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HUMBLENESS IS THE KEY by Caine

Couples who attended the course; Ps Teddy (middle)

Couples who attended the course; Ps Teddy (middle)

Sometimes in our zeal to get something we really want, we overlook our superiors. Such is the case for Ps Teddy (center with wife Cathy) who picked up an LTPNG brochure during the “Power in the Word” conference organized by Pioneer Bible Translators in Madang in 2013. He and three other pastors filled in the response form and returned it to LT office in Goroka. All four requested for a Basic Computing Course.

Ps. Joe on the left with wife Cathy did not know about the request, however Ps Joe was very happy that the computer course did eventuate.

Culturally, a chief in the village is happy when a member of his domain brings in something good that will benefit the whole kingdom. I used this illustration in my opening remarks to appreciate Ps Teddy for requesting the need on behalf of Bogia Four Square Church. This also showed the humbleness by the leadership of the Church in Bogia to welcome the course even though it was arranged without their initial blessing. A good picture of how the body of Christ is suppose to operate as most times, the leadership could become an hindrance.

This gesture is a very good example of putting overall good first instead of lording over positions which can sometimes shut out what the Lord may want to bring to the church.

In my closing remarks I presented three slides to reflect on the Basic Computing course and future plans for partnership in regards to training; flowers represent current training, nuts represent future training and the third slide depends on the plans of the leadership to continue the training.

THE FLOWER IS A SYMBOL OF FRUIT TO COME. This Basic Computer Training is a start to equip pastors for more training.

THE FLOWER IS A SYMBOL OF FRUIT TO COME. This Basic Computer Training is a start to equip pastors for more training        

 

This particular training was possible because of the 12 computers that were donated last year toward Learning Technologies Ministry.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support as this particular training in Bogia gave hope and renewed the vision and the reason for a pastor to be in the center of giving God’s word to those who need it.

 

Lina using the overhead projector to teach

Lina using the overhead projector to teach at the Basic Computing Course for Four Square Pastors

 

 

 

 

THE FRUIT AFTER THE FLOWER IS THE NEXT NATURAL STEP. Pray that the Lord will open up opportunities to do the next training.

THE FRUIT AFTER THE FLOWER IS THE NEXT NATURAL STEP. Pray that the Lord will open up opportunities to do the next training.

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LT MINISTRY FOCUS COMFIRMED by Caine

Ps Joe Wakamas, District Supervisor Four Square Church Bogia.

Ps Joe Wakamas, District Supervisor Four Square Church Bogia.

In this era of technology, the desire of Learning Technologies in Papua New Guinea is to train and equip people for ministry while in ministry, thereby encouraging further training with the aim to dismiss educational barriers that seem to have a status quo on computer knowledge for the few.   Divine Word University in Madang has become a “paperless” institution where most presentations and feedback on learning is mostly digital.

A laptop computer is part of the dressing for the highly educated and important looking working class. As a result a technological gap has found its place between the urban and the rural just like everything else that is on those two lists.

Pastor Joe Wakamas expressed this at the closing of the basic computing course; “I always thought that computers were for university students and people with high educational levels. My pastors and I are simple people in the community, and I never thought that I would have the opportunity to use a computer” He went on to express that with computer skills, a pastor‘s potential for ministry will be greatly multiplied.   A pastor trained in basic computing skills can draw up programs, keep financial records, write emails, study the Bible and present sermons.

Ps John Sage had a swollen leg but walked one and half kilometer to attend the training. He said that was no way that this leg would stop him from this opportunity! His sons helped escorted him halfway to the Church grounds.

Ps John Sage walked 1.5 kilometers with a swollen leg to make it in time for the course

Ps John Sage (right) walked 1.5 kilometers with a swollen leg to make it in time for the course

I THOUGH A COMPUTER WAS A TOOL FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS, NOW I UNDERSTAND THAT A SIMPLE PERSON LIKE ME CAN USE A COMPUTER FOR MINISTRY – PS JOE

Charlie doing practice on a Netbook during a night session

Charlie doing practice on a Netbook during a night session

Charlie Kasiray was the only participant who was not a pastor who took the course. He shared that his friends respected him because he was taking a computer course. Computer training is becoming a regular training for the remote pastors and the recent one in Bogia has opened up opportunities for health workers, government offers and teachers wanting the training; so bad that a government officer wanted to pay his registration fees now for 2015.

As a team, we are glad that the Lord has given us another opportunity to bridge the gap between the highly educated and the hard working pastors who are working away unnoticed to bring the good news.


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TWO NIGHTS ON THE TRACK by Caine

Esther at the computer class in BOgia
Esther at the computer class in Bogia

DON’T LET WHAT YOU CAN’T DO STOP YOU FROM DOING WHAT YOU CAN DO – JOHN WOODEN

Esther Morgan could not get a motorized boat to a PMV location to bring her to Madang and onto Bogia for the Basic Computing Course. She could not get a ride so she decided to walk to a location to catch a ride.

This walk involved two nights on the track and by the time she arrived at the training venue, the Basic Computing course was into its second day! Upon arrival she discovered that her registration fees for the training sent a while back did not reach the course organizers. She paid her registration fee again to take the course.

Esther Morgan is a Pastor with the Four Square Church in Ramu which is a long way from Bogia. She travelled a total of 245.8 km to her destination where she caught a vehicle, but her 2.2 km from her ministry field in Ramu into Usino where she would catch a ride turned into two nights on the road because she could not get a motorized boat ride. With the remoteness and basic service infrastructure challenges, short kilometers can convert into days. Take note that most tracks in Papua New Guinea are not straight lines even though distances are measured in straight lines.

esther track

For Pastor Morgan, the two nights on the road and repaying her registering fees did not dim the enthusiasm to learn the basic computing skills. She was given a special welcome by the LT team when she sat for her first session. Lina Tomagau, the trainer for the course, spent extra time with her to catch her up on the sessions she missed.

At the presentation of the certificates, she was given an opportunity to share her story of not giving up in spite of the challenges.

The LT team and fellow participants were greatly encouraged that she did not give up on the negatives but persevered on the positives to receive training for ministry.