We can thank God that there are many denominations in Papua New Guinea and that the different denominations are avenues for the gospel of Christ to be preached. Hopefully, all these denominations are not different ways to go to heaven, for Acts 4:12 very clearly states that through Jesus alone can a person go to heaven. There are Bible references that support why Jesus is the only way; John 14:6, is the central one that Jesus himself declared. We can go ahead and list some basic fundamental biblical based knowledge why Jesus is the only way; he is the only person that came from heaven to earth and returned back, he is the only one that died on the cross for our sins, he is the only whose grave is empty! He is risen indeed and will be coming back to take us to be where he is (John 14:1-3)
The PNG Post Courier ran an article titled “Muslim Converts increase in PNG” (March 6th 2013) and the following statement caught my attention; According to local Muslim leaders, Islam is growing rapidly especially in the Highlands region, especially in the province of Chimbu, and has been successful especially in the Melanesian population who had not converted to the Christian faith in the past.
CRMF has a Jesus Film outreach ministry and an opportunity has been given by the leadership to share the gospel at the Easter week-end. Eight CRMF staff members will partner with a local Lutheran Renewal Church in Markham Valley to show the Jesus film. Our aim is to assist the different churches and denominations in Markham, to preach the gospel of Christ via the Jesus film. The eight staff members will be divided into two teams with a goal to do outreach with eight different communities. We plan to leave some short Bibles study topics, reflection questions and some Sunday school sample lessons in light of the Jesus film.
Why is CRMF doing this? We believe that every Melanesian must be given an opportunity to hear the gospel of Christ in various ways that are available in today’s age. Our prayer is that those who hear the gospel preached or see it preached (Jesus film)will not stop there but take that very important step to make a personal commitment to follow Christ, thus avoid being “easy targets” for false religions and doctrines. We feel that our time spent this Easter week –end in this little way will present an opportunity for someone to come to know Christ in a personal way.
Knowing that our country is largely made up of oral communities, CRMF has now established a channel with overseas partners with the overall goal to saturate these oral communities with the gospel of Christ. We believe that the power of the WORD itself presented via mobile phones, solar powered MP3/4 players, tablets and whatever else available on today’s technical wave will make an impact on people’s lives. We plan to promote some of these devices during these Easter week-end.
May God be glorified during this special time of reflecting on the death and the resurrection of our Lord Jesus and His ministry beyond the empty tomb.