APPOINTED CONNECTIONS

APPOINTED CONNECTIONS

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It is interesting how connections are made, connections that develop and blossom into real opportunities to make a difference in ministry. The Lord set up his connection with Moses in a surrounding that drew him away from his normal chore of caring for the sheep. A meeting that basically changed the cause of history for Israel as God’s chosen people and the pagan pyramid nation of Egypt.
Throughout the Bible we can discover the planned meetings set up by the Lord, take place in the lives of different people; Gideon on the threshing floor, Balam on a donkey and Namaan at the Jordan River and so on into the New Testament era where the Lord planned to meet Saul on the road to Damacuss.
Each of us has different situations and circumstances of how we came to be where we are today. For most of us there was no burning bush or lighting or some other mysterious miraculous experience but we all have our connection points premeditated by the Lord. So whether it is a ministry connection or a personal encounter, the Lord is in charge. He has plans to blossom those connections into effective ministry just as Moses became the deliverer for a nation and Paul became the advocate-tor for the Gentile nations.
Such a “Lord planned” connection for ministry took place on a normal CG flight (Third level carrier airline – PNG Air flight code identification) from Mt Hagen to Wewak. Among the passengers were two normal passengers with whom the Lord had planned for such a meeting to take place; and towards the end of this normal flight our eProjects Specialists Mr Brian Wrad and Senior Pastor for Assemblies Of God Wingei, Pastor Francis Seni agreed in principle to have CRMF Learning Technologies PNG conduct a basic computing course for the Bible school
The Lord used a normal flight to connect two people who were looking for opportunities to serve the Lord. There is nothing special about the flight, maybe they were travelling on special fares; my point is that when we are looking for opportunities to serve the Lord in our normal daily dealings, He will open our eyes and ears to see and hear voices of need in our communities.
About two months later an arrangement was done for AOG Wingei Assistant Pastor Isaac Maken to attend the basic computing course with Foursquare’s Life Bible College students as an exposure for experience. Soon after that CRMF donated a desktop computer to West Yangoru Missionary Training and Community Learning Center to consolidate the new relationship that started during the CG flight.
Some of our participants were Community school teachers who saw this as an opportunity they could not afford to miss and so adjusted our schedule to help the pastors and teachers who were able to attend.
By the end of 2017 a formal request for basic computing course was registered on the CRMF LTPNG ministry calendar for May 2018. Here we are at the end of this successful training in May for the pastors and the Bible school students and with an extension to school teachers.
As trainers we discovered that this is not a regular bible school but a theological institution that has the vision to equip graduates with theological knowledge as the foundation with other practical skills like computing, carpentry, basic first aid and basic business skills.
We praise the Lord for His plans to connect CRMF and AOG West Yangoru Missionary Training School and look forward for the Lord’s direction and will to enter into an ongoing partnership and ministry.
Thank you again for your support and prayers, without you all this planned meeting set up by the Lord would not be successful.

How Did CRMF Help With the 2018 Earthquake

How Did CRMF Help With the 2018 Earthquake

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On February 26, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea, followed by a 6.2 and 6.0 magnitude the next day, bringing devastation and fear to many remote communities in the Mt. Bosavi region as well as making inoperable the limited mobile service that existed. CRMF was already there with its HF radio network to connect these isolated communities to the help they desperately needed.

Because our HF radios were strategically located at airstrips in the affected regions, we could quickly find out which airstrips were operational, and which were damaged.  The airstrips soon became crowded as people started congregating there.

“The next day, although we were okay, we heard that much communication was down in the affected location and so HF radio became a vital link to assess the needs of many remote communities in this area, some who have only ever had HF radio.” – General Manager of CRMF, Michael Wakefield.
CRMF maintains an HF radio network that covers most of Papua New Guinea.  Remote churches and mission stations in the jungles, health clinics, schools, and especially those responsible for looking after airstrips all use our radios to communicate.  CRMF monitors an emergency radio channel seven day a week, 24 hours a day.

When the earthquake occurred this channel became very busy. The airwaves were filled with requests for emergency medical flights to carry the injured to hospitals as well as with requests for food, shelter, and clean water.  With the guidance of MAF who was leading the initial disaster relief efforts, CRMF logged all radio calls and, at the end of each day, sent a summary report to eventually around 30 different e-mail addresses representing many governments, NGOs, and mission agencies.

Major Rob Mitchell from the Australian Defense Force described the information that they received – a combination of the aerial survey photos from MAF and the communications from CRMF – as ‘gold.’

Mendi (a town in the Southern Highlands) suffered great loss with 600-700 houses, two aid posts, a primary school, and an elementary school covered from landslips. Reports also came in over the radio of a hundred-livestock dead, gardens covered or ruined beyond repair, and water sources turned red. Southern, Western, and Hela provinces were most affected by the earthquake.

