BCT Participants Eager to learn
Wasua District (Western Province): Largest BCT participation, to date
Recently, last month (July), our Tek Min team flew to Hagen on a MAF plane and from there made another 1-hour flight trip to Wasua in the Western Province to carry out the Basic Computer Training (BCT) program to the Evangelical Church of PNG (ECPNG). This training was the first ever BCT to be held at the ECPNG at Dede Village, Wasua District and this was also the first of its kind to include a total of 111 eager and enthusiastic participants. The largest number of participants, to date. This was even more reason for our team to be excited and look forward to their time at Wasua.
Upon nearing the Wasua district, thick white clouds covered their view making it difficult for MAF pilot, Mathias Glass to see ahead. He was just about to turn the plane and head back to Hagen when he spotted a clear opening from within the thick clouds and made a quick fly through it. A few minutes after emerging from the clouds, Mathias Glass safely landed the plane in the old and run-down airstrip of Wasua, successfully transporting our team to Wasua and then headed back to Hagen.
The Tek Min team were greeted by a big welcome from the ECPNG Church and their participants and Wasua church community with large flower laces that were placed around their necks and songs played to welcome them to Wasua, ECPNG. Our team felt right at home.
A boat taxi is a common form of transport for those living along the Fly River.
Basic computer training (BCT) with 58 participants attending the day sessions.
Basic computer training with 53 participants attending the night sessions.
Even though this was the largest group our trainers had ever worked with for the BCT workshop, our Tek Min team found it easy to work with them because, they were all united in helping each other and they were eager to learn.
“The 111 participants that registered for the training showed how determined they were to receive more training. With CRMF purposed to provide technology for the church and with a vision to equip the saints for ministry purposes, we will do our best to assist those who are willing to help themselves.” ~ Caine Ruruk, CRMF Tek Min Facilitator and Trainer.
“The highlight for me as a trainer and facilitator for Tek Ministri was the support that each local congregation gave for their participants who took the course. I discovered that each of them hand-picked the participants who took the course and went to the extent of providing chairs to sit and food for them as well as cooks to prepare all their meals including food for the trainers too.
The support from the kitchen and the caretakers was awesome! They provided entertainment with dramas and dancing during meal times and shouted for joy when their participants printed for the first time or did a power-point presentation. I have never seen a group really united and so excited to receive training… the general atmosphere of eagerness to learn in a loving and sharing manner made our job so much easier.” – Caine Ruruk, CRMF Tek Min Facilitator and Trainer.
Presentation of certificate to students who successfully completed the BCT course.
Part of BCT participants who successfully completed the basic computer training. Among them is Nelson Geiba ( the tallest guy in the back row) who went on to become the Council President.
Filled with so much gratitude the BCT participants in Wasua ECPNG Church presented gifts of mats, bilum and baskets to CRMF BCT trainers, Caine Ruruk and David Inava.
“We would like to convey our appreciation and love to the tireless and hardworking CRMF delegation team based in Goroka. We once again give praise honour and glory to our Lord and almighty, Lord Jesus Christ, for encouraging us in many way to achieve our desire in acquiring the important and valuable knowledge to help us to, administer and manage our ministry endeavors to fulfill the great commission of Christ Jesus our Lord and Saviour.” – The participants and the Wasua District Committee.
On our teams return to Goroka, with letters of request and deposits for purchasing laptops in preparation for training in 2021:
“To our brother, the CRMF/LTPNG Agent we are very glad and appreciate your first visit for we have seen the Lord’s wonderful hands reaching out to the poor to uplift the standards for our District Church. We have seen and felt the reality of your tireless commitment to work day and night sessions without hesitation and we say thank you to God for using you as his vessel to show his love upon his beloved people (Christians).
Furthermore we want to let you know of our interest and desire to ask you to come back, to train our many needy believers in our District Wasua who are willing to acquire the knowledge and skills that you impart in your training program. Due to the need of our church as mentioned, we the District Church have agreed to have you back for a second time in 2021. Meanwhile, we are very glad to stand in partnership with you and are looking forward for your second computer training course with us.”
Once again we are reminded through Ephesians of why we do what we do when we continue to offer the trainings and workshops like the Basic Computer Training (BCT) to churches in Papua New Guinea:
‘To equip the Saints for the work of Ministry, for building up the body of Christ.’
We thank the Lord for our trainers Caine and David, without whom we wouldn’t be able to do what we are doing through the BCT workshops. Furthermore, without the BCT workshop, churches we have the opportunity to train like Wasua ECPNG wouldn’t be able to do what they are able to do now in their ministries and outreach using the basics skills and knowledge of the computer and laptops.
Once again we would like to acknowledge and thank MAF for always being committed to providing transportation for our trainers. Without MAF we wouldn’t be able to reach the Churches and people that live in hard to reach places.