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!

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!

A New PNG Website

A New PNG Website

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On May 24th we launched our first customer website! Evangelical Brotherhood Church Health Services and Christian Radio Missionary Fellowship have been working together for the past several months to produce a website that will best meet EBC Health’s clients and staff’s needs.

CRMF and EBC staff, including several EBC Health teams who travelled to Goroka specifically for this event, came together and celebrated this exciting moment with a special ceremony and food. Along with CRMF and EBC speakers, a government health representative also attended and gave a short talk.

OUTCOME: Now EBC staff will receive clients’ emails directly from their website. The clients will be able to find out which clinic is closest to them or check the online event calendar to see which health events EBC Health will be attending. Donors and potential partners can download annual reports or view stories featured on the website’s story page. The website will benefit all parties.   THE PROCESS: Many meetings and much cooperation between CRMF and EBC were invested in the creation of this site and the production of the content. Throughout the whole process we gave advice and worked beside EBC, teaching them the basics of web design. Inside our MOU we also agreed to train some of their staff on the upkeep of their new WordPress site.
Desmond Sam put a lot of work and effort in this whole process. Our main website developer, he also created our own CRMF website. “It was a fun experience! Most EBC Health staff didn’t really know much about website technology; they are health workers. The thrilled smiles on their faces through the website project is something I will never forget! :)” ~ Desmond Sam
“Our experience in engaging CRMF, who developed our website, was a blessing.  From the start until it’s completion, we have had trust and confidence in them for continuous support when we needed them. “What we highly appreciate is not that they have the ‘know how’, but they are special, because they (CRMF) are a Christian Organization in PNG, to help support God’s work through information and sharing via internet. “Building our website, for first timers like us in EBC health Services, we had many doubts and fears, but the process became clearer and we begin to understand more and appreciate the good advantages of having a Christian health website that complements our work reports and gives information to the public. “Our engagement in the work contract with CRMF came about as a decision of our board to allow access of information, news, and stories of what God is doing within our establishment in PNG. As a Christian health organization, we intend to have this website to distribute information, help people to know how to access our services, expand our partnership with organizations, and continue to strengthen rural health service delivery. All for the Glory and Honor of God. “We will continue to rely on CRMF and engaged their expertise from time to time.” ~ EBC Health
CRMF now offers website design services to missions and churches. Our goal is to create a positive presence on the web that also helps bring traffic and engagement to the amazing ministries all around PNG.

Weekend Ministry

Weekend Ministry

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The light from the projector pierced through the darkness, illuminating the children’s faces as they stared at the movie projected on the large white piece of cloth.  

“This must be the part when Jesus calms the storm!” one child exclaimed to the girl sitting beside her.

The CRMF team was staying the night at the village of Fifix in the Ketarobo area. One of our most recently joined staff members, Simeon, had asked if we could do some ministry at his village. Carolyn Bubu (our Jesus Film/Weekend Ministry Coordinator) worked it all out. Our agenda was to leave for Simeon’s village right after work on Friday and to show the Jesus Film and some other small Christian Youth videos that night, interspersed with short talks. We would stay the night, then the next morning we would give a talk on the “Advantages and Disadvantages of Computer Technology.”

Check out our video from the trip!

So, on Friday around 5:00 p.m., we loaded up two buses full of equipment and CRMF staff and headed  about twenty minutes out of town. The buses dropped us off at the edge of the river- now how to get all our amplifiers, computers, microphone, projector, and other equipment across? We watched as several mangi (young men and boys) drifted toward us on innertubes. Once they reached us, they began piling all our equipment onto rods laid across the innertubes and taking it down stream. Then we jumped aboard, too. Everything and everyone made it, without once taking a dip in the river!
We carried our equipment, with a lot of help from Simeon’s relatives, to the village.  Emerging from the short forest path, we stepped onto a small grassy green. Bees and butterflies buzzed around the tropical flowers decorating this beautiful place.
Adults, pastors, and their grinning children warmly greeted us. After we dumped our baggage inside of their massive kunai (woven grass walls and thatched) prayer house, the youth and pastors welcomed us with a sweet ceremony of singing, tambourine playing, and encouraging words. Back in the prayer house hot food awaited us. Our hosts had filled up the table with cooked bananas, vegetables, fruits, and sweet potatoes, not to mention the delicious fire roasted chicken. After stuffing ourselves, laughing, and talking, we got ready to show the videos.
Youth and local villagers gathered on top of the massive tarp spread out on the ground as we began to play videos. Uncle Caine encouraged the youth in their walk with God in between the videos and explained more about their messages. When we got to God’s Chisel Skit, created by the Skit Guys, people laughed a lot. Yet as we looked at them, we also saw they were soaking in every word. After the short videos, we started the Jesus Film around 9:00 p.m., finishing a little after 11:00. Even though it was so late, young children were still sitting in rapt attention on the cold ground until the end. The CRMF staff went back to the prayer house and villagers made their way to their homes. Some of us fell to sleep right away; others stayed up, storied, and sang worship songs.
In the morning there was more food! Several women had made banana cake over the fire and it tasted wonderful. Around 9:00 a.m. we started our technology talk. Grace Ward spoke on the disadvantages and advantages of technology, while Caine Ruruk shared about what happens when we allow something like pornography into our life and how it can take over.
Then came the fun part. A large crowd quickly formed as we set up a volleyball net and played countless games with the youth. To soon it was time to leave. All the young boys helped us carry our gear to the river’s edge, then started loading it up again on the innertubes. This time most of us decided to swim down to the pick-up point. The sun was hot and the river refreshing; we splashed right along with the kids. As a departure gift the village gave us several live chickens, enough for each of our CRMF families to take one home.
We were so happy and blessed by this amazing weekend. At CRMF we know there is a need out there to talk about technology. Technology is pouring into PNG and the number of social media users and phone subscriptions is growing. Yet no one talks about the good ways we can use our cell phones or about the bad junk that comes in through the internet. Knowledge on how best to use technology is lacking, but at CRMF you can request our outreach team to come and run a similar program at your place.
Just email us at [email protected]! We would be very excited to come.

Some of our team!