In my closing remarks on graduation day I shared about a computer and a chicken. Both are items for us to use in our everyday life for food and work. Depending on our workplaces, the computer and a chicken may play a very different role but we don’t spend much time and even bother to ask if they have something in common. They both checked in at Lae’s Nazab airport destined for Momote Airport on Manus Island and rode in the cargo bay of the Air Niugini’s F100 aircraft as “consigned” passengers. Now, relax and enjoy inflight entertainment story about a computer and a chicken.
Day old chicks also consigned for Momote
During the flight the chicken asked the computer, “Say, how many of you are in that box?” The computer replied; “There are ten of us in this box and another ten fellows in the other box” “So, there are twenty of you wow! So how are you planning to spend your time in Manus?” the chicken asked again. “Oh this is routine two week drill and we do this almost every month in different parts of Papua New Guinea, we do travel a lot”. “That’s great so you are ready for this one?” “Actually, we are a bit nervous as we have discovered that each of us will be serving about two or three people at the same time. We are not young anymore and I am not sure if we can survive the coastal heat and humidity for the next two weeks”. “What about you fellows, seems like a regular run to me?” Yep! We do this route on weekly bases and most of us will find work in Asian shops and the Harbor Side Hotel, the town market and if we are lucky we get to see the nice sandy beaches in other parts of Manus and the little islands. By the way, we know most of the kitchens in Lorengau town. Hey man great talking to you, the captain has told the cabin crew to prepare for landing, bye”
The computer and the chicken both play significant roles to address the needs of man (bible definition) because man is the cream of all creation. God blessed the man to have dominion over other creatures (Genesis 1:26 – 30). The Psalmists in Psalm 8 describes the glory of God with every other creation in the expanses of the universe and describes the dignity that God bestowed for man in the whole tapestry of creation. No wonder the adversary of all mankind did everything to disrupt the plan of salvation, as a case in point (Luke 4: 1- 13). Now toward the end of the chapter, after defeating Satan with the temptations Jesus announced the year of the Lord’s favor as prophesied by Isaiah (61:1). The year of the Lord has already come and the adversary continues to wage war against man.
Being in Manus for the last two weeks has been a good reflection time for me; looking back at the number of training done by the CRMF Learning Technologies team for the last five years. The five year stats look great and we give glory and honor to God for such a ministry. But you see I was not focusing on the stats and the testimonies of how needs are being met in this kind of training but rather on the ultimate purpose of what we do. For me and the tiny cycle of impact that the team is involved in, I ask my self – is it worth it? I miss my wife and children due to constant travel for training and so it was an important time for reflection.
I did not reflect on any particular Scripture but took a branch and started to write on the sand of the number of days remaining to tie up the Manus project. As I wrote my focus went back to the current training, the 50 participants and then zooming in on the different participants and resting on the two inmates. The man that God created as His master piece, why are they behind bars, why are they separated from their loved ones and missing out on the daily routine of life in a community. Is there hope for them after their term?
Can our little ministry make an impact in today’s communities experiencing social issues, corruption and crime? As iron sharpens iron, how can we equip the Churches so that pastors, ministry workers and Christians become good models for Christ and not just stats for denominations? God did everything in his power to save man from eternal death and so likewise we do our little bit to in our day and time to save this master piece – man.
I thank God for the numerous organizations and ministry groups around the globe whose goal is to bring His Word to the lost in numerous ways in their unique ways in this age and time.
CRMF’s Learning Technologies has this wonderful God given vision to be the “Technology for the Church” in the area of providing basic computing skills to pastors and ministry workers. The Manus project has given the team a glimpse of a wider purpose of the impact of its training and the importance of a good partnership with a Church.
We praise God for the partnership with Evangelical Church Of Manus (ECOM), its leadership and Manus Bible Translation Organisation (MBTO) for the opportunity to work together to give hope for all man.
Our prayer is that an ongoing relationship be established on Manus Island so that we can be part of the ultimate purpose for God by partnering and serving the different churches on Manus Island.
Oh to finish our inflight entertainment story of the computer and the chicken; both serve the man and his need.