Connect Expo 2018!

Connect Expo 2018!

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Welcome to Connect Expo 2018!

The buzz of people’s voices filled the air in the auditorium of Christian Leaders Training College (CLTC). All different church denominations and ministries were together. People gathered in groups discussing the topics presented that morning by our keynote speakers. The annual Connect Expo was happening!

What is Connect Expo?

At Connect Expo, our aim is to encourage communication and partnership between the churches, as well as the churches and other ministries. By bringing different church denomination’s leaders and many ministries to a one-week conference, there is a tremendous opportunity to grow in unity.

 Our Key Note Speakers

Dr. Ray Bartell (a missionary in PNG for 5 yrs.) spoke on ‘Governance for Change’. It was exciting to have someone who has studied this topic in depth. He didn’t bring a western system to be implemented in the PNG churches, rather with his knowledge of PNG he identified and explained governance that directly applies to the cultural values and makes sense! Governance (board and leadership structure), being a weakness in many organizations and churches, made this topic crucial for us participants.

Andrew Kwimberi, another of our keynote speakers, has a background in law and currently is involved as a member of Judicial Committee on Alternate Dispute Resolution. Andrew impressed on us that change in the country starts with the churches “and then goes down to Port Moresby and the government.” It was a good reminder that every prime minister, judge, etc. has had a pastor and/or mentor. And that pastor and mentor has tremendous influence.

What happened?

The days started off bright and early at 7:45 with a devotion led by CLTC. The mornings were full of discussion times and sessions presented by our key speakers all around the theme of ‘Leading with Skill and Integrity’. Mealtimes were a great time for church and ministry participants to have further discussions around great food and steaming cups of coffee and tea.

After lunch, workshops began. The workshops offered a time of smaller group discussion and learning about practical topics such as:

  • Biblical Stewardship and Report Writing
  • The Mission of God
  • Technology in Ministry
  • Sanguma Accusation and How the Church Will Respond
  • Walking With God With Our Whole Hearts
Each evening had a different activity after dinner:

  • Learning about the diffferent resource groups (ministries and organizations that support the church) and the services they offer
  • Viewing ‘Senism Pasin’, a movie about domestic abuse and how we can make a difference
  • Specific discussion time with topics chosen by the participants
Each church and ministry were given two USB sticks full of Christian resources and audio recordings of the lectures and workshops from Connect. We pray these resources will be shared from one person to another all over PNG.
“Connect is a gathering where all churches can come together. It’s a chance to learn many good things not just from the speakers, but from each other also.” Rev. Dr. William Longgar

Principal of CLTC, Christian Leaders Training College

Are you interested in the next Connect Expo 2019?

Give us your contact information and we will email you when the next Expo will come up. (see Contact Page) Also, you can follow the Connect Expo Facebook page for updates!

What Does the Bible Say About Connecting?

Can our bodies function effectively when we are missing members, like our fingers and legs? Paul likened the church to the body and stated we all members of the body (church) of Christ. Each of us are different, but we also can’t function well without the other parts of the body.

When it comes to church why do we think we are different and can do everything on our own?

Eph: 4:16 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Romans 12:4  4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function.  

1 Corinthians 12:12-13 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

Unity is more than just not fighting with each other, it’s working together and being a part of each other’s lives. Ultimately, we have the same vision and goal. Imagine how much more effective we would be if we communicated and worked with each other.

Psalms 133:1 1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

NEW ARMAMENT TO KNOCK EVERY HOME

NEW ARMAMENT TO KNOCK EVERY HOME

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Three main resources used for TechMin Workshop – PDF handout, laptop and mobile phone

Jesus promised that he will be us till the end of the age. This is a wonderful promise and as Christians, we are glad of this promise that Jesus is forever with us. Ok fine Jesus is with me where ever I am, however when I go back in this same verse I discover the commandment to “teach them everything”. Hold on – was teaching part of the deal for Jesus to be always with me? Maybe, if my work involves teaching, what if my work does not involve teaching? Let me go back one more verse and really understand this promise by Jesus. Straight away I bump into this; “Baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit” – ok there is more than meets the eye of having the knowledge that Jesus had promised to be with me!

Small group work

In the context of the Great Commission and someone out in the field fulfilling the great commission, it is more assuring, relevant and closer to the heart than someone like me in a CRMF office in Goroka. In general yes Jesus through the Holy Spirit is with me where ever I am, but the promise of Jesus may not have the same intensity as one who is knocking on every home in PNG with a goal to share the Good News.
My team’s work at CRMF does not involve the baptizing part but a little bit of indirect teaching and assisting those who are directly involved in teaching to be effective to what and how they teach. Effective in the sense of being able to utilize appropriate technologies available to make an impact to today’s generation, to be effective in sharing the Good News with technologies available and sharing via Social Media of what the Lord is doing in the remotest part of our country.
As a team we praise God that he brought Every Home for Christ (EHC) PNG across our training path in March 2017 to conduct a basic computing skills training for their missionaries. EHC has an eight month Discipleship Training School (DTS) to train nationals to be sent out to the different parts of the country to serve as missionaries.  Again this year we were with them to conduct Technology for Ministry workshop as part of their training for their new batch of DTS students.
After the basic computing skills training debrief and course evaluations last year, the CRMF team and the leadership of EHC agreed that a Technology for Ministry (TechMin) training would be more appropriate for EHC missionaries. As a result the TechMIn workshop for EHC was a successful one because we delivered what the missionaries and their director wanted; a training that addresses the needs that a EHC missionary in the filed would need.

EHC Direcctor Rev. Aaron Nikkie participating in the workshop

The director for EHC PNG, Pastor Aaron Nikkie’s ongoing desire is to have good reports that were coming in from the regions to be captured as good audio, video and photos to display the impact of ministry in PNG.

