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THE CATCH by Ruruk

TO BE A LEADER YOU MUST STAND FOR SOMETHING OR YOU WILL FALL FOR ANYTHING. – ANTHONY PAGANO

Like any other requests for training we do not know what kind of individual participants will attend the training. We do have a general understanding that our students are pastors and ministry leaders whose highest education level would be grade six at an average. All the training we offer is for pastors and church leaders of various churches who have different visions.

Ps Albert receiving his certificate from Lina

Pastor Albert receiving his certificate from Lina

Since 2013, when the vision to offer basic computing skills to equip pastors and ministry leaders became a reality Learning Technologies PNG (LTPNG) has to date delivered the training to about 230 pastors and ministry leaders with 40 different denominations.

The team is currently delivering another training this month (2 – 13 May) with 27 participants as I write this article. In the midst of these trainings I am discovering the vision of each of the leaders that are requesting for the basic computing course.

All the leaders have really caught the long term vision to equip their pastors for the changing face of Papua New Guinea in this technical age. More importantly, these leaders want to see their pastors be in charge of their ministry programs by typing and printing them.

One such pastor and leader is Pastro Albert Magoi; for the LT team, the trip to Buka (see story on Lasting Connection) was like a fisherman fishing with a drag net. He sees movement in the water and sees tiny ripples but has no idea of the kind and the size of the actual fish, until the net closes in and the catch is secured. We had no idea that Pastor Albert was instrumental in the Bougainville crises as a commander, second to the popular Francis Ona. However, during the war, the Lord spoke to Pastor Albert through a local prophet to lay down arms and pick up the Bible with a message for Bougainville.

The Lord save this family for a purpose

The Lord save the Magois for a purpose

The Lord confirmed his call upon Albert’s life in numerous occasions by protecting his family during the civil war. The ultimate test for trust was when the Lord took him past two Army (PNG Defense Force) checkpoints in Buka town and provided a passage out of Bougainville via CASA (PNG Defense Force Plane) to escape to Port Moresby. We praise God for such leaders who have a vision to stand for what they believe in and lead their members to new levels.

Pastor Magoi believes that the only true restoration can come from within and not from outside. While sharing the wordings of the covenant, he stated that the Basic Computer Training is a God given opportunity and requested for training in Panguna in 2017. He stated that his vision to equip all the pastors from different denominations under the “God’s Kingdom Network” is the only answer to bring peace and restoration to the Island of Bougainville.

Pastor Francis, Chairman of God,s Kingdom Network Partners Solomon Island, receiving his certificate.

Pastor Francis, Chairman of God,s Kingdom Network Partners, Solomon Island, receiving his certificate.

We discovered our catch (Ps. Albert) as a leader who has a vision not only to restore the troubled island but preach the kingdom message via conferences to different denominations so that individual Christians can find everlasting life in God and not in churches or denominations. He added that churches are only agencies of God’s kingdom but we have established churches as kingdoms of God! Because the kingdom of God is within a person (Luke 17:21)

A slide developed by Ps Albert during the basic computing course.

A slide developed by Ps Albert hinmself during the basic computing course.

 

We also discovered the ultimate result of basic computing training in line with our vision to prepare God’s people for the works of service so that the body of Christ may be built up. (Ephesians 4:12).

Pastor Albert turned the basic computer skills training into a powerful ministry tool by using Microsoft Power Pont Presentation 2010 (PPP) to teach his message of discovering the kingdom within a person.

 

“IF WE ARE TO ACHIEVE RESULTS NEVER BEFORE ACCOMPLISHED, WE MUST EXPECT TO EMPLOY METHODS NEVER BEFORE ATTEMPTED”. – FRANCIS BACON

For us as facilitators, it was a blessing to see the training being used to preach the Good News of the kingdom of God via technology. We saw first hand the confirmation of God’s vision for CRMF to be a technology for the Church in the area of basic computing skills; such skill in the hands of a pastor like Albert is a powerful tool to receive the message by seeing and hearing.

Setting up equipment for the night session, never attempted before in such trainings.

Setting up equipment for the night session, never attempted before in such trainings.

Thank you again for supporting the team to Buka and pray for the Lord’s will for ongoing partnership with different denominations in Bougainville for training and distribution of Bibles and biblical resources in partnership with God’s Kingdom Network.

Buka trip will always remain as a special place in our hearts because we were shown a mass grave and you can feel the scars of the crises. But the good news is hearing testimonies of  God’s vision for Bougainville. While on a bigger picture the Lord gave us an opportunity to make an impact in the lives of the pastors who are willing to make a change by utilising the resources available via technologies.

