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!

It Was Beneficial

It Was Beneficial

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Every time we went through a lesson, the students would sit quietly, back-straight with a strong look of concentration and interest. Most students from the Highlands Regional Bible College of Assemblies of God told us that the basic computer training was something they really need as they want to cope up with the changes in technologies. To go through this training was a true blessing and the answer to their prayers.

Most of them were from rural areas of PNG and have never used a computer before. Also, there were some very slow learners. But I was amazed to see how quickly they learn to navigate confidently around the computer’s interface. It was their desire to learn basic computing, and they were prepared for it. They spent most times, even during breaks to learn as much as they can and soaked in a lot of information that was given throughout the training.

A few lecturers also participate in the training with their students as it was an opportunity they would not want to miss. Even though they used a computer to do their work, they were delighted to learn even more new things that they did not know before.

Our students can now be able to do their assignments using a computer. The Basic Computer Training is very beneficial to their learning and will have a great impact on their ministries after school. Ps Paul Puri

Lecturer, Highlands Regional Bible College of AOG, Papua New Guinea

Jonathan Onga was one of the students participating in the training who thought he would never get the chance to learn the basics of computing as some similar training were very expensive and hard to afford. He was overjoyed and thankful to God for the work and ministry of CRMF Learning Technologies, PNG.

CRMF plays an important role in helping to bridge the gap between churches and technologies. The basic computer training is one part of our ministry that supports church and ministry leaders to help them better understand computer and its uses in their ministry. If you would like to know more about our services and ministry, please do contact us, we are happy to help you.

APPOINTED CONNECTIONS

APPOINTED CONNECTIONS

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It is interesting how connections are made, connections that develop and blossom into real opportunities to make a difference in ministry. The Lord set up his connection with Moses in a surrounding that drew him away from his normal chore of caring for the sheep. A meeting that basically changed the cause of history for Israel as God’s chosen people and the pagan pyramid nation of Egypt.
Throughout the Bible we can discover the planned meetings set up by the Lord, take place in the lives of different people; Gideon on the threshing floor, Balam on a donkey and Namaan at the Jordan River and so on into the New Testament era where the Lord planned to meet Saul on the road to Damacuss.
Each of us has different situations and circumstances of how we came to be where we are today. For most of us there was no burning bush or lighting or some