CRMF, Blessed to be a Blessing

CRMF, Blessed to be a Blessing

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“It is a wonderful feeling when someone blesses you and that you in turn can be a channel to bless others.”

This week, Paul Wyld, owner of Procureit Australia in Brisbane, donated five wheel chairs to CRMF. Two of this wheel chairs where donated to the Women’s Ward at the Goroka General Hospital while the other wheel chair was a huge blessing to Rose Bobola, an elderly woman who’s disabled. When receiving the wheel chair Rose Bobola stated ~
“I’ve always desired to attend church but because of the disability of not being able to walk, I’ve struggled to get there, but now that I’m blessed with the wheel chair I can attend church and move about.”
The two remaining chairs were given to the newly built EBC Kassam District Hospital. Present to receive these were the Agency Health Secretary for EBC, Japalis Kaiok with Information Officer, wife Matilda Kaiok and Program Officer Willie Niniko. The donation of wheel chairs were presented to them by CRMF General Manager, Micheal Wakefield and CRMF Deputy General Manager, Bryan Matthew.
We will use the two wheel chairs for their purposes and will continue to embrace the already built partnership we have with CRMF. Japalis Kaiok

Agency Health Secretary, EBC Health Services

The wheel chairs are a huge blessing and the smile on everyone’s faces says it all.

CRMF does not take for granted receiving these donations, and appreciates Procureit Australia and all other business houses and partners who have helped in this way in the past.   When we give our time, effort and support we are being a blessing, and when we become a blessing we impact. We thank God our Father again that with the blessing that continue to flow through to CRMF, we get to impact and be a blessing to our community.

HEART IDENTITY

HEART IDENTITY

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Huꞌmau ma melugu bonaꞌi asaga kumu lagaꞌa besinaꞌmu luto sipi ginaga nofigo gi moneko panaꞌasi ho lifigo limiꞌehina. Asaga bonaꞌmagi aitoga keheli uleꞌale hite komopaꞌani molo emite mefililana minoba minoba hilanaꞌmu yabe.

John 3:16 in Benabena language

Yes the heart moving message that God sent his only son so that all who believe in him will have eternal life. And let me tell you, it becomes more clear because it is in the heart language.

More languages can be found on the WiFi Bible Box on the PMV’s with the WiFi Bible sticker.

The main arena at the recent Goroka show was filled with colourfully dressed people from different provinces. They were dressed differently but they would all fit in the Melanesian traditional dressing for celebrations category.

The only distinct difference would be the songs they sang in their own mother tongue, their heart language!

In our previous WiFi Bible blog stories, we shared about our excitement because of the number of PMV owners who allowed us to install on their vehicles. You would have noted too that stickers were becoming more attractive that some PMV operators wanted the WiFi stickers without the WiFi Bible device!

The reason for our excitement in this article is that during one of the installs the crew members of one of the bus discovered that their heart language – Benabena was on the WiFi Bible! They could not stop smiling as Carolyn did a demo of how to assist passengers to download resources onto their mobile phones.

We saw the same excitement for the Adzera speakers during the Markham District Youth Camp in December of 2017. I also saw it in the face of my friend Samuel Saleng a Numanngan speaker who downloaded the Scriptures in his heart language at our front counter.

We are more excited because passengers can go through the 200 plus languages that are on the WiFi Bible box to download the Scriptures in their heart language.

We thank the Lord for the partnership of PNG Bible Translation Association (BTA) for the permission to distribute.

We get excited in so many situations and for different reason but it all boils down to one main reason; that it involves something very close to our lives and something we can identify with. Our prayer is that the travelling public who get on the WiFi Bible PMV’s will discover their heart language and get excited to learn about the promises of God in their heart language.

CROSSING

CROSSING

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As Disciples of Christ we have a calling to cross over to the other side to be able to cross paths with people needing our Lord. PNG is a country so rich in rivers, lakes, mountains and valleys. We have the challenge to cross those rivers and lakes, climb those mountains and valleys to do ministry.

The CRMF Week-End Outreach ministry had three opportunities last week-end to tell people that God loves them and there is hope for everyone!. This was done through Tech Talk which is an awareness to educate the Church and the community on how to utilise technology for ministry and also warn against the wrong use of technology which is a direct threat to ministry. The CRMF team to Ukarumpa was with the Lutheran Renewal Church. Pastor Ham Peter and family and the church members received us well with the Tech Talk and the preaching on Sunday morning on the topic of “What is truth?” in the context of the Pilate’s question to Jesus in John 18:37

CRMF commends the churches and non-government organisations in our country who continue to do awareness for a good and a healthy nation. As technology for the church, our desire is to help feed the church with important information that the pastors and ministry leaders can use to do their ministry.

One of the major issues that we are helping to educate during our talks is the high rate of violence against women in Papua New Guinea. It is general knowledge that the media has speculated that “PNG is a very dangerous place for a woman to live.”

The Lord showed us that everywhere we do Tech Talks to do awareness on the wrong use of internet especially pornography will always be a new message because we are discovering that not many know that it is affecting families, communities and the nation as a whole.

Pornography does affect everybody and not only the addicted person because this person has a family and a community. It is similar to a ‘haus krai’ situation which affects the family and the community because a person has died.

We thank the Lord for the opportunities to address social issues like the caption above.  It is a very poor excuse to steal and sell sex in order to survive because our Lord has blessed our country abundantly. All we need to do is to make use of the sound mind that the Lord has given us to help us make better choices.

 The Shocking Reality of the Sexual Violence Epidemic in Papua New Guinea. A new Doctors without Borders survey documents the alarming scale of the abuse of women and children in the country. 