The covenant signed between the Government of AROB and Church leaders

The covenant signed between the Government of AROB and Church leaders, reps of different churches that came for the training.


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LASTING CONNECTION by RURUK

Praise God for giving us an opportunity to equip pastor for the restoration of AROB

Praise God for giving us an opportunity to equip pastor for the restoration of AROB

 Someone described technology in these profound words; “Technology exists to shorten the distance between two points”It is of course a broad statement and so putting it in a context will draw out its full profoundness. Our context is in the area of restoration. And you are asking what in the world is Learning Technologies PNG got to do with the restoration process? The Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) continues to be addressed by international organizations on the topic of restoration in the region. However the results are not evident with the obvious reason that spiritual issues need to be addressed first to impact the physical transformation and restoration.

The government of Papua New Guinea also has its ideas of restoration for the region and the churches in AROB too also have their ideas of restoration. As a visitor with the CRMF’s vision to reach out to the remote parts of Papua New Guinea, I noticed that AROB as a region is a remote location in terms of technology for the Church. What this means is that for sixty years a training such as basic computing has never been offered to pastors and ministry leaders in AROB.

Pastors and ministry leaders from 20 different churches in AROB

Pastors and ministry leaders from 20 different churches in AROB and Solomon Islands

Pastor Albert Magoi said the current Basic Computer Training (BCT) in AROB is first of kind and it is by God’s direction and grace that it is happening this week. As the founder and principal of United Bougainville Training Center (UBTC) for training and rehabilitation of youths he said this training is God;s timing and supernatural things will happen. His focus is to restore traumatised youths affected by the Bougainville crises through teaching and training of various skills so that these youths can become useful members of their communities. Prior to the computer course Pastor Albert was in Panguna offering another of these training. So in this breath he sees computer training as a vital skill for all the pastors and ministry leaders in the region.

Back ground is a house where cult leaders would meet to decide which family would sacrifice their child.

Back ground is a house where cult leaders would meet to decide which family would sacrifice their child.

In October 2011 a “New Covenant” contract was declared by the President of AROB Dr. John Momis witnessed and signed by prominent Church leaders to activate a “vehicle” for churches and government to work together for peace and restoration in the region. Pastor Albert Magoi signed as the witness for “Bougainville God’s Kingdom Network” (BGKN).

The vision for BGKN is to mobilise the churches together so that God’s unity becomes a reality in each of the denominations with the common goal to establish God’s kingdom and its purposes rather than denominations in a Christian’s life.

We now see that each vision is given by God to each orgnisation in a different location for different purposes; he then connects the different organisations and individuals in his own timing for His purposes to reakised; that in short is how LTPNG team ended up in AROB.

On Sunday 24th April, Lina and I will join the 40 participants from different denominations to attend worship service at a place that was once known for its cult practices involving infant sacrifices. Just like Elijah and the prophets of Baal, the Lord used pastor Albert to challenge the cult leaders, who scummed  to God’s power and gave him the land to build the church.

Hahalis church in Buka replacing the the main headquarters for cult practices

Hahalis church in Buka replacing the the main headquarters for cult practices

I have shared this entire background story to paint a picture of how God is using technology to bring restoration to a person leaving in a traumatized region. I praise God for all the connections that led the CRMF team to link with Pastor Albert via the Basic computing course. As a former warlord during the crises and now a born again christian he has pledged to restore AROB with God’s kingdom message on behalf of his 25,000 brothers who fell in battle for their island.

As an organisation with the vision to offer technical help to churches we thank God for the opportunity to have direct connection with the spiritual voice under the banner of “God’s Kingdom Network.”

We as a team discovered it this week that the Lord in his goodness has allowed us (CRMF’s LTPNG) to do our little tiny bit so that he can use us to bring peace to the traumatized soul in AROB- only God can give peace to a troubled soul in whatever medium he selects; it may not be technology?

Thank you again for praying, you all are special connections as we shorten the distance from the mind to the heart especially a heart that has been affected by the civil war.  May God be glorified!

A beautiful pier connects the

Just as beautiful pier connects the owner to his boat, the power of the Word of God can connect a soul to its Master.

 

 

Saturday boat trip

With Solomon Island Pastors during a boat trip at the weekend


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Computer Skills for Bible Students by Ruruk

Bible student

Bible student

Since the Basic Computing training started most of our clients have been pastors and office personnel for the various churches. The recent one was offered for the students and staff of Four Square Life Bible College. The principal Pastor Joro said it is important for bible school students to learn basic computing skills because a modern pastor needs those skills.

