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THEY KNOW WHAT THEY WANT by Caine

Learning Technologies PNG (LTPNG) has the desire to be the bridge to bring Bibles and biblical resource to remote communities of Papua New Guinea. In 2014 alone, 2,837 print bibles in Tok Pisin and English, a total of 320 audio bibles on MP3 solar powered players  and 850 various biblical resources were distributed in partnership with MAF PNG. This article covers a new bridge between Christian Apostolic Fellowship (CAF) Church and LTPNG.

this bridge links Enga Province to the rest of PNG

This bridge links Enga Province to the rest of PNG

This bridge pictured on the left with only the guard rails showing over Lai River is the vital road link into Enga Province. The Lai River starts in Enag Province and flows into East Sepik Province a beautiful portray of God’s love unlimited by provincial boundaries. Thus our LTPNG vision to be the bridge into remote communities for bibles and biblical resources, now into Enga Province with CAF.

The LTPNG team got to a busy start by starting 2015 ministry year with a Basic Computing Course (BCT) for CAF. The CAF Church was started in 1954 by overseas missionaries and currently about 400 plus established local churches in PNG. Most of the local churches are concentrated in Enga Province.

Pastor Wayman Kati, the current General Superintendent for CAF PNG requested for BCT on one of his trips to Goroka in 2014. Pastor Wayman and Pastor Ruth had served the church in Goroka for the last 25 years and is one of the founding members of the current  Goroka Pastors Fraternal. This previous partnership and network in Goroka led him to discover that LTPNG trains pastors for basic computing course. He put in the request for training as soon he heard of the BCT training

Pastor Wayman Kati participant at the LTPNG run BCT in Wapenamanda
Pastor Wayman Kati participant at the LTPNG run BCT in Wapenamanda

The BCT training held at Wapenamanda for CAF pastors from Wabag and Wapenamanda was really unique. Its uniqueness is attributed to the hunger for computing knowledge to enhance ministry for the remote communities in Enga province. The LTPNG team had a mini survey conducted alongside the computer course and most pastors interviewed stated that this BCT was a stepping stone to reach out to the remote communities with the word of God.

The initial missionary vision by the early missionaries was a push for evangelism only and as a result the CAF church as a whole has suffered lack of infrastructure in terms of health and education services for their members. This scenario changed since 2012 to 2013 and up to date there are 15 health facilities in different locations. Pastor Kati plans to build a high school with the 30 plus primary and elementary schools for the CAF membership which is dominant in Enga province and a good number in five other provinces. A partnership project with the government is in the pipeline to build a youth center in Wapenamanda for the youth population.

The BCT in Wapenamanda is a window of opportunity for LTPNG to partner with CAF to reach out to remote communities in the CAF network which goes into Yankis; the remotest place in Enga province.

Please pray with us as the next move for CAF is to have LTPNG complete all BCT in 2015 so that Oral Strategy Workshops for its pastors and TEE Tutor training can happen in 2016.

CAF Pastors and LTPNG team in Wapenamanda, Enga Province

CAF Pastors and LTPNG team in Wapenamanda, Enga Province

We discovered that both CAF and CRMF Learning Technologies PNG have the same vision for the remote and the best thing that can happen is to equip CAF leadership with training and resources so that they become our technical bridge to reach the remote with bibles and biblical resources.

This batch of BCT participants did not officially break for morning tea, lunch or dinner; the hunger to know computer skills to be adequately equipped for ministry was their only priority for the whole week!

Please pray that the Lord of the harvest will provide funding for the next level of BCT training this year so that the vision for theological training in 2016 can happen. This particular training has opened up lot of opportunities for CAF to equip its pastors for ministry in this generation.

For the team it was an honor to be asked by CAF to conduct this training as it has given us a foothold into a new province and a step closer to the remote communities who have not heard the word of God. Thank you again for your faithful prayer and support, you have assisted us to venture into a new province and an opportunity to to give a bible to someone who has not heard of Jesus before, what a privilege!

Survey team on the road

Survey team on the road

Pastor Samuel Opop, completed his ministry plan and produced a tithes and offering tables for his local church and saved it onto his own flash drive - good training!

Pastor Samuel Opop, completed his ministry plan and produced a tithes and offering tables for his local church and saved it onto his own flash drive – good training!

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