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Counting Computers? by Ruruk

Pastor Nick receiving his certificate from Brian and Lina

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.

Bryan thanking the church for the partnership to train workers for ministry.

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.

Amamo Taima doing her presentation

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.

Julie Manime challenging the church and community with her  presentation on Noah’s flood.

Thank you again for your commitment in praying and supporting CRMF ministry as the team continues to assist churches with technology.

 


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WRONG GRADUATION by Ruruk

Promise of God’s love and faithfulness for another basic computer skills training.
First morning at Bogia

 “It is unusual to hold graduation in Church and for a computer training course, something is not adding up?” This was the opening statement of the doctor in charge of the Bogia District Hospital, Mrs Ruth Wamena who was invited to officiate at the graduation of the 17 Foursquare Bogia District Pastors.

Pastor Daisy Shon, receiving her certificate from Dr. Ruth

She said her first reaction when invited to officiate was, why in a church building, this is odd, weddings, funerals and holy communion yes but computers do not belong in the pews or pulpits.

As I listened to her address I gathered that she was expressing the connection that must happen in today’s church for the transforming Word of God to speak to the hearts of today’s seeker for the truth ; the opportunity for theological truth dissemination via technologies is more accessible now than 10 years ago for churches in Papua New Guinea. I praise God that he has allowed CRMF to be a part to bridging that gap to create opportunities to saving souls.

Mrs Wamena concluded her speech to the participants and the invited guests that came by stating that although it is unusual it is a very good thing for everyone these days to have the basic knowledge to computer. She thanked CRMF for facilitating such training and encouraged the pastors and Church representatives from Catholic, Lutheran and PNG Bible Church to work together with the Foursquare Church to receive this kind of training from CRMF.

The first level of basic computer training for Bogia Foursquare Church was conducted in 2014 with plans to do second level in 2015 which did not happen until this year. We thank the Lord for giving us an opportunity to complete this project for pastors who have come from different regions of Bogia District, some as far as Ramu which requires a lot of travel.

Pastor Esther Morgen and others in training

Most of these pastors have not seen a computer before and may not even own one in their life time and so our prayer is that those who come through our training will be motivated by the skills that they’ve picked up to save and buy a computer.

But even if they have will not own a computer we have trained them the basics of utilizing a computer to type, save and print programs, sermons or letters with church letter heads for ministry and for general administration of their local churches; which is all they need to know in our short basic computer skills training.

We also had the opportunity to show Jesus Video at two different places; an outreach ministry that CRMF normally does on week-ends in Goroka. Tok Pisin version of Jesus Video and the movie “End of the Spear” continues to be popular in places we’ve done Jesus Video outreach.

Using Bluetooth technology for our pa system to show Jesus Video at Sepa, Bogia, Madang Province

We have the DVD of the Jesus Video that we sell too as a way of promote the film and also for those who have computers or DVD players to continue to show this wonderful movie. Please continue to pray with us that this movie will speak to those who view it and help them to make better decisions for their future.

We also took along some items from the shelves of the CRMF Communications Center as a way to assist the pastors and Christians to buy quality but affordable items with our Church rate prices.

The items that sold fast were the 8GB Micro SD card and reading glasses. While there in Bogia, a new Asian shop opened and were giving 10% for the first three hours. I decided to cancel an hour of training and take the participants to this shop to compare the items being sold at this shop with our samples. I did this because a couple of pastors came to buy Micro SD cards from us and I told them to buy with discount price at this new store on a condition; that I check the brand first. One glance was enough to advice the pastors not to buy and they literally ran back to buy ours.

Display of the items we took along to sell

Thank you for your support and prayers for the sales items that CRMF sells as the profits gets diverted to ministries like this basic computer training to help the pastors be effective in spreading the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Want to fly MAF its easy just help to refuel the plane!
Thomson helping Danny Madang MAF Base.

 This trip we had the opportunity to fly with MAF and really enjoyed the comfort of short travel time, no pot holes and the peace that all our equipment was in good hands of pilot Dave Rogers.

Thank you again for your support and prayers as it has made the difference to train those pastors in Bogia District.


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Xing Stone Age by Ruruk

Daniel was one of the first to meet Gerhard, went to be with the Lord in January 2017

 Two weeks ago, a missionary walked into our office loaded with stories about people who have lived in the stone age era yet have had opportunities to experience God’s grace. They heard the Gospel by hearing the Scriptures from the MegaVoice Solar powered players and made life changing decisions. No wonder Gerhard Stamm could not stop talking about these people group and I could not stop grinning even after I saw him off with 20 more Envoys units, he had given away what he had! He always gives away!

Gerhard and Brigitta Stamm serve under Liebenzell Mission International and serve here in Papua New Guinea with the South Sea Evangelical Church (SSEC). His stories cover the people group who live in the boarders of Enga and East Sepik Provinces in the April River Region.

April River region

 

The yellow pin marks the region where Gerhard and Birgitta give away audio bibles to the people who have lived both worlds.