He was very strict to the extent that if a student missed one session he or she would be excluded from the training. The presentations were delivered differently to the normal Learning Technologies delivery to coincide with the normal school lessons.

As usual most of the students have never touched a computer before and so it was start from scratch for most.

However, even though it was their first time, most of the participants worked hard to do the activities required to acquire the basic skills of computing.

Wendy (sponsor) took the computing course

Wendy (sponsor) took the computing course

The Life Bible College has a couple of financial sponsors who give toward the general expense of running the college. One such supporter decided to take the course too to sharpen up some of the basic skills. She also was able to help others close to her.

The principal expressed that these “Basic Computing Course” will become part of the college curriculum so that all students will graduate with computing skills on top of their regular bible related courses.

In support of making basic computing skills as part of Life Bible College curriculum, CRMF’s Learning Technologies has decided to make it happen by training one of their staff members. The Country leader for Learning Technologies PNG, Bryan Matthew stated that it is a great opportunity to train ourselves out of the job, so that in the long term the college has a person to teach basic computing skills.

Michael gave out the certificates

Michael with female student

Michael Wakefield, General Manager for CRMF who gave out the certificates to the course participants confirmed the move to train a Bible College staff on a three year term. No papers have been signed at this stage but the understanding is that Life Bible College will assign a staff member to be trained and mentored by the Learning Technologies in some the BCT’s occurring in the province (Eastern Highlands).

Ruth taking the course, she could be the person to be trained for Life Bible College

Ruth taking the course, she could be the person to be trained for Life Bible College

As a team we are excited that the Lord has given us an opportunity to impart necessary skills like basic computing to bible school students who will graduate as pastors. It is also a great opportunity to have a connection to a Bible college in the province and closer to CRMF for training and mentoring. We are excited because we can be able to train others who will in turn train others.

Thank you again for your support and prayers for the team to continue to offer this most needed training.

 

 


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WHY SHOULD WE PROVIDE? by Ruruk

Pastor Lapan learning to print from a usb stick

Pastor Lapan learning to print from a USB stick

Psalm 104 beautifully describes God as the creator who creates the world without moving a muscle. He commands and the great oceans move to their proper places and more accurately to hold within their boundaries! The same is for everything else as we see today because God made them to be. As we read through the verses of Psalm 104, Genesis chapter 1 becomes very clear and we slowly begin to grasp the purpose of the waters separating and land dividing and mountain rising and the list goes on until He creates a man in His own image. At this point, we are out of breath because we cannot fully comprehend the goodness and the greatness of what a loving God is providing for His creation!   And after we catch our breath from what is happening in Genesis we recover and look again in Psalm 104:16 – 17 to pick out our current purpose of why we should provide basic computing course for pastors in Papua New Guinea.

Verses 16 and 17 of Psalm 104 teaches us to reflect on the provision made for all creatures; just as God planted the cedars of Lebanon that provide a place for the birds to make their nests and the stock to make a home, we believe God has given us a unique ministry in Christian Radio Missionary Fellowship (CRMF) to provide technical help to the churches.

Rachael giving the certificate to Pastor Samuel who is the oldest of the participants

Rachael giving the certificate to Pastor Samuel who is the oldest of the participants

The synonym for “nest and home” in the context of Psalm 104:16-17 is “hub”. Rachael Wakefield in presenting the certificates to the Christian Apostolic Fellowship (CAF) pastors made this following statement; “We want CRMF to be seen as a hub that can provide help to the different churches that come to us”. Michael Wakefield made this statement when he officially welcomed the seven participants form Enga Province who made it to the second Basic Computing Training (BCT 2) “We are prepared to give our best to those who come to us for help”

The two above statements sum up why we want to continue to provide assistance in computer training and Bible storytelling to pastors from different churches.

CAF is one of our key partners whose focus is for the remote communities in Enga, Madang, Simbu and West New Britain Provinces. We have planned to do training with CAF in these provinces later this year. The leadership of CAF is excited with these plans that they decided to send two of their pastors to understudy our Learning Technology staff who are currently conducting a Bible Storytelling workshop in another venue.

Pastor Wayman Kati assisted by his wife and fellow participant Ruth to print his document.

Pastor Wayman Kati assisted by his wife and fellow participant Ruth to print his document.

In this training we were able to cover the saving of files on a flash drive and taking it to a printer to open the document and print it. We set up the printer in the training room so that each participant could actually save and print their individual documents.

We encouraged others to train their fellow participants in order to gain knowledge and confidence while helping others.