Right now, we don’t have any food /water to survive. We face the difficult situations, so we are really hungry. Kindly we ask you CRMF, did you have any options to help us?”

-Gipson Wembip Kaket, from Mendi, asks us over the radio. We received many similar calls.

In Huya from the CRMF radio log:

March 7th, 8:45am, Huya calls A899 (CRMF) on the radio and reported that the earthquake had caused landslides that covered 14 people.  Twelve people were confirmed dead. They requested three patients to be medevaced. The 1st was badly injured in the landslide; the other 2 patients were a mother and child. While trying to run away because of the earthquake, a branch fell on the mother’s head, broke both her arms and she passed out. The little child was also crushed by the branch and suffered serious damage to his eye. They were in critical condition.  CRMF contacted MAF Kiunga and they arranged a flight.

During this time, CRMF assisted these communities in many ways such as connecting health workers in the region to doctors who could answer their questions and provide expert advice.  CRMF also connected pastors and other church workers to their national leadership so they could request assistance with rebuilding churches and providing relief to communities.
Some of the remote communities began reporting unusual damages to their gardens by pests and other garden issues.  We passed on this information to the relevant government and NGO experts and requested that they respond to the communities and provide aid. This work is still ongoing.
Another interesting story that illustrates the importance of CRMF and the unique things we get involved in was when a rumor began circulating that an extinct volcano in the earthquake-affected region was becoming active again and that people would need to flee from the refugee centers and go into the jungle.  When this rumor first became known, CRMF contacted the geology experts at the leading PNG universities who let us know that this was just a rumor.  CRMF then broadcast warnings that this was just a rumor and that if people left the refugee centers they would be unable to get food supplies.  We also conducted a PR campaign sharing the same information with various radio, print, and TV reporters.

The rumor seemed to stop for a month but then came back stronger than ever.  Eyewitness accounts of smoke and fire at the top of the volcano started spreading by phone and then by social media till even the government was making evacuation plans for the people around the volcano.  CRMF quickly called the leading volcanic experts in PNG, the Rabual Volcanic Observatory, who made it quite clear that the volcano was extinct, it could not be erupting.  CRMF put out a plea to any in the mission community who could provide some eyewitness testimony that the mountain was not erupting.

One missionary, Anton Lutz, along with an SIL helicopter pilot, took a couple of local village elders and flew to the volcanic mountain and landed in the crater.  They took video recordings from handheld cameras and flew a drone with a camera all around the area.  This video recording, along with the scientist’s testimony finally killed the rumor.  MAF and other pilots carried the video recordings on tablets to remote villages showing the video when they landed, and the video was also on the national television news.
On April 16th we received a report from Fuma, one of the villages affected:

Earthquake and landslips continue. The water is contaminated, muddy, and an odor came out of it that causes people to feel sick – skin infections (diarrhea, cough, headache and vomit). Community and P/School teachers have a shortage of food since 3 weeks ago, people felt weak, dizzy (really need food). They are asking for 20 meter rope to tie up their canoes, 4 tuffa tanks to store clean water (2 for community and 2 for P/school) plus bedding, and soap. There is no Health Worker and no medicine yet, need Medicine. Gardens infected with pests.”

Not only is CRMF being a lifeline for handing over much needed information to those who can help the affected people with their physical needs, we have also a listening ear, someone to hear their stories of the worst affected people. The relief we hear in their voices when they can tell people what they have been through is palpable
An example of this, one of our radio operators took a call from a remote community. They said that there had just been another large land slide. The man on the radio said everyone was ok, but “please if you call us again in a few days and we don’t answer it is because a landslide has cover us up. Please check on us!”

We often pray on the radio with those we are talking with. When we heard from many communities about their garden pests we assured them that we were doing everything we could to get them help and then we prayed for them over our radio channel.

The HF radio also provides a community aspect to communications. As everyone in the radio world can hear what is said. Everyone is hearing their stories and sharing the pain together. This gives people strength and encouragement.

As of May 9th, CRMF is still receiving requests for assistance from the affected communities due to the earthquake and passing those on.

Please continue to lift up in prayer those affected by the earthquake.

Connect Testimonies

Connect Testimonies

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Is Connect Expo really that great? Well these people think so.  Watch the videos below to learn about what they think about Connect Expo 2018!
Let’s hear from Rev. Dr William Longgar, Principal of CLTC and he’ll explain what Connect Expo is all about.
What did Yara Maka, Assistants Program Manager for Wycliffe Associates in PNG, learn at Connect?
Why did the University of Goroka’s Chaplain come to Connect?
The President of Evangelical Brotherhood Church, Pastor Francis Gimifeh, says Connect was VERY helpful.