Same Stomach

Same Stomach

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The classroom for the DTS program
Every Home for Christ (EHC) is a mission organisation dedicated to the great commission. Its vision is to reach every home for Christ in Papua New Guinea.

EHC PNG is based in Mt Hagen, Western Highlands Province with its core mission to train Papua New Guinean missionaries and allocate them to different regions of the country.

The director for EHC PNG, Pastor Aaron Nikkie, had requested the Basic Computer Training (BCT) in 2016, but this didn’t work out, however in March 2017, MAF’s Learning Technologies staff became involved to start off the years curriculum for their Discipleship Training School with the Basic Computing Course. Pastor Aaron was so happy and grateful that his vision to include computer training as a possible part of the DTS training has now became a reality.

The BCT itself lasted for two weeks with Lina Tomagau as the main trainer and with Brain Ward and Caine assisting her for a week each.

EHC participants for the basic computing course

The students come from all provinces in PNG to go through the DTS program. Due to tribal conflict the original site which hosted the DTS program was moved to a residential area.

I learned that the current site is a residential area for Pastor Aaron’s wife Roselyn Nikkie who willingly turned it into a venue to continue to deliver the DTS program.

I learned that the current site is a residential area for Pastor Aaron’s wife Roselyn Nikkie who willingly turned it into a venue to continue to deliver the DTS program.
The family poultry project houses were adapted into dormitories and a temporary classroom was constructed to continue to have students train for mission outreach work. The LT training staff had the opportunity to meet students form East Sepik, Hela, West New Britain, Central and Western Highlands. A couple of participants who took the basic computing course were team leaders from the regions.

Mr. Zibah Areni traveled from Alotau to Mt Hagen (823km by plane) just to participate in the computing course, said he is very happy to have come a long way to have this basic training because, ” I see a lot of potential for a person in my position to use computer skills for ministry. With this kind of training and the times we are living in I find it helpful to equip me to carry out the vision for EHC in the region I serve.”

First print job, their own work

Every training is different in terms of participants needs and so some extra sessions were offered by the team to meet those specific needs.

These are needs not on the normal BCT curriculum that CRMF delivers to pastors. As a result of the two weeks spent with EHC the team sees opportunities that Lord willing would develop into longer periods of working and sharing together in the future.

Because of the same focus of reaching the remote people groups with the Word of God via tracks, audio bibles, there is a very strong possibility to work more together so that our remotest people can be reached.
A back translation of Tok Pisin word for “Wan Bel” into English becomes “Same Stomach” In other words, we (CRMF/MAF)  have the same vision with Every Home for Christ to reach the remote people groups for Christ, be it tracks,missionaries,micro sd cards, flash drives, solar powered players, whatever resources as long as “Wan Bel stap long kisim tok bilong Bikpela i go long lain long bik bus.(we have the same vision and willing to work together to reach the remotest people groups with God’s word)

Part of the main Highlands Highway becomes one lane as a result of the landslide.

Because it was a residential place construction is ongoing, I had a privileged to have helped after classes to level this section of the ground for students mess hall.

“We know that CRMF, MAF and EHC and many other organisations exist to reach people groups with the Good News, the path may not be clear but the vision must be crystal clear just as Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:19 – 20″.

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Xing Stone Age

Xing Stone Age

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Daniel was one of the first to meet Gerhard, went to be with the Lord in January 2017

 Two weeks ago, a missionary walked into our office loaded with stories about people who have lived in the stone age era yet have had opportunities to experience God’s grace. They heard the Gospel by hearing the Scriptures from the MegaVoice Solar powered players and made life changing decisions. No wonder Gerhard Stamm could not stop talking about these people group and I could not stop grinning even after I saw him off with 20 more Envoys units, he had given away what he had! He always gives away!
Gerhard and Brigitta Stamm serve under Liebenzell Mission International and serve here in Papua New Guinea with the South Sea Evangelical Church (SSEC). His stories cover the people group who live in the boarders of Enga and East Sepik Provinces in the April River Region.

April River region

Some years ago he (Gerhard) was invited by the people of April River to visit Bikaru community on one of his ministry trips. During this visit a certain old man called Daniel caught his attention, because he was clearing his gardening area with a stone axe.
Yes Daniel had a stone axe in his hand and his nose had two flying fox bones sticking out at both ends. Gerhard gave him an audio bible (Ambassador) as a gift. Daniel learned to speak Tok Pisin as a result of listening to the Audio Bible and pretty soon he became a believer. The last time that Gerhard visited him was in December 2016 and in January this year, Daniel went away to be with his Lord.
We praise God for the technology of Bibles in audio format for God to reach out and touch our Stone Age people. Daniel was saved by listening to the Word of God from the solar powered audio player.
We are excited for our partners like Gerhard and Birgitta Stamm who are willing to walk 2days (1 day for locals) to provide opportunities so that the Word of God can reach the lost people groups living in the remotest places in our country.

The yellow pin marks the region where Gerhard and Birgitta give away audio bibles to the people who have lived both worlds.

Daniel went through two Audio Bible Units because he always used it and his favorite statement when Gerhard had time to visit him was, “I will never turn my back on Jesus”.
Gerhard Stamm with a former stone age man
Gerhard commend Lina and the team for making these resources available so that people out in the remotest parts of PNG can know about the love and the grace of God by listening to the audio bible.

It is indeed amazing that God’s grace is free and the Bible testifies that truth beyond doubt and in that same breath of grace he made technology as one of many facets to tell of his love to everyone including this particular people group that have lived in both worlds. God is indeed amazing!

Gerhard also shared about Joe who is an educated person but went blind and felt that his (Joe) education was useless to him as a blind person. When he heard the Word of God via the Envoy unit he exclaimed, ‘Dispela Buk em stret’ (This book tells the truth). ‘I know I cannot see but what I am hearing is so true’
He also shared about an old paralyzed man in the Wario River whose eye lit up when he saw and heard the audio bible. And Gerhard was still telling stories but he had to go… the twenty units he took with him will have another 20 new stories the next time he walks into the office.
Please join me as we praise God for missionaries like Gerhard and Brigitta who can give their time, their life to a people group who were never their own but by the love and the grace of God they can be part these people group.

Joe is almost blind but he had good ears to hear and know the truth

Stamms with the Bikaru people, who own a lot audio bible units

Thank you for all your prayers and support because without you we cannot reach the blind, the crippled and the Stone Aged. We are all reminded again of God’s word that does not return empty; he is faithful to His own Word, so let us be encouraged with what little we can do, an extra mile we can go, a new challenge we can face and help tell someone about the love and the grace of God. Jesus Christ is risen indeed let us tell those who have not heard yet!