Also on an international EHC world, it would be a professional way to present what the Lord is doing in PNG to other EHC centers in the world. One of the regional coordinator who took both the basic computer and the TechMin course said that short videos clips are a great way to tell stories in our oral culture when evangelizing or setting up inroads to do discipleship work.

He added that video clips that they develop will have the same effect when we share clips or audio recordings of testimonies that the Lord brings about in the outreach program.
With the needs as expressed by the director and a regional coordinator, the team’s job is made easier because we have fair knowledge of what EHC wants and have collected a number of resources and mobile apps to assist EHC with their goal to reach every home.

Small group participation consisted of two main areas; of developing media and selecting appropiate strategy to share the media produced.

The applications and notes used in the training to produce media include Audicity, Wavepad, Open Camera, AudioVideo Factory, Filmora, MovieMaker and the PDF document titled “Mobile Ministry Made Easy”. Whats App, Texting, Bluetooth, CShare, Shareit and a couple more were used to share media. A Mini FM Radio station was also demonstrated as a channel for shaing media.

Ps. Bonny trying out the FM station

We commend the nationals who have answered the call to be missionaries in their own country with the challenge of the rugged terrain and the 800 plus cultures and belief systems with all the other daily challenges of life in a country like PNG. Now given that situation, the promise of Jesus’ presence becomes a solid foundation to keep on going when times are rough.

We are privileged that even though our team may not go but we will continue to be part of EHC’s yearly DTS training with a very specific goal. The goal is to train the missionaries to be equipped so that they can capture testimonies out in the field with decent quality and give quality audio, video and pictorial reports and testimonies of what the Lord is doing to the director and the staff at headquarters in Mt Hagen.

All these can be done using mobile phones; and that is what the team did at the recent TechMin workshop at Every Home for Christ base in Hagen.

LTPNG BUILDS WINDMILLS

LTPNG BUILDS WINDMILLS

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Markham river bed heading toward Awan
“When the winds of change blow, some seek shelter, others build windmills”Chinese Proverb

In the last five years of conducting various workshops for churches and missions organization in the country the CRMF Learning Technologies team have come in contact with different leaders. These are man and woman leaders who have the zeal to make a difference in their area of ministry.

Since the introduction of technology in Papua New Guinea, these leaders we have worked together with have embraced technology for the purpose of equipping their workers for ministry. Most of them have humbled themselves and admitted their lack of skills and the lack of knowledge of the appropriate tools available to be effective in today’s generation.
These are the leaders who have identified the winds of change and have decided to build wind mills! We have also heard about the negative respond for utilizing technology for ministry because of its negative influence of internet pornography and other social problems related to the wrong use of Social Media like Facebook. These would be the leaders taking shelter from the winds of change with the sad fact that opportunities for ministry are passing by.
Pastor Willie preaching at a Youth Camp 2017
As technology for the Church in PNG, the Lord has helped us to work very closely with such leaders who are prepared to build wind mills. This working relationship fits in perfectly with our key Scripture that we often use at the beginning of all our workshops; Ephesians 4:12. for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ. This can be done in many creative ways.
Agape Bible School students and Awan youths playing volleyball and being exposed to the Gospel.
Through these years it has been a good Bible verse to explain the purpose and the vision of the training we desire to deliver. In the context of the Chinese proverb, we thank the Lord for the leadership of CRMF to recognize the “winds of change” and steer the team toward embracing the vision of being the technology for the church thus the delivery of basic computing skills to pastors and ministry leaders. As strong advocates for using technology for ministry, we are grateful for these leaders of the different churches and mission organizations who have opted to integrate the use of technology in their ministry plans, especially with training and equipping of their workers.
This has made our job easier by spending less time to do awareness and more time to adapt courses to meet the specific needs. “Technology for Ministry” is the direct result of working together with churches and ministry leaders who are willing to embrace technology for ministry and CRMF’s ability and competence to offer training as requested.
Lutheran Renewal Church’s Agape Bible College in Mutzin, Markham District was the first attempt by the team for this new training. The goal of TechMin workshop is to have the participants know the state of mobile internet and the options for ministry in the country. This is done by comparing the stats from the global, regional (Asia Pacific) and local level (PNG). With the knowledge of the opportunities available, they learn about the strategies that other countries are using to do ministry and select or adapt some of these strategies for their own ministry environment.
Pastor Saling, staff of Agape Bible on air during FM session.
The major part of this particular segment consists of selecting strategies that could work, collect appropriate apps and resources and trial various strategies to share media developed. The Mini FM Radio station was also demonstrated to give exposure to the participants as another strategy to share information and other resources.
Although it was the team’s trial attempt, the community of Awan, where the Agape Bible College is located did not see this as a trial but an opportunity and an honor to launch the new training. It was indeed a launch because the leaders of Awan community requested that the training be put on hold until a proper “Markham Welcome” was done to recognize the team as special guest to the community and more importantly the new training to be happening in their own community.
Carolyn & Lina at the welcome meal
For the director and founder of Agape Bible College, Pastor Willie, the TechMin training was a very significant event to help his people see the importance of having a Bible college in their community; and as a result attract an organization like CRMF to work together to build up the college.

As facilitators for the first ever TechMin workshop we thank the Lord for Director and staff of Agape Bible College, Awan Community, Bible School students and other participants who took this training. We have learned a lot from this workshop to help us prepare better for the second TechMin with Every Home for Christ.

Yes we are grateful for those leaders who are sensitive to the winds of change so that together we can build windmills to the ultimate goal of equipping the saints for the work of ministry.

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