This Radio Might Look…

This Radio Might Look…

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This radio might look dirty, old, and unimportant, but this radio is vital to rural communities in Papua New Guinea. This radio has the ability to save a life.

Papua New Guinea is known for having very mountainous terrain, which is the key contributor to the isolation of communities.

Recently, we helped organize a medevac for a woman located in a very remote village in the Madang province. This village had no accessible roads close by, was a two days hike away from the nearest hospital and had no health worker and no clinic. The only way this woman- who was having premature labor pains, passing out, and loosing a lot of blood- was going to make it, was through a medevac flight. Luckily for her, her village had access to a radio and sat just on the edge of an airstrip. Saturday morning the village was able to contact CRMF, who monitors their radio 24/7, and we helped organize a medevac with MAF.

But what if that old, dirty radio hadn’t worked? What if it hadn’t been there? Chances are that mother would have died.

CRMF continues to make radio installs all over PNG. We also travel to remote communities to repair their radios. In a world of changing technology, this radio network, established in early 1950’s, hasn’t gone out of style. The need is still present: as long as there continues to be remote communities isolated by terrain this radio will remain in use.

This old, dirty, dusty radio will continue to save lives.

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.