Dave’s Own Biblebox – by Dave Rogers, MAF pilot

Dave’s Own Biblebox – by Dave Rogers, MAF pilot

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What’s so exciting about a cheap plastic toolbox? Well it’s what we use to store bibles and other Christian resources to take to sell in the communities we visit.

We heavily subsidise them to reduce the costs to something they can afford. To this point I haven’t had my own, so have only been able to carry them when there has been a spare one around.

So I’d been meaning for a while to get one of my own to carry around wherever I go.

Ande was the first community I got the opportunity to pull out my new bible box. And one lady really took it upon herself to help me sell all of them all. She was so excited about the low price we were selling them for (according to her, half that of what they sell them for even in major towns where supply is easy).

So she literally began to spruik them to the gathered community and was sprinting up and down the airstrip to the different huts gathering people. It was touching to see each person come up gradually to have a look and buy one – I’d try to imagine how many people that each one was going to impact. 

I also had some solar powered audio bibles with me. One man who had purchased one told me of how excited he was to be able to share it with his mother, who could not read, and would now be able to listen to it whenever she pleased.

In the end they cleaned me out of everything I had and asked me to make sure the next time I return I bring more, and tell them in advance so they can gather surrounding communities.

I wasn’t expecting to have to restock so soon, but that’s a nice problem to have!

Ministry Oil

Ministry Oil

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I have a habit of applying cooking oil to hinges of doors of pastor’s houses, church doors and doors of buildings where training is done. Most of Learning Technologies basic computer trainings for the last five years have been held either in the church building or a central building of a particular church or organization.

I have developed this habit to the extent that I actually listen for that squeaking sound!

This last five years of helping pastors and ministry leaders learn the basic skills to use computers for ministry has taught us that we play a pivotal role to teach them computer skills basically because computer has now become the main tool in any workplace. Our task then is to help the pastor to be effective in ministry. We want to be seen as a drop of oil to help the church to be effective in bringing the Good News to the lost.

This last five years of helping pastors and ministry leaders learn the basic skills to use computers for ministry has taught us that we play a pivotal role to teach them computer skills basically because computer has now become the main tool in any workplace. Our task then is to help the pastor to be effective in ministry. We want to be seen as a drop of oil to help the church to be effective in bringing the Good News to the lost.

Elsie Manato is one of the participants that discovered the potential of a computer during this training. She said she has seen and used a computer before but never discovered its true worth until the team took them through the basics of Microsoft Word, Power Point and Excel programs. Her first priority now is to get a computer to use for ministry because she now has the knowledge she lacked before.

For the veterans of the pulpit like Pastor Peter Vincent (Foursquare Church) and Pastor Frank Runtiko, Assemblies of God, they came up with very good sermons using power point slides. Just like I was alluding to at the start, we spend very little time with pastors and ministry workers who have been in the field for many years. They are full of experiences that the Lord taught them over the years of faithful service and so it is an honor and special privilege to be able to offer the little help for the vitality of the ministry.
Noga Mamuti who serves at the Foursquare Church as a Church Councilor said, “I am glad I attended this training because I personally learned two important things. Firstly, the general knowledge of what the computer can do for the ministry of the church and as a council member I can help make decisions in line with technology for spreading the Good News of our Lord Jesus.” I asked him what the second thing was and he said, he can play music in the Microsoft Power Point program, now as a 52 year old, that is something!

This training was answered prayer for Rev. Ewana Zacharias of United Church in Kainantu when an invitation from Pastor Peter to attend the basic computer training was given to him. He had a new laptop computer but was using it only on “first gear”.

He added that this training is educational and even though it is only two weeks, I have learned enough to manage my work (MS Word), my sermons can be seen and heard with greater chances of impact (MS PPP) and good and accurate record of congregation members and their Spiritual growth and needs, proper record of tithes and offerings and proper presentation of Church finances (MS Excel)

Pastor Michael Willie of AOG is very thankful for Pastor Peter of Foursquare who organized the training to extend it to the Body of Christ in Kainantu. Pastor Michael had a computer, a printer and a projector but he lacked the knowledge to fully utilize them for ministry. Again that is a good picture of the little help that we can freely offer to equip the saints for ministry (Ephesians 4:12)

We thank you all for your prayers and support for this successful basic computer training which involved all four of our Learning Technologies staff. This training involved good team work and safe travel by road.

As trainers for this first basic computer training for this year we give glory to God for the host church (Foursquare) to promote the spirit of unity among the members of the Body of Christ in Kainantu by extending the training to other church denominations.

As a result of this gesture by Foursquare, the CRMF team now has more opportunities to assist more churches to spread the Good News in our lovely country, especially in Kainantu.

What CRMF Does: (Part 2) WIFIBible

What CRMF Does: (Part 2) WIFIBible

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CRMF’s tagline is Tech for the Church. One of our goals as a ministry is to create appropriate technological solutions to share the gospel. The WIFIBible is a small wireless router that does just that. What’s a router? A router is a small device that sends out a WIFI signal, so anyone can connect to the internet. But this router is special. Its signal doesn’t cost any credit/money to connect. People can connect automatically to the WIFIBible website and download any of our material that they want

WIFIBible contains many different Christian resources that can help people in their Christian life. It contains gospel music, the Bible in 200 Papua New Guinean languages, Jesus film, evangelistic material, videos,  and mobile apps. How does this device help the people of PNG?

The WIFIBible on the Bus

The WIFIBible is installed on some of the PMV (Public Motor Vehicle) buses which travel on the main Highway between Lae – Madang – Mt.Hagen. The buses that are equipped with the WIFIBible can be recognized by the WIFIBible stickers on the front and the side of the bus. The passengers traveling on the Highway bus can access the resources while traveling to their destinations!

The WIFIBible on the Plane

MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) planes in Papua New Guinea are equipped with the WIFIBible. As MAF serves some of the most remote areas in PNG, even the isolated people will benefit from the WIFIBible. The device on the plane is battery powered and is switched on while the cargo is off-loaded at an airstrip in the remote areas.

The WIFIBible in the Bush

We have now developed a solar-powered WIFIBible that can be run in remote bush locations. Setup in a pastor’s house, a church building, or anywhere even if there is no power grid!

The WIFIBIble at Schools:

We installed a WIFIBible at the local Goroka high school. The principal of the school discussed with us his concern of the students viewing negative and destructive material on their phones and that he wanted to offer them a better alternative. Now students can download good Christian music and content any time they’re at school, then go home and share it with their family and village.

The WIFIBible is also located at different churches and bookstores all around Goroka area. To learn more about the WIFIBible, visit their website. http://wifibible.org/