The participants also had training and demonstrations on how to prepare and present a sermon using the Microsoft Power Point Presentation 2010. They were also trained to connect their laptop to a video projector.

 

Pastor Steven Kungu with his presentation

Pastor Steven Kungu with his presentation

Pastor Steven Kungu was one participant who delivered a short sermon using Global Recording Network’s (GRN) pictures and Scripture. Pastor Steven was thrown out of school in his early school days because he could not read or write.

His supervisor Ps Wayman Kati was all praise for him because he jumped from being illiterate in the “paper world” to become computer literate in this training. He is one of the two pastors who are understudying Johnson and Nicholas at the Oral Strategy Workshop (OSW Read the details of this training in the next article.)

We thank the Lord for the partnership we share with CAF and ask your prayers for the rest of the training plans with CAF.

A special thank you to you all for supporting and praying for the ministry, just as God provided for all of our needs let us be considerate in helping others without losing sight of the bigger picture that God provides everything.

Judith providing lunch for the pastors

Judith providing lunch for the pastors


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THE PARTICIPANT by C. Ruruk

I started to write this article on the final day of the basic computing course for Madang Evangelical Brotherhood Church (EBC). This particular training brings the total number of BCT’s offered this year to nine. Four were cancelled or delayed due to conflicting dates of various churches with the 2015 LTPNG ministry plan. As a result we found ourselves in a situation of ongoing travel and training with a week and a couple of days in the office.

Women participants during night session

Women participants during night session

At this point in my typing I pause to thank God for all your faithful prayers which keep us going; phone calls and text messages from families and individual CRMF staff members.The Lord bless your heart for supporting the team while out in the field.

Thank you for all your moral support via the waves of technology. The continuous delivery has brought us to a point where the only strength to go on can only come from God. I reflect on the meaning of the words of Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” We are in no way like what Paul was going through when he inked this popular verse but the truth of this Scripture has helped us on many occasions to keep delivering.

Participants working on their own projects on the third day of training.

Participants working on their own projects on the third day of training.

 These courses have broaden my knowledge of the colossal need for basic computing skills for the faithful church workers in Papua New Guinea. Offering them within Goroka area and other Provinces like East Sepik, Madang and Enga paints a picture of the many that will need basic computing skills.
A scenario that has focused into view as we continue to conduct more and more courses is a term called “Technical Orphans”. The secular world has taped into this situation and is making money because it knows that computing skills is now a requirement for white collar employment.

Our technical orphans who participate in this course we offer are experienced church pastors and ministry leaders who are fruits of the spread of the Gospel here in our country. I believe many people will go to heaven because of these faithful workers who have walked the remote places of our country’s rugged terrain to preach the good news. The churches that LTPNG deals with know that the basic computing skill is now a needed tool for evangelism in today’s church. It is not a white or a blue collared job but a much higher employment known as “blessed feet” (Romans 10:15b As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 

A participant figuring out a comfortable way to handle the mouse pad

A participant figuring out a comfortable way to handle the mouse pad

Localization of church leadership in PNG has been the major contributing factor for “breeding” technical orphans (my observation). I am pretty sure that if a survey was to be conducted my observation would be accurate to some extent.

The second contributing factor is that our country is experiencing a rapid growth of gadgets that are necessary for fast and efficient way of doing business. We thank God that he has allowed us to handle His business in the same stride as the rest of the global village. Because PNG has become a global village overnight the urgency to train and equip pastors and ministry leaders is ever pressing.

Rapid typing Tutor program is also taught to help with typing skills

Rapid typing Tutor program is also taught to help with typing skills

The focus then is to make sure that all participants involved have a common goal and that is to see the Gospel of our Lord Jesus preached to everyone. You can be a participant to impact the ministry of the faithful pastors that attend the courses through prayer, giving, training and supporting in various ways.

Our mission is to keep on praying and giving as we train and equip “the participant” who will make an impact for the soul that needs saving.

 


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WHY DO THEY KEEP COMING BACK? by C. Ruruk

Participants learning the skills of PPP.

Participants learning the skills of PPP.

As I was beginning to write this article with the title of “Why do they keep coming back?” Bryan (my boss) walked in with information written on the palm of his hand. He then got me to write the contact address of Pastor Martin on the LT white board. Ps. Martin (Four Square Church) has requested for yet another BCT course!