 

 

 

 

 

Some years ago he (Gerhard) was invited by the people of April River to visit Bikaru community on one of his ministry trips. During this visit a certain old man called Daniel caught his attention, because he was clearing his gardening area with a stone axe. Yes Daniel had a stone axe in his hand and his nose had two flying fox bones sticking out at both ends. Gerhard gave him an audio bible (Ambassador) as a gift. Daniel learned to speak Tok Pisin as a result of listening to the Audio Bible and pretty soon he became a believer. The last time that Gerhard visited him was in December 2016 and in January this year, Daniel went away to be with his Lord. We praise God for the technology of Bibles in audio format for God to reach out and touch our Stone Age people. Daniel was saved by listening to the Word of God from the solar powered audio player.

We are excited for our partners like Gerhard and Birgitta Stamm who are willing to walk 2days (1 day for locals) to provide opportunities so that the Word of God can reach the lost people groups living in the remotest places in our country.

Gerhard Stamm with a former stone age man

Daniel went through two Audio Bible Units because he always used it and his favorite statement when Gerhard had time to visit him was, “I will never turn my back on Jesus”.

Gerhard commend Lina and the team for making these resources available so that people out in the remotest parts of PNG can know about the love and the grace of God by listening to the audio bible. It is indeed amazing that God’s grace is free and the Bible testifies that truth beyond doubt and in that same breath of grace he made technology as one of many facets to tell of his love to everyone including this particular people group that have lived in both worlds. God is indeed amazing!

Gerhard also shared about Joe who is an educated person but went blind and felt that his (Joe) education was useless to him as a blind person. When he heard the Word of God via the Envoy unit he exclaimed, ‘Dispela Buk em stret’ (This book tells the truth). ‘I know I cannot see but what I am hearing is so true’

Joe is almost blind but he had good ears to hear and know the truth

He also shared about an old paralyzed man in the Wario River whose eye lit up when he saw and heard the audio bible. And Gerhard was still telling stories but he had to go… the twenty units he took with him will have another 20 new stories the next time he walks into the office.

Please join me as we praise God for missionaries like Gerhard and Brigitta who can give their time, their life to a people group who were never their own but by the love and the grace of God they can be part these people group.

Stamms with the Bikaru people, who own a lot audio bible units

Thank you for all your prayers and support because without you we cannot reach the blind, the crippled and the Stone Aged. We are all reminded again of God’s word that does not return empty; he is faithful to His own Word, so let us be encouraged with what little we can do, an extra mile we can go, a new challenge we can face and help tell someone about the love and the grace of God. Jesus Christ is risen indeed let us tell those who have not heard yet!

 


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SAME STOMACH by Ruruk –

The classroom for the DTS program

Every Home for Christ (EHC) is a mission organisation dedicated to the great commission.
Its vision is to reach every home for Christ in Papua New Guinea. EHC PNG is based in Mt Hagen, Western Highlands Province with its core mission to train Papua New Guinean missionaries and allocate them to different regions of the country.

This is achieved by having their students go through a six months ‘Discipleship Training School’ (DTS) and upon graduation work under team leaders or missionaries active in a field in a certain region of the country. The director for EHC PNG, Pastor Aaron Nikkie, had requested the Basic Computer Training (BCT) in 2016, but this didn’t work out, however in March 2017, MAF’s Learning Technologies staff became involved to start off the years curriculum for their Discipleship Training School with the Basic Computing Course. Pastor Aaron was so happy and grateful that his vision to include computer training as a possible part of the DTS training has now became a reality.

The BCT itself lasted for two weeks with Lina Tomagau as the main trainer and with Brain Ward and Caine assisting her for a week each.

EHC participants for the basic computing course

The students come from all provinces in PNG to go through the DTS program. Due to tribal conflict the original site which hosted the DTS program was moved to a residential area. I learned that the current site is a residential area for Pastor Aaron’s wife Roselyn Nikkie who willingly turned it into a venue to continue to deliver the DTS program.

The family poultry project houses were adapted into dormitories and a temporary classroom was constructed to continue to have students train for mission outreach work.   The LT training staff had the opportunity to meet students form East Sepik, Hela, West New Britain, Central and Western Highlands. A couple of participants who took the basic computing course were team leaders from the regions.

Mr. Zibah Areni traveled from Alotau to Mt Hagen (823km by plane) just to participate in the computing course, said he is very happy to have come a long way to have this basic training because, ” I see a lot of potential for a person in my position to use computer skills for ministry. With this kind of training and the times we are living in I find it helpful to equip me to carry out the vision for EHC in the region I serve.”

First print job, their own work

Every training is different in terms of participants needs and so some extra sessions were offered by the team to meet those specific needs. These are needs not on the normal BCT curriculum that CRMF delivers to pastors.

As a result of the two weeks spent with EHC the team sees opportunities that Lord willing would develop into longer periods of working and sharing together in the future. Because of the same focus of reaching the remote people groups with the Word of God via tracks, audio bibles, there is a very strong possibility to work more together so that our remotest people can be reached.

