400 Audio Bibles Please!

400 Audio Bibles Please!

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400 Solar Powered Audio Bibles please!

In June we got a message from Michael Webb a long-standing missionary with SIL requesting 400 Audio Bible Players.

Lina, our audio Bible technician, was busy every spare minute prepping the audio players. We found out that the Urii- Indai language group in Fayang had their Bible translated and put into audio from and these were going to be distributed on the big opening day July 7th 2018!

We were so excited to be apart of this and after we asked Michael how the whole event went:

Michael for the Webb family:

On March 30 1985, the New Testament in the Urii-Indani language was dedicated in Fayang village in the Wawin area of Morobe Province (inland from 40 Mile on the Highlands Highway, towards the Sarawaged Ranges). It was a day of great celebration for the Urii-Indani people and the translation team of Mambap Mandak and Tom and Gwen Webb of SIL/WBT.

On 7 July 2018, 33 years later, the audio version—loaded onto Megavoice mp3 players—of that same New Testament was dedicated and launched in Siara village, several kilometres up river from Fayang.

A crowd of some 300 people from many of the Urii-Indani villages was joined by a small delegation from Australia–the Webbs’ sons Rory and Michael, who was accompanied by his wife Ellen and a church friend, Ron Adams. Rory’s wife Ruth successfully led an early fundraising initiative towards subsidising the Megavoice players for the Urii-Indani people.

The day’s events began with traditional dancing, gospel songs, and prayers. A sermon and speeches concentrated on the value of the sacred Scriptures in one’s own language, and this led to considerable excitement, anticipation and interest in the solar-powered audio Bibles.

To everyone’s delight, Thea, a teacher at Siara Primary School, baked and decorated a special “Megavoice cake” to mark the event.

All but 39 of the 400 Megavoice players containing the Urii-Indani New Testament sold within a week of the launch. We have since had a request for 200 more!

We are so thankful to CRMF for their work and getting the players ready and delivered, and we praise God that His message of salvation through Jesus Christ his Son is currently resounding throughout many Urii-Indani villages. May many respond and accept God’s free gift of grace!

Boxes, Boxes of Bibles

Boxes, Boxes of Bibles

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Paul Woodington is one of two pilots flying in the remote Wewak region of northern Papua New Guinea – where there are no proper roads and people regularly travel over severe terrain. After coming back from a weekend outreach in the bush, where he took Bibles and solar powered audio Bibles, he came away with all of the audio bibles sold and back orders of 20. “ …one family purchased this audio bible from me, 3hours walk away from Guriaso in the West Sepik. They are very pleased to have this bible. All weekend we could hear people listening to their Bibles. “Please can you send another 100.”
“I cannot tell you how much this ministry means to so many people. When I turn up at a remote station like Sisamin, last week, they purchased everything I had. All Bibles, commentaries, lights [*solar light kits], eye glasses.”
Dave Rogers, MAF Pilot based in Goroka Eastern Highlands Province: “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. 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).” Dave was touched as people gathered around to buy the bibles. “I’d try to imagine how many people that each one was going to impact.” Dave also had some solar powered audio bibles with him. One man  came up and purchased one. “He 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.”
Andrew Little, an Australian MAF pilot serving in PNG: After flying to an airstrip, he has talked about people who have walked “hours and hours or even up to half a day on the off chance that they might be able to buy a bible out of the back of the plane. “We’re seeing God push back the darkness with the light of his word as people uncover more about who he is.”
Luke Newell, MAF pilot: “While at Yifki today, Susan and Jonathan Kopf, the NTM missionaries at Yifki, were asking Simon and me if we happened to have any audio Bibles. We had our Bible Box with us and, as this was the first stop of the day, it was full. We were able to sell Susan four audio Bibles which she lends out to some of the youth at Yifki. The youth are using the English audio Bibles to hear the gospel but also to learn English – win-win!  When everyone saw the Bible Box come out, immediately there was a steady stream of people eager to buy Tok Pisin Bibles and within a few minutes, the box was empty apart from a couple of English Bibles.  We enjoy being able to support the Kopfs and the Yifki community using the airplane and the Bible Box.”
Todd Aebischer, MAF program manager for PNG, climbed a board a flight with a Bible Box flying to Abuluwa. Once landed, the locals explained to him that the closest road was a 1 ½ days walk for them. “MAF represents their lifeline for medical evacuations, supplies, and on this day…BIBLES!” One man approached the plane and started asking after Bibles. “I was humbled as the man took everything we had and asked if he couldn’t please get more.  More people wanted to have their own copy of the Bible in their language.  We emptied our box and assured the man that more would come on the next plane.” – Todd Aebischer   “We cannot meet the demand that out there in the remote areas. You talk to the MAF pilots and they say the 1st airstrip that they land, the whole box is sold out!” Bryan Matthews, deputy general   “Even after the earthquake when many had gathered at the airstrips and they were asking for food and water and basic things, they were also asking for the Bibles. We had calls coming in from the people working on the ground asking us to put Bibles on the airplanes.” Sharlene Coker with MAF
CRMF never has any problem selling their printed Bibles or audio Bibles. In fact, they usably can’t get an order in soon enough for the growing demand. Importing Bibles into PNG can be a very difficult and frustrating process.

