We Show Without Telling

We Show Without Telling

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A4 print out that Pastor Alice Luma used in her House Fellowship (Christian Life Center, Goroka)

“CREATIVE MINDS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN KNOWN TO SURVIVE ANY KIND OF BAD TRAINING”.

~Anna Freud~

Our training is basic but in the hands of seasoned pastors and ministry workers it becomes a tool to save a soul.

“YOU CANNOT TEACH A MAN ANYTHING, YOU CAN ONLY HELP HIM FIND IT WITHIN HIMSELF”.

~Author unknown~

These training has helped me to understand that a human being created by God is loaded with potential, all it needs is a motivational and a purposeful touch at certain areas at certain times to become what is was made for.
The purpose of our basic computing training is to equip the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God – a mature person, attaining to the measure of Christ’s full stature.

So we are no longer to be children, tossed back and forth by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching by the trickery of people who craftily carry out their deceitful schemes. But practicing the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ, who is the head. From him the whole body grows, fitted and held together through every supporting ligament. As each one does its part, the body grows in love.

EPHESIANS 4:12 – 16

We want to be seen as making an impact on the questions and challenges that Apostle Paul highlights in Romans 10: 13 – 15. “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How are they to call on one they have not believed in? And how are they to believe in one they have not heard of? And how are they to hear without someone preaching to them? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How timely is the arrival of those who proclaim the good news.”

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We thank the Lord for our participants who are seasoned preachers and so our goal is to assist the Church to deliver what they know in a different format.
Pastor Alice Luma developed her Power Point Presentation during class time on Thursday (7th July 2016) and in the evening used the printed out A4 sheets to preach at her “House Fellowship” time with other women in her cell group.
She was really excited as she shared about her evening experience; her audience were “captured by the pictures” on the paper and as she shared from the Scriptures they fully understood that God really loved each one of them.

Just like in other training we have experienced, the participants in their creativeness use their own initiative to start using what they pick up in class as soon as an opportunity comes. We continue to be blessed with Power Point Presentations during devotion times and appreciation speeches during graduation time.

Here are some of the samples from different participants from different courses.

CLC sample

The participants are full of joy and excitement because they have learned the skill of inserting Church logos and developing letterheads for their denominations.
They are all smiles when they hold a printed copy; the work of their fingers!
On a higher level some have developed teaching resources on various themes or topics.
One participant went ahead and developed a presentation to introduce each participant as they came forward to receive their certificates.
We again thank the Lord for the prayers and support of everyone involved to point the saints to the work they have been called for.

Foursquare sample

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

As trainers and facilitators we continue to be blessed as we see pastors who have never used a computer in their life to produce professional material with a goal to win souls for Christ.
We have have experienced the success of these training because of the the grace of God and the perpetual guidance and help of the Holy Spirit, he is always our strength when we are in need.

The Unspoken, Hidden and Most Needed Training

The Unspoken, Hidden and Most Needed Training

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Heating the stones for “mumu”

There is a saying; “Where there is fire there is smoke” I have experienced it being used in a negative context where someone tried to cover up for a mistake. We all know that any wrong committed under the sun cannot be covered up completely, someday it will be revealed! Just as a smoke is an evidence of the presence of a fire, my smoke is an evide of yet another successful basic computing course.
This time it was held at Gaupa Four Square Church for both Western Highlands and Jiwaka pastors. Learning Technologies PNG staff has not conducted training in these two provinces before and so it was a great opportunity to deliver this training.

Pastor Saina with her first print job

The training was embraced with open arms by the participants that the Foursquare Western Highlands Provincial Overseer, Pastor Saina Berry, described it as the unspoken, hidden and the most needed training for modern pastors.
Pastor Saina who travels overseas for speaking engagements and conferences said the one important thing mission in her ministry and business life was the computer skills. She joked that the LTPNG staff were sent to deliver this training only for her.
As facilitators, we saw the hunger for training as pastors spent long hours to get as much as possible in the two weeks we were there. We are finding it a custom for participants to sleep at the classroom for security for the equipment but more importantly to spend time on a computer. The inclusion of a portable printer onto our packing list is working wonders for the participants. The excitement of holding a finished printed document is awesome! I have heard “hallelujahs” in a church service so many times but to hear it as a result of a printed document is something else! Hallelujah!
Yes for you computer natives, the process of printing out your document from a flash drive is a process done without much thinking.
For our participants, it is indeed a great undertaking to save a document from a folder in the training computer to a flash drive and then print it out from another computer hooked up with a printer.
Now translate it into a pastor’s ministry life in a remote Papua New Guinea setting and it amounts to time and money.
Participants who did not want to have a break!
Pastor Hannah Solomon working on her ppp
For instance if a pastor jumps on a public transport with plans to print and distribute a church program while in town but has not saved it properly on a flash drive, time and money and opportunity to distribute is wasted.
The above scenario makes BCT a unique training to equip pastors to work with what
they have in their different situations. We praise God for the feedback that pastors doesn’t queue up to get their programs typed for them because they can type their own programs!
That is why we need to be sensitive to train them to use whatever is available in their locality. Our current advice to pastors is to save to buy computers for their ministry because we see what they can produce during the training.
First ppp slide shown by Ps Roy
This particular graduation was held in the evening and the night experience was very special to us.
I can still remember the loud applause by the church members, family and friends as the participants used the skills learned to preach and show slide show using the power point program.
We thank the Lord for everyone involved to put this training together, especially Deo Mondo (CRMF Electronics Technician) who had a heart to extend BCT to the pastors in Jiwaka and Western Highlands Province.
The appreciation gifts and love offering was given with such generosity and appreciation to match their need for such a training.
Preparing the pig for mumu

Delicious graduation meal

In closing, I thank God in the words expressed by Pastor Paul Kaumb (Foursquare Overseer for Jiwaka Province) who pointed out that it was the first time for pastors from both provinces to come together since its separation. Thank you Lord that in you we have unity!
BCT participants
Gaupa Foursquare Church, Baisu WHP