The answer to the question is so obvious; they need the specialized skills for today’s church. I am writing this as BCT 2 is being delivered for the Association of Baptists World Evangelism (ABWE) here the CRMF’s Communications Training Room. We have total of 12 pastors, including three women who are participating. The highlight of this second course is the individual Power Point Presentations (PPP) which will be done tomorrow (the fourth day of the course). When we pick the pastor with the bright red jumper and ask him what he came to this particular training, this is what he said. “I have tried to put a power point presentation on my own and I could not do it. Now this training has assisted me greatly and now I can put one together!”

These women are into full time Women's Ministry.

These women are into full time Women’s Ministry

The three women in this current course are full time in Women’s Ministry in their Church. They shared that with a program like Power Point Presentation it will help them to effectively teach writing and word recognition using slides. They excitedly shared how they will use the skills learned by using pictures to teach children in their Sunday school classes.

With our female participants that have come through the training most of them are Sunday school teachers, vocational teaching staff and pastor’s wives who will assist their husbands with office administrative work. While the men are dominated by Pastors, Youth leaders with a lower percentage of church support workers.

So we ask again; “Why do they keep coming?” They all know what they want; to learn the needed skills to be able to be affected with today’s ministry environment. The week long training ended on Friday (25th September) with opportunity given for participants to present their work using the power point program. As trainers we were satisfied with the presentations and even really impressed with one pastor who delivered a powerful message using the slides he put together.

Preparing a ppp for presentation

Preparing a ppp for presentation

 

Judy doing her presentation

                                                                         Judy doing her presentation

In closing the training our LTPNG Country Manager Mr. Bryan Mathew reminded the participants again that the BCT is only an added tool for the pastors to continue to do the good work they are already doing. We all thank the Lord for another successful BCT course. Once again we thank you for you faithful prayers and the generous giving that continues to support the ministry.

Ladies during graduation lunch.

                               Ladies during graduation lunch.

Group photo

                                              Group photo


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Effects of BCT’s by C Ruruk

Lina busy with two new laptop computers

Lina busy with two new laptop computers at Wewak

At the end of every BCT we have a slot where participants ask general questions regarding computer training and the ministry of CRMF. One of the most asked questions is; “How can you help us buy computers for a good price?”

We always tell them that CRMF sells good quality computers with twenty percent discount for Church and pastors. We know that even with the twenty percentage discount, it is difficult for pastors and ministry leaders in the remote places to afford a good computer for ministry. In the recent BCT in Wewak for the Evangelical Brotherhood Church, we had 24 Think Pad Lenovo laptops for training with six pastors and Church support workers who had brought their own computers. The addition of six more personal computers enabled us to train 30 participants bringing the total number of pastors and ministry leaders trained so far to 235.

With three more new BCT scheduled for this year LTPNG could finish the year by training about 300 pastors; with the average intake of 20 participants per training. As we deliver training out in the field we see the delight of the participants during the training but the joy of graduation does not completely conceal the longing to own a computer. There is that sigh of longing to be able to own a computer and for most of them it would need a miracle to own a computer.

Lina checking the pastors

Lina checking out the EBC Goroka circuit pastors

I know that beyond the remote places of PNG there is place where good second hand computers can be obtained; and imagine a good second hand computer in the hands of the 200 plus pastors and ministry leaders that LTPNG has trained so far.

Our key emphasis in all the training is that computer training is only a tool to enhance the ministry experience of the pastors so that the Word of God can be preached effectively. Ephesians 4: 11-13 sets the bases for equipping the saints for ministry and the final attainment of Christ’s fullness.

We know that the training delivered is not only making an impact from the pulpit but also from the office of senior pastors and overseers of the different denominations that have come through the BCT courses; even the Goroka Pastors Fraternal office is benefiting from this needed training.

Every participant's dream to own a computer

Every participant’s dream; to own a computer

When we returned from Brugam (See story “Giving Removes Remoteness”) Lina had two brand new lap top computers to activate. The two happy owners are participants who took the BCT 1 conducted for EBC Wewak.

There will still be many who will need computers for ministry but few that have the means do not take chances.

Join us as we pray for the many remote pastors who have seen the tool and have learned the basic skills that will make an impact in their ministry; for opportunities to have a computer at their finger tips. For the Lord to open up the hearts of the congregation members to give towards buying of computers for their pastors and ministry leaders.

Again thank you so much for your support and prayers as we praise God for the positive effects of basic computing skills.


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GIVING REMOVES REMOTENESS by C.Ruruk

Our transport for the SSEC BCT

Our transport that took us 160 kilo meters to conduct the BCT for SSEC in Brugam

 What is the real definition of remote? The synonyms for remote are distant, isolated, inaccessible, far flung, far off, far away, secluded and out of the way; all these words sound boring and give the message of hopelessness. But then they also give us a clue of the antonym! There must be something within reach to contrast the distances, to have access for the inaccessible, within sight for the far off and having a primary focus rather than declaring it as out of the way.

