s Kingdom Network” (BGKN).

The vision for BGKN is to mobilise the churches together so that God’s unity becomes a reality in each of the denominations with the common goal to establish God’s kingdom and its purposes rather than denominations in a Christian’s life.

We now see that each vision is given by God to each orgnisation in a different location for different purposes; he then connects the different organisations and individuals in his own timing for His purposes to reakised; that in short is how LTPNG team ended up in AROB.

On Sunday 24th April, Lina and I will join the 40 participants from different denominations to attend worship service at a place that was once known for its cult practices involving infant sacrifices. Just like Elijah and the prophets of Baal, the Lord used pastor Albert to challenge the cult leaders, who scummed  to God’s power and gave him the land to build the church.

Hahalis church in Buka replacing the the main headquarters for cult practices

Hahalis church in Buka replacing the the main headquarters for cult practices

I have shared this entire background story to paint a picture of how God is using technology to bring restoration to a person leaving in a traumatized region. I praise God for all the connections that led the CRMF team to link with Pastor Albert via the Basic computing course. As a former warlord during the crises and now a born again christian he has pledged to restore AROB with God’s kingdom message on behalf of his 25,000 brothers who fell in battle for their island.

As an organisation with the vision to offer technical help to churches we thank God for the opportunity to have direct connection with the spiritual voice under the banner of “God’s Kingdom Network.”

We as a team discovered it this week that the Lord in his goodness has allowed us (CRMF’s LTPNG) to do our little tiny bit so that he can use us to bring peace to the traumatized soul in AROB- only God can give peace to a troubled soul in whatever medium he selects; it may not be technology?

Thank you again for praying, you all are special connections as we shorten the distance from the mind to the heart especially a heart that has been affected by the civil war.  May God be glorified!

A beautiful pier connects the

Just as beautiful pier connects the owner to his boat, the power of the Word of God can connect a soul to its Master.

 

 

Saturday boat trip

With Solomon Island Pastors during a boat trip at the weekend