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The Independence Message by Caine

This beautiful sunset invited us back on the fourth day. We felt the Lord’s smile in our hearts; thank you Lord for the opportunity to share your word.

This beautiful sunset invited us back on the fourth day. We felt the Lord’s smile in our hearts; thank you Lord for the opportunity to share your word.

Genesis 1:16 – 19…God saw it was good… the fourth day

 ”And God made the two great lights-the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night-and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day”.

 I was only a driver for one of the vehicles for the Christian Radio Missionary Fellowship (CRMF) Jesus Video outreach team that went to minister at Sausi, Madang Province. Three vehicles and 8 staff members including the General Manager, Michael Wakefield, were involved in the video and outreach ministry. Bryan, our Learning Technologies Country Manager, also brought his whole family for the outreach!

 Although, CRMF has been involved in the Jesus Video ministry for over three years now, this particular one was different because it involved an outreach ministry during the day and the shows at night. CRMF’s purpose in Papua New Guinea is to assist the Church through technical and communication services.  These vision was realized again as a portable PA system was used by the EBC pastors to preach at market places during the 38th independence celebrations of PNG.

The popular PA system being used by the outreach team

The popular PA system being used by the outreach team

The message of the open air outreach was simple; “Please depend on God as we celebrate our nation’s independence. Look at the state we are in since our independence and let us all go into mourning and fasting and cry to God for restoration for our churches, families and communities. Let us go back to our churches and learn from His word on how we all should live in these present days filled with evil and corruption.

 We are not here today to promote any Church but to promote Jesus, his death on the cross and the forgiveness he has won for us all. Please come to Jesus now and be friends with the Lord God, the maker of everything.”

 On the fourth day of this independence week Jesus video show and outreach ministry, a man came to be prayed for after the team’s last open air outreach at Ramu Sugar Township. This man said as soon as he heard of Jesus he could not do his market anymore, he left his vegetables with his sister and came to hear the Word. Toward the end, he offered a watermelon and asked for prayer.

As a driver for the outreach team I was given the honor to minister to the man and later prayed with him. I was content to pray with a person who found Christ again and wants to follow Him, besides negotiating pot holes and shifting gears.

His heart was filled with joy and he said he would return home and tell his wife about the wonderful experience

His heart was filled with joy and he said he would return home and tell his wife about the wonderful experience

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Bible or NO BIble by Caine

The hand takes and the heart cries with joy

The hand takes and the heart cries with joy

“My Bible was stolen during the car accident a month ago, and since then I have been teaching my Sunday school class
without a Bible. I am crying as I receive this Bible because, only the Lord knows my heart and what it means to me to have a Bible” Mrs. Ernas serves the Lord in the area of Sunday school with the Evangelical Brotherhood Church at Usino Bundi, in the Madang Province. As soon as the Bible touched her hands she began to cry for joy that the promise of the Lord’s providence for a Bible has been fulfilled today.

Psalms 139 teaches us that we all are fearfully and wonderfully made. One of these wonderful creations is the connection with the whole part of the body; the heart and the eye and the emotion that expresses itself when something beautiful is happens. I could feel the joy of her tears as she prayed for us for being sensitive to the Lord’s prompting to donate a Bible for her Sunday school class.
After she received the Bible and tearfully prayed for the gift that we learned how she lost her first one and longed desperately for a new one. Her story displays the ever growing need for Bibles to be accessible to those who need them. It seems that most of the remote places in the MAF regular flight circles are being taken care of in terms of accessibility to have a Bible. The people who will continue to struggle are the ones in between the airstrips and roads into town; who are near the town and yet are far away from basic transport service to get into a bookshop.

Her Sunday school class and the rest of her House Fellowship witnessed the gift. Her zeal to serve the Lord has been strengthening by the problems she faces in life. Her Church was burnt down by another denomination out of jealousy and as a result she runs the Sunday school under a house. She also plays a major role in this small congregation of people who desire to follow Christ. This particular Sunday we were given an opportunity to share from the Gospel of Luke chapter 22:35-38. As Linus, Johnson and I left this congregation to regroup with the main outreach team, we realized that the need to distribute Bibles to those who need them is enormous. We were content that the Lord used us to bring a Bible to this special lady whose desire is to teach the Good News; with or without a Bible, in a Church building or under a house, as long as the Good News is preached!

Linus gives the Bible to Ernas

Linus gives the Bible to Ernas

Linus Edwards is a local man from Bundi, who serves as the front counter sales person at the CRMF Communications Centre at Goroka. He had the privilege to give the Bible to this lovely sister in the Lord in appreciation of the ministry for the children in the area. Of the Independence outreach program, Linus said it was such a blessing to leave the normal day at the office and share the love of Jesus on an outreach program and would want to go out again when another outreach program is scheduled.

She received the Bible with tears and those who witness the gift were all crying with joy.

Thank you so much for all of you who continue to pray and give toward the ministry of Christian Radio Missionary Fellowship (CRMF) in PNG. Because of you all, a Sunday school teacher can continue to teach the children about God’s love, here in PNG.


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Every Face Tells the Story by Caine

Everyone else can look the other way but I know what I want

“Everyone else can look the other way but I know what I want”

 

There is a saying that says; “Every face tells a story” The man in the center of the picture does not care about what is going on around him. Everybody else is listening to one of the outreach members talk about the different resources that the team has brought to show and tell. The Envoy Micro has captured the full attention of this man. One of our cameras captured this special moment of a man fascinated by a full Tok Pisin Baibel (Full Pidgin English Bible) in audio.

During our awareness trips around the country, we get this kind of response  from those who come face to face with an audio Bible, they have been used to the print Bibles and the “talking one” really arrests their attention. It is called a “WOW” moment.

 

Pastor Simon plays the Envoy Micro ove rthe PA using the cordless mike

Pastor Simon plays the Envoy Micro over the PA using the cordless mike

This picture shows Pastor Simon (EBC) playing the Envoy Micro player over the PA system, as he holds the microphone close to the Envoy Micro player.
Ps. Simon loved the PA system during the outreach time and he found every opportunity to use it. He has actually asked for the price because as a man who wants to share Jesus at every opportunity, the PA system is portable and perfect for what he desires to do.

This particular PA system was a donation from the Lutheran Church in Australia to CRMF for the Jesus Video show.  We had the opportunity to show the Jesus video at three different locations during this particular trip. As a result (expected) a come back to show it at different locations was requested and could happen in three weeks time?

The picture below shows the result of the outreach ministry where we sold print Bibles and audio Bibles. The main speaker of the open air outreach Elder Kui giving away the purchased Bible.

 

The lady below in the picture represents so many people who desire to buy a Bible but cannot afford to go into a book shop in town to purchase one. She was full of joy that we could bring it to her market stall for her to buy. LTPNG has become the bridge to bring Bibles to wherever people are! Please pray with us as we do want to be the face for remote Bible distribution for many who cannot visit a Bookshop in town.   Please pray with us as we seek the Lord’s direction to have a strategy to distribute  Bibles to those like this woman who is near the road and yet so far away from the bookshop!

A market vendor gratefully receives her Bible from Elder Kui

A market vendor gratefully receives her Bible from Elder Kui