What is the Wikipedia definition?

Remote: describes a geographical area where a community is located over 350 km from the nearest service center having year-round road access. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_and_isolated_community  

The above is a text book description of a remote community that closely describes the location for yet another Basic Computing course. After our EBC Wewak assignment (see story: Wewak by Fixing our Eyes on Jesus) we traveled a total of 320 kilometers round trip for this particular training. I assume the Wikipedia definition of the road access does not include the roads which are only accessible by four wheel drive vehicles, with changing of gears every 5 minutes to avoid a pot hole.

effects of El Nino on the floor of our training place

effects of El Nino on the floor of our training place

For this particular stretch which is halfway toward Maprik, I figured the longest time to travel high speed without shifting down was 5 minutes; the implication is that your 3 hour drive can easily become a 5 to 6 hour drive. Translate that into training hours in a remote community and it means that you do not have much time for training. Then you add the potential risk of electricity failure to power the computers and the overhead projector for power point presentations and you have a have a situation.

Night sessions

Night sessions: 6:30 – 10 pm

Our plan to travel to Maprik and into Brugam on a Saturday did not work out. We discovered that catching a bus in Wewak was different from the getting on one in Goroka. As a result we travelled on a Monday to our training venue which meant that we had only two days for training. The scheduled training was for the second basic computing course. This was the same Church denomination that we ran an introductory course in 2013 (See story on Stone Tablet)

Training laptops set up in a bush material classroom

Training laptops set up in a bush material classroom looks good in a bush setting

On Tuesday morning we discovered that most of the participants who attended the first training were not present which meant that we would now do a BCT 1 instead of 2. We quickly adjusted and taught both day and night sessions and so by 9 pm on Wednesday night we had successfully conducted 4 days of basic computing course.

We experienced the Lord’s control within that short period of time as we did what we could and the rest was up to the Him. The zeal for the participants to learn in such a short time motivated us to keep going even though we were tired.

We thank the Lord for wisdom to be sensitive when situations arose. We had a good learning experience when the generator that could not produce current. I decided to hand out A4 papers and got the participants to write down all the steps of what we were teaching them. The writing on paper must have lasted for about 4 hours and by the time the power came back on; they were able to follow the steps they have written.

Going through the steps for the participants to write

Going through the steps for the participants to write

During the final night session, the participants requested that I take them through the steps so that they could write them down. I realized then that this was a learning style they were familiar with, as most of them were students of the local Bible school. It made sense that with their written notes they could follow the steps when they have access to a computer. The training lap tops will be taken away but what they have written with remain with them. It was not a hopeless situation anymore; they were not remote in acquiring basic computing skills as Bible school students.

I learned a great lesson during this time that whatever the “remote” situation may be the wiliness to give and the hunger to receive can greatly rectify situations which seem remote, distant, far off, far away, far flung or out of the way.

Using own flash light to see the key board

Using own flash light to see the key board

We thank the Lord for the EBC Wewak Education Secretary; because he was willing to give his vehicle (Land Crusher) and his time the training venue which was 160 kilo meters away was not remote anymore! We thank the Lord for giving us the strength and putting His love in our hearts to go into Brugam to offer the training as we were thinking of cancelling the trip to the remote.

We thank the Lord for the Local Community School for giving us accommodation and a classroom to conduct the course. As a result the students had access to new skills.

The classroom that was given for the BCT training

The classroom that was given for the BCT training. A staff house was also offered for us to use

We were glad that we did go and experienced the true meaning of LTPNG’s goal of bridging the gap for the remote via technologies. We can only bridge that gap by being available and willing to give what we have so that the Lord will bring hope to hopeless situations.

We again thank the Lord for this special privilege to be a small part of what He is doing for the Churches in our nation in this technological era as we offer basic computing skills to those seen as out of the way people.

 


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WEWAK by FIXING OUR EYES ON JESUS – C. Ruruk

Hebrews 12:2a "Fix our eyes on Jesus

Hebrews 12:2a “Fix our eyes on Jesus”

 LTPNG’s latest Basic Computer training has been with the Evangelical Brotherhood Church (EBC) in Wewak. The request for this needed skills training to equip the pastors and ministry leaders for today’s church continues to be the main activity for the LTPNG personnel.