A back translation of Tok Pisin word for “Wan Bel” into English becomes “Same Stomach” In other words, we (CRMF/MAF)  have the same vision with Every Home for Christ to reach the remote people groups for Christ, be it tracks,missionaries,micro sd cards, flash drives, solar powered players, whatever resources as long as “Wan Bel stap long kisim tok bilong Bikpela i go long lain long bik bus.(we have the same vision and willing to work together to reach the remotest people groups with God’s word)

Part of the main Highlands Highway becomes one lane as a result of the landslide.
We know that CRMF, MAF and EHC and many other organisations exist to reach people groups with the Good News, the path may not be clear but the vision must be crystal clear just as Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:19 – 20.

Because it was a residential place construction is ongoing, I had a privileged to have helped after classes to level this section of the ground for students mess hall.


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BEYOND BASIC SKILLS by Ruruk

PNGCF, Kugla, Mt Hagen WHP

PNGCF, Kugla, Mt Hagen WHP

The beauty of our basic computer skills training for the pastors and ministry leaders is that they are not beginners in ministry. They are seasoned preachers and teachers who have been ministering to their local churches for a number of years. This current training organized by Papua New Guinea Christian Fellowship (PNGCF)Church at Kugla, Mt Hagen, Western Highlands Province has lived up to its name to invite other pastors and women leaders from different denominations and ministry groups to participate in the training.  It is a beautiful picture of sharing with one another for a common goal; to win lost souls for God’s kingdom.  All pastors and ministry leaders are in need of acquiring skills to minister to changing congregations in Papua New Guinea.

Pastor Rose Wani with other participants

Pastor Rose Wani with other participants

Various pastors and women leaders from Assembles of God, Christian Apostolic Fellowship, Christian Fellowship Centre, Widows Ministry Group and Seventh Day Adventists expressed their appreciation to the organizers of this course, namely Pastor Alois Aiya and Pastor Amos Mek of PNGCF. Pastor Amos was the main conduit for this particular training to connect CRMF’s Learning Technologies PNG to offer the basic skills training. He actually heard his cousin brother Billy Kewa (CRMF Accounts) sharing about the ministry of CRMF and the various options available for equipping pastors.

Pastor Amos

Pastor Amos took a step further

 Pastor Amos took it further to request for the BCT training and also made a trip to Goroka to meet with the LTPNG staff and discuss the arrangements for the training. He is a typical story of how the Lord has caught the attention of pastors who are searching for ways to train and equip their pastors and ministry leaders.  I have learned and respect the knowledge that most of the pastors in this particular training have taken into full time ministry not as trained Bible School graduates but as “believers” in the transformation power of the Word of God. They have a heart to share what the Word of God has done in their lives and so to be assisted by a basic computer course to help them prepare for today’s generation is a bonus!

The beautiful thing for us as facilitators was to discover the kind of participants that the Lord brings us to train. I praised God for the zeal of the pastors to dig deep and trust their Lord to continue to spread the Gospel of Christ. Pastor Alouis Aiya is in charge of the PNGCF at Kugla but is currently nurturing a Church at Port Moresby. It all began when a family living in Port Moresby came home (Mt Hagen) for a break and during their stay Pastor Alois shared the Word of God with them. God used this opportunity to speak to the hearts of this couple who invited him to go to Port Moresby as they wanted to hear more. While in Port Moresby a lawyer friend of this couple asked Pastor Alois to pray for his sick son. This lawyer also invited his other lawyer friend to be with him for this occasion; the Lord healed the lawyer’s son and both lawyers and their families became members of this little church which is growing.

Ticket for Pastor Aloius

Travel expenses for Pastor Alouis is in these two bags of corn packed and ready to be sold

Pastor Alois is a kind of participant who will use the basic computer skills training to organize his time between two churches which need his pastoral care. He stated that his local church in Mt Hagen will support him to reach out to the needy in Port Moresby.

Pastor Alouis

Pastor Alouis

Our other notable participant was Mr Paul Poning, Supervisor for Widows Ministry. This ministry is made up of over 100 widows who work together under Paul to pray and support each other in this ministry. Some of these widows are wives of pastors and ministry leaders who have died.

Paul

Paul (red cap) supervisor for Widows Ministry

Mr Paul said this training is timely for me and has really assisted me to set up an office to monitor the activities of Widows Ministry. There are a lot of widows out there who need help and so setting up an office will really help my work. I have also sponsored two widows who are in this training with me with an aim to set up an office to properly monitor the existing women in the widow’s ministry. The next step is to continue to partner with CRMF and other Para-Church organizations to equip women for ministry in our communities.

We thank the Lord again for bringing key people for training and equipping; we can see them as participants but the Lord has called them each by name to be special instruments for his work for the greater good.

PNGCF living up to its name

PNGCF living up to its name – bringing others together to be trained.


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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.