While the rest of Eastern Highlands Province were focused on the Nation Sports Institute for the counting process and its results, a local Lutheran Renewal Church (LRC) were busy preparing for a basic computer course. When communicating with Pastor Nick Hoebapa to determine if it was a good time to conduct the workshop in the middle of the counting period, he affirmed that his participants were more keen to have the computer training over counting process and its results.
Due to the National Elections this year, we have less number of workshops to conduct and it seems like by the end of the year we may have delivered only seven which is less than our average of nine to ten annual deliveries.
The Lutheran Renewal Church at Fimito is about 15 minutes drive from our CRMF Communications Centre and our route to training venue would take us past the security check point. The first day was filled with drama because we had two boxes loaded with laptops for the training. I stopped on the road at the check point expecting a thumbs up to drive on but the security officer signalled for pull over.
He says to me, “We need to check your boxes”, I realised at that moment that this was election period and and “any box” must be checked.! Hijacking of ballot papers continues to be a major concern in Papua New Guinea and so our box of laptops were checked and cleared by security.
This little incident also gave me an opportunity to make a one minute awareness to the police officer that we were preparing to conduct a basic computer course for the pastors and ministry leaders and the officer says to me, “Sori boss, mipela bihainim policy” (My apologies boss, we are following policy directives).
I drove away satisfied that the officer was committed to his task, (a little delay but…) we were committed to set up the training for the first day to assist Pastor Nick who was committed to making sure his participants received basic computer training. We can make a difference when everyone is committed to do what is expected of them.
The eighteen participants successfully completed their training and to show what they have learned, three of the graduates did power point presentations to the church and the community during graduation day.
One of the speakers representing the National President of Lutheran Renewal Church of PNG highlighted a need for technology when he shared about a Papua New Guinean missionary serving overseas who had difficulty using social media to communicate back home. Speaking to the graduates and the community he stressed the importance of basic training like computer for overseas ministry.
As facilitators involved in a ministry that is assisting the Churches in Papua New Guinea with technology, we learned about a need that we could contribute towards our national overseas missionaries. But meanwhile we are committed to pastors and ministry leaders like Pastor Nick and his team who are prepared to put priority over seasonal things like national elections and invest time in training that will make everlasting impact in the lives of people.
Thank you again for your commitment in praying and supporting CRMF ministry as the team continues to assist churches with technology.