Our participants in the basic computing courses have given us inspiration to continue to deliver this most needed training. We pause now to give thanks to the Lord for giving this vision to Christian Radio Missionary Fellowship (CRMF) to equip pastors so that they can preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God to today’s generation.
We also pray that the Lord will open up more opportunities for pastors and ministry leaders to be trained and equipped with skills and resources to witness to those who are lost.
Learning Technologies PNG (LTPNG) under CRMF’s goal to be the Technology for the Church has been offering this Basic Computing Training (BCT) for four years and the need is enormous! At every graduation the request is the same; please do training for our next lot of pastors!
What Norman Vincent Pede said “PEOPLE BECOME REALLY REMARKABLE WHEN THEY START THINKING THAT THEY CAN DO THINGS” is so true for our participants. As trainers we are privileged that our participants are seasoned preachers and ministry leaders who have made an impact in the lives of the people in their circles of ministry.
Our work is to assist them to move from the known to the unknown, from their comfort zones to new horizons. It is not easy for most of them because they hold important positions at provincial and district levels and as pastors in their local congregations. We praise God as they humble themselves and became students. We too are honored to be of help to these wonderful and remarkable people whose zeal is to establish God’s kingdom here on earth.
Pastor Dickson Kare who is an overseer for his district said he has not been in a learning environment for over thirty years.
This computer training has given him an opportunity to learn one important savvy that he really needed for the ministry. He thanks the Lord for the full time ministry as a pastor, but stated that his only weakness that prevented him to higher positions was “computer knowledge”. With basic computer skills he could have been the Principal of a Bible College.
Pastor Dickson prepared a Microsoft Power Point Presentation 2010 (ppp) on graduation day that gave a profile picture and details of each participant as they were called up to receive their certificates. We empowered him to use his own initiative by teaching the basics and he went ahead to develop this wonderful presentation; he became a remarkable “student” whose one weakness in ministry was lack of computer skills.
But hold on, there were two more remarkable students who not only amazed us as trainers but astonished their fellow participants by delivering their morning devotional using ppp and overhead projector.
Pastor Asepi Otume shared on the popular John 3:16 Scripture and emphasized on the theme of “giving”. She summarized her devotional by challenging us to see the example of God who gave his only son and Jesus who gave up his own life willingly for us; what can you and I give, what a simple and straight forward challenge?
Our second remarkable student (another woman pastor) Ps Ketura Soso shared from John 19:16 – 17, So they took Jesus, and carrying his own cross he went out to the place called “The Place of the Skull”
She based her theme on; “carrying his own cross” and she did an excellent job on the how Jesus did not give in to the unbearable pain and suffering but dearly held on to the cross. At this stage in the presentation we were all in tears as the ppp clearly brought out the meaning of what it meant for Jesus to carry that cross on our behalf – thank you Jesus for your love! Help us to hold onto what you have given us.
We give glory to God for the use of technologies to present his Good News in more ways than just hearing a sermon. Someone said, “The size of your success depends on the depth of your desire” We have achieved new levels in the recent training with the Foursquare Church in the following ways;
We were one day ahead of schedule which gave us more time to teach more on a couple of difficult areas which needed more time and practice.
We had a printer on site to train them to save their work on a flash drive from their training computer and go to a second computer hooked up to a printer to print their work.
We had a participant (Ps Dickson) do a ppp for the receiving of certificates by the participants.
We also received a generous love offering from the church leaders to assist LTPNG to continue to offer BCT to other churches. It has been another wonderful two weeks of equipping the pastors and ministry leaders for ministry. Thank you for your wonderful support as we make a difference in the lives of the pastors and by doing that we help to make inroads for the Gospel to be preached.