By Charlotte Alfred. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/papua-new-guinea-sexual-violence_us_56d9fc

The bottom line is that the Lord has given us everything that we need to live and enjoy life on this earth by living according to his standards and values, once we set up our own standards and values we can be sure to hurt ourselves. The first sin was committed because of a wrong choice to go against the standards set by God.

The team is grateful to the Lord for opening up an opportunity for ministry. As a result, we were able to cross over the Bae River to minister to the members of the Lutheran Renewal Church.

Pastor Ham thanked the team for the week end ministry and will request again for the Tech Talk when a bigger gathering occurs across the Bae River.

We pray for opportunities to cross rivers and situations and into the lives of trapped people because of wrong choices they have made or wrong thinking they have grown up with; as a result  they are addicted to pornography and wrong thinking about others and having non- communicable diseases

So in our talks we are asking the question of why this is so given the beautiful Melanesian cultural dress code which is basically half naked for our women folk and yet their generation did not experience high rate of violence we read in the papers today. Is it the change of times and the devaluing moral standards that the whole world is experiencing? Is it the general flow of social issues in the world?

There is also the high rise of diabetics in the Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea directly related to the kind of food we eat. This report from the IPS [Inter Press News Service] concludes that increase in consumption of fresh foods and exercise will help prevent non-communicable diseases. http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/02/diabetes-epidemic-threatens-development-gains-in-pacific-islands/

The church is doing that scripturally and our desire is to assist by providing technical information, statistics and resources so that they are equipped to ministry to those who are on the wrong side.

The Wrong Road

The Wrong Road

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The Wrong Road

“Look, I think we have to go back, we’ve taken the wrong road!”, Lukas, our Swiss CRMF teammate exclaimed as he leaned through our window.

As we nodded our agreement, Lukas went back to his car and our small caravan turned around and headed back toward the main road.

The road we’d been traveling on had been pretty rough and our smaller car had bottomed out a couple times. Our heads bumped on the ceiling as we made our way along.

If we had continued on that road, it would have gotten worse and we would have only hit more rocks and maybe not have even made it to our destination.

 CRMF Outreach

Our CRMF team was on the way to do an outreach presentation at a village in the Asaro region. In the past showing the Jesus Film has been our main presentation, but this year our ‘Advantages and Disadvantages of Technology’ program is the most requested.

In this presentation we talk a lot about ‘Pornography’. You may ask yourself: “Is this really a problem in Papua New Guinea, where technology is still so new?” 

Sadly, the answer is YES. We have seen and heard from many leaders, pastors, and friends how pornography is becoming a bigger and bigger deal. In 2016, Papua New Guinea ranked number 1 in the world for typing the word ‘porn’ and ‘pornography’ on Google’s Search Engine.

Pornography and Roads?

As we turned into the right road, I realized how ‘getting on the wrong road’ was very similar to the slippery and dangerous track of pornography.

When Lukas came to our car’s window and told us we had been travelling on the wrong road and needed to get on the right road, it was the perfect illustration for CRMF’s goal in these pornography presentations. We want to warn people about the dangers of using technology wrongly (the wrong track) and show them how technology can be used for good (right track).

Pornography, a Problem in PNG

At one of the Bible Colleges where we recently gave this talk, the pastors explained to us they had no idea that pornography was wrong and had dangerous, long term effects on them and their relationships.

Sadly, pornography is being ignored by churches even as it continues to grow, especially at colleges and universities where WIFI is available. At University of Papua New Guinea, students have even started creating and distributing their own porn.

Working with young men, we find that porn is very accessible,” said Thelma Kavanamur, communications officer with a Papua New Guinea youth organization. “It’s on their laptops at the universities, it’s on their phone, they watch it in their rooms, they can be standing by on the streets and watching it – I have seen that personally.”

If our team had continued on the wrong road our car would have gotten banged up and possibly broken. Porn does the same thing to us. It tears down our special relationships and will end up messing up our lives very badly.

As we talked with the village and ended our presentation, a Pastor came up to us and explained how he wanted us to come and do this same presentation at his ‘ples’ and to his youth group.

“This is a very important topic. I see people lost in it [porn] and we need to bring them back,” said Pastor Samuel.

The next week CRMF called EBC Pastor Samuel and asked what experiences he’s had that encouraged him to ask us to bring this topic to his youth group.

He responded:

“Many of us [pastors and elders] counseling both singles and married people found this pornography to be a big issue. It is affecting the youth in the schools and in the churches. I really appreciate your Tech Talk program and want to bring it to not just the churches, but also the public.”

 

What’s Next?

“Look YOU’VE taken the wrong road and you need to TURN AROUND!” –  CRMF Outreach Team

  • If you are a pastor or leader in your community and want to bring awareness about this topic contact us at [email protected] and we can give you resources and advice on how to deal with this topic.

 

 

  • If you want us to present our ‘Advantages and Disadvantages Talk’ at your church, school, or ples – email us at [email protected] or call (+675) 7250 3958.

 

Real Smiles

Real Smiles

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Real Smiles   These smiles are real and full of hope because of the new HF radio installed in their villages. Before these villages were isolated and had no form of communication.
Recently we helped organize a medevac for a village much like the ones in these pictures. We received a radio call from a health worker in Maramuni, Wabag District urgently telling us how a young man had accidentally gotten shot in the ankle earlier that day and that his bones were smashed and was loosing a lot of blood. We called MAF Hagen. As soon as they received our emergency call, they started arranging flights and within 2 -3 hours the plane flew out to Maramuni and brought the young man and his guardian to Mt. Hagen Hospital. That is why these smiles are real, because they know this radio could save one of their lives some day!