For the Evangelical Brotherhood Church (EBC) in Wewak this recent training is the first for the MOMASE region (Morobe, Madang and Sepik Provinces). The first 30 participants completed the course on Friday (4th September 2015) making way for more Basic Computer Training for the EBC pastors and ministry leaders in 2016 and beyond. The senior Pastor for EBC Wewak Pastor Joe Suai has already made plans to engage the LTPNG team for another two weeks in 2016. Pastor Joe stated that, “Besides men in ministry and leadership, there are many dedicated women pastors and ministry workers in our Church circuit and I will make sure that both men and women are equally represented in the next training. These next training will also involve teachers in the church’s education services program.

BCT sitting arrangement at EBC in Wewak

BCT sitting arrangement at EBC in Wewak using the new desks made by Edward (2nd front row)

 One of the major obstacles in conducting training in the remote areas is the furniture and so when available, proper sitting arrangement can be organized easily thus creating an environment for learning to take place. The church buildings are the natural choice as you will always find something to sit on. The church here in Wewak had the basics available for the team to prepared it for the course; moving the blackboard on wheels and covering it with white material, arranging the new desks and then completing it with flower pots.

The first morning started off with setting up computers and then having the participants to have their places according to their registration arrangements; a registered participant would have a LTPNG computer to do the course. This was then followed by participants who had personnel computers to find their places; now we were ready to do devotions and start off the course with 30 participants.

We have discovered that the registration process is ongoing and the due date is before the graduation day. Therefore the challenge is to work closely with the senior pastor to print the certificates making sure that all have registered for the training.

Front row participants

We had only 4 women participants in this course

Hebrews 12: 2a says that we are to fix our eyes on Jesus who is the source and the perfecter of our faith. The EBC church in Wewak has this beautiful Scripture on the front of their church. It is a great Scripture verse for encouraging the pastors to take up the new challengers of today’s technological era by fixing their eyes on Jesus.

Interestingly, spelling Wewak phonetically becomes “We work” so we bring it into the contents of conducting the BCT for the EBC pastors in Wewak becomes; “We work to gain knowledge of the basic computing skills by fixing our eyes on Jesus. We started the devotions by encouraging them from the words of Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:11 that Jesus personally gave the different gifts for ministry in the Church with the bottom line of building up the body of Christ toward attaining the full stature of Christ (4:13)

participants busy with training

Participants busy with training

 Pastor Vincent Navi who served in the urban Church 7 years ago reflected on the former days of type writers. He said, “I have been out serving in the remote places and technology has brought a computer to be a vital machine for ministry instead of a type writer. I am glad that I can be equipped to be competent for ministry in the changes that are taking place”.

Elder Andrew Kanawi expressed his gratefulness for the course by stating that he did not imagine that he would in this kind of course; he can see his children participating but not an older person like himself. He concluded by saying that it is only because of God’s grace that he can participant in this course for the ministry he is involved in.

Community Health Worker, Rorope Wangu all smiles

Community Health Worker, Rorope Wangu all smiles with a young supporter

A Community Health Worker (CHW) Mr. Rorope Wangu was all smiles after he received his certificate because as a health worker his knowledge of the basic computing skills will help him to monitor patient and drug figures. He said even though I do not fully understand all that was presented I have seen enough to know that the basic skills learned with really help me in my work.

This particular trip involved freighting 24 laptop computers, accessories and a video projector, making two connection flights via Lae and Madang. The good thing was that it was the same Airlines PNG (APNG) aircraft that took us from Goroka to Wewak. The major concern was that we had to pay a lot for the excess baggage for computers. Pray for wisdom for the team to check out flights available by different commercial and mission organizations so that computers can be transported economically and safely for training.

For Lina and I in Wewak, East Sepik Province, we survived the heat and enjoyed excellent hospitality by the EBC pastors and their families as we waited for the second part of the training with the South Sea Evangelical Church (SSEC) in Brugam.

30 participants that attended

                                        30 participants that attended

Something that really caught my attention on our assignment with EBC pastors in Wewak is the teacher student respect. The participants respected us so much that we did not have meals together; every meal was served separately for us. One evening I broke this respect tradition and invited a number of pastors for coffee; we had a great time listening to their ministry stories out in the outlaying jungles and rivers where even Wewak town does not hear about.

We had the WiFi Bible Box on during the duration of the course and the participants were able to download resources with ease; Tok Pisin Bible App is the hot item that all who had smart phones now got it on their devices.

Please pray that the Lord will allow and guide us to have the second BCT in 2016. Thank you again for faithfully praying and supporting which made it possible for CRMF to offer this most needed training.


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SIMPLE BUT LOADED by Caine

The training venue was the  EBC Church at Kompri, EHP.