We face a many of hurtles and barriers to bring in God’s word. You can pray for:

  • The system for importing Tok Pisin (trade language) or Tok Place (local languages) Bibles in PNG is broken and not dependable. Please Pray for easier solutions to be able to keep up with the growing demand for Bibles.
  • Trying to import Solar Audio Bible Players into PNG is also a challenge. We depend on donors’ support to help subsidize the cost to K40. Please Pray for willing hearts who are able to give towards this project to make Audio Bibles more affordable for those in remote communities.

Bible Box Statistics

This year CRMF has sold 1043 Audio Bibles and 1980 Tok Pisin Bibles, and they are still more being shipped out right now!

  • English Good New Bible – 336
  • NIV Bible – 112
  • Bible Handbook – 38
  • Reading Glasses – 150
  • Jesus Film DVD – 50
  • Tok Pisin Bibles – 1980
  • Audio Bibles – 1043

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Free Highway

Free Highway

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Tenk yu olsem God em i salim yu kam long rait taim, taim mi kam stap long em na nau yet bai yu putim long tuple bus blo mi wantaim. (Tok Pisin) –  [“Thank God that He has sent you here at the right time so that while I am here I want you to do installations on two of my buses.”] Gogirox Bus Service Owner

Gogirox Bus Service

The owner of the Goroka based Gogirox  Bus Service which does the Goroka Lae Goroka route on the main Papua New Guinea highway was so glad that a CRMF team turned up to install WIFIBible on public buses. MAF Netherlands has purchased twenty 12 volts WIFIBible devices to be installed for free on 20 PMV Buses. In our earlier story titled “Privileged Passenger” we concluded with this statement – We thank the bus owners who are willing to partner with Jesus to reach out to their own country men and women by allowing CRMF to install WIFIBible devices on their vehicles.
We appreciate MAF Netherlands for the support and prayers by putting a WIFIBible device on public vehicles to entertain passengers for a greater trip. This installment on the AGAPE bus was the first of the twenty devices that MAF Netherlands sponsored and by the time we visited the central bus stop twice the team was able to install a total of nine new installs in a week!
We started off by giving out the free advertisement posters of the twenty free installs and they couldn’t believe it, asking us again if it was free, they even asked for the price because they could not believe the poster! We assured them that it has been paid off already and all they need to do now is say YES for the device to be installed!
After more explanation and more poster distribution and one bus install the team were busy with installations and filling the necessary forms by the owners, it took one bus owner to say yes and the other eight followed suit. Isn’t this a perfect example of the free gift of eternal life that God offers to everyone and instead of reaching out to accept it, we question its sincerity. Somehow the very truth that is supposed to draw us to God immediately becomes a barrier and slows down our response to accept a free gift. Romans 6:23
Fuzzy Wuzzy was next!  Fuzzy Wuzzy bus named after the famous war carriers on Kokoda Trail in World War 2 does the Goroka Hagen Goroka route. Its crew members confused the WIFIBible Device with an mp3 player and we had to explain it plainly to them that it is not, it’s like connecting to the internet with phone data but this is better, it does not need data connection and will not need your credit either. All the resources are loaded and available for you to download and share for free.
Six Pocket was next to fully understand that it was free! This bus which does the Goroka Hagen Goroka route is named after the popular six pockets shorts that everyone likes to wear in Papua New Guinea. This install was more fun than the other two, the bus driver and the crew were so excited to have it on their bus.
While the device was still booting up and the driver was shown how to use it, the crew were already fighting over who is going to put on the stickers on the bus! Some of the crew members are not even permanent workers for Six Pocket Bus Service but this is one way where our people share together; even in a brief moment together looking serious as crew members for the camera man.