The training venue was the EBC Church at Kompri, EHP.

 How do you manage 70 plus participants with 2 facilitators? The answer is you cannot properly facilitate a good story telling workshop with such a number and expect that everyone will understand it. Johnson and I decided to do the first things first; read the Bible and state the reason for the oral story telling workshop. We used Ephesians 4:11 – 12 to share what we wanted to do in a very short time. The original time was four days and then reduced to 2 days!

Our first point was that the gifts given to the Church for ministry were given by the Lord Jesus Christ himself (verse 11) In other words those who are involved in full time ministry are not strangers to Jesus. He exactly knows each person involved in ministry by name and the kind of need each person has in terms of ministry. Our second point was the purpose of each ministry; to equip the saints for ministry in order to build up the body of Christ. In conclusion Jesus himself is involved in calling and equipping his workers who will be effective in building up his body. So that all involved will be instrumental in helping others attain to the unity of the faith, have knowledge of Jesus as the son of God (13)

Small Group discussion time

Small Group discussion time

 We were humbled to realise that most of the 70 were not empty vessels for us to fill, that what we were about to teach was not a brand new knowledge that we were masters of; but just another tool to assist them in ministry. Now with this knowledge we started the training.

The traditional way to monitor small group is to allocate a mentor to each group so that the instructions from the main facilitator can be carried out. We were outnumbered by a large margin so Johnson and I divided the group in half so that at any one time we were each mentoring four groups of six people. By the end of the first hectic day we discovered a couple of people who got the feel of things and they assisted us to be in charge of their small groups; we concentrated on the groups that need more time from us.

We discovered that the important features of an Oral Strategy Workshop (OSW) that can make or block the teaching is the following; the biblical method using Nathan’s story in 2 Samuel 12:1-7, demonstrating the technique of telling a story and finally the 5 steps of telling a story and the 5 steps of asking questions related to the story.

As we do more OSW’s we are discovering more and more that the importance of orality and the statistics of reading verses listening is not so crucial for our kind of participants. They prefer to go right into the steps and do it right. As a result we spent more time to drill the steps and have them translate the steps into their language.

The feedback showed that they all understood the steps and they really want to have another course to perfect their knowledge of the steps. Deacon Tom Nakambi did a family Bible study after the first day and his small group was amazed at how he could clearly explain the Scriptures for them to understand; for them it was a new approach and they loved it. He later shared that he was tempted not to tell them that he picked up the method from the OSW training.

Deacon .... making a point during discussion time

Deacon Tom Nakambi making a point during discussion time

A Sunday School teacher stated that this method was a perfect one for them and he thanked the Lord that he was able to participate and learn the steps; he wished all the other teachers could come to learn this new and exciting way of sharing Bible stories.

A Pastor reflected on the way he had been preparing sermons; “I have been preaching with only half knowledge of the whole story in in the Scriptures and so when it came to applying it to life, it did not really impact my listeners. Now I know that I must really know the story by heart so that when I preach and make application to life it will make sense to my congregation members”.

Francisca Ainu with her certificate at graduation. She is one of those who want to become an OSW trainer.

Francisca Ainu with her certificate at graduation. She is one of those who wants to become an OSW trainer.

Fifty people requested for the training to be done again because the approach of storytelling is what they needed in their ministry and they want to make sure that they remember it well by participating again. Eleven participants gave in their names as volunteers to be trained as OSW trainers. They all indicated that they love the way it is being done and want to train others to use it for their Church.

The plan then is to bring in the eleven two days before the actual workshop to prepare them for the next batch of participants. The overseer of the EBC Kompri Circuit Pastor Tukana said this time we had 70 participants but we expect over 100 for the next training.

Ps Tukana, overseer of EBC Kompri Circuit receiving his certificate from Bryan.

Ps Tukana, overseer of EBC Kompri Circuit receiving his certificate from Bryan.

 

Pray that the LT team will have enough personnel to help mentor the small groups and spend enough time make sure that all know how to use the steps. We praise God for the record number of 70 who attended the OSW and we look forward to many more that the Lord will bring for this exciting training.

The next group of Kamano speakers will use the steps which were translated by the 55 Kamano speakers that attended the first OSW.

Another opportunity for participants to download free bibles from the CRMF WIFI Bible Box.

Another opportunity for participants to download free bibles from the CRMF WIFI Bible Box.

I used my mobile phone to share the reason for the workshop from Ephesus 4:11-13 at the start of the workshop. By the end of the day we had participants requesting for bibles on their mobile phones.

The 70 Participants with their certificates.

The 70 Participants with their certificates.