The driver even wanted his own picture with the device and he couldn’t stop totting the horn while we were taking a picture of the crew. When we returned to the CRMF’s Communication Centre, one of the Hagen based bus followed the team and asked for installation.

It was an exciting experience with all these installs, and there are 10 more left to install.

Most of the highway buses from the upper highlands areas and the coastal areas travel between Goroka. The upper highlands areas include buses mostly from Mt Hagen in Western Highlands Province, and a few from other upper highlands areas. The coastal routes include Lae the second city in Papua New Guinea and Madang in the Madang Province which is north of Goroka.

We thank the Lord for the strategic location here in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province, because our location is central to the bus routes that go higher into the highlands and lower to the coastal towns of Lae and Madang. The team’s plan is to visit the Goroka bus stop again next week and install the remaining 10 devices.

Please pray with us as we would really love to cover the Lae Madang route, as we have had fun seeing the crew members fighting to put stickers on their buses, ha-ha, but on serious note give every opportunity for the traveling public to hear the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ.

TOO LATE

TOO LATE

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A few days into the first week of the basic computer training we heard from some of the participants that some people in the community are requesting to join in but they have been told that; “We have already sent out tok save (information) and you did not respond; now it’s too late.”
In our five years of offering basic computing course to the churches and missions we always hear this statement that the information for a course goes out but people do not think that it will actually happen. This attitude could be seen in two ways, firstly, the mindset that the church cannot afford to organise a technical training like a basic computing skills.
Secondly, the fees we charge for the training conducted are basically nothing in terms of pay for the facilitators and other related expenses that are expected in a two week course. We know of participants who paid a registration fee of K700 for computer course but got only handouts. The churches and missions we partner with for training only charge K20 per participant but learning the basics to do correspondence, work with tables to put out church programs even for those who have not seen a computer before. For those of our participants who have had good basic education are competent in using Microsoft Power Point in their sermons.
We praise God that he is the one that makes the difference to the participants that come for the training. We know this because we are not professional teachers per say but are willing to help pastors and ministry workers use computer skills for ministry.
We have identified an important factor that makes a difference in the outcome of the training we offer; it is the unity amongst the churches and ministries we work with. These current training was organised by the Assemblies of God and Foursquare Churches, with participants coming from Nazarene and the SDA church. One participant from the Seventh Day Adventist Church came in on the second day of the first training week and joined the others.
These community have been working in unity even before the Basic Computer Training was offered. Before the training they put out information about the upcoming course to other churches to attend, however the combined effort of different denominations to do awareness for did not make much difference, people still did not believe the training would happen in their community!

 

This reminds me of Noah’s days; God through Noah told the people about the flood and yet the people did not believe the flood would come and by the time they realised it, it was too late.

Jesus told the listeners of his time to repent or they too will perish (Luke 13:3).  The general attitude is that people choose not to listen to what we tell them to remember!

On the second week of the training, the participants there realise the value of the training and they asked us to come back and take them further on the next training. Even on the Graduation Day, this request was mentioned again. I am willing to bet that even after they requested they will still ask if the training will happen.

As technology for the church working closely with churches that are willing to work together to equip its workers for ministry, the challenge still remains – will the workers believe the training will happen?

The vision of CRMF is to help the churches in Papua New Guinea use technology available to spread the gospel of the kingdom of God to everyone. One of the ways is through basic computing courses that we deliver in partnership with different denominations.

One important lesson that we are learning is the attitude of questioning if information about certain things we hear about; will they actually happen? The sad thing is that by the time they do happen we are too late to do anything.

We learned from Noah’s day that they did not listen even though they were told about it. The CRMF team in the training in Kainantu heard that enough awareness was done by the pastors about the basic computer training but a lot of people in the community did not believe it would happen. The return of Christ is mentioned 318 times in the New Testament and I’m pretty sure a lot of people do not think it will happen.

With the Lord’s help we will continue to make it our goal to equip the saints for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:12) through the different training courses we offer as we assist the Pastors in their ministry.

Eagerness Decides Achievement

Eagerness Decides Achievement

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Does it ever seem that you want to learn more and do more in your ministry? To learn or being introduced to something new is great! It helps you develop your mind and allows you to do more in your life. I remember the feeling when I received my first laptop a few years back. I was so eager to learn more about computers that eventually led to getting a degree in Computer Science!

Now, imagine someone who fully has the passion to serve the Lord. Someone who did not even completed elementary or primary education. Someone who could not understand or learn something quickly, but has an intense interest to learn how to use a computer despite not having a computer or used one before. Such is with most of the participants from the Fellowship of National Bible Church (FNBC) of Lufa district in Eastern Highlands Province.

We were privileged to serve the Lord one more time by equipping the ministry leaders of FNBC through our Basic Computer Training program at Lapilo New Tribes Mission, a few kilometers away from Goroka town. There were eleven participants, which made up of five pastors, three deacons, two youth leaders and one CRMF staff. Out of the eleven participants, only two owns a computer or have been using it for a while, unfortunately they both still lack some basic understanding.

The profound silence, the complete attention in the training room, the strong commitment and eagerness to learn shows that the participants were really determined to learn!

The participants were fortunate to learn the basics of a computer and its uses in their ministry. They were introduced to Microsoft Office 2010 Word, PowerPoint and Excel. We taught the participants how to print their completed work from a printer and how to connect a computer to a projector for presentations. Each of the participants were given enough time to have their work printed out and to do their presentation up in front. Everyone was really proud of the two youth leaders as it was their first time to stand up in front of their pastors and deacons to share the Word of God through their presentation.

The two weeks training may seem very easy and may not be thought of as important to computer literates, but to these participants, it means more to them than you will ever know!

Pastor Misapi was one of the participants who informed us that he was a slow learner. It was also his first time to learn how to use a computer, and he kindly, humbly asks if we could go through every lesson at a very slow pace using a step-by-step approach. We did our best, and at the end of the training, he was full of joy and thanked us as he learnt a lot.

I have a computer and a projector, but I don’t even know how to use them to do presentations using Microsoft Office PowerPoint program. I do now, and this will greatly impact my ministry as I usually do a lot of preaching on many occasions. The Word of God is not only for us Christians, but it’s for everyone, therefore, it must be put up (projected on large screens) for everyone to see! Iteve Amole

Senior Pastor, Fellowship of National Bible Church (FNBC)

We have enlightened these participants on how they can use computers as a tool in their ministry. Now they have this burning feeling inside of them to learn more and do more. Eventually this will lead to something much greater in their ministry. This will surely contribute towards raising the standards of delivering God’s Word to a whole new level. These two weeks of Basic Computer Training were just a beginning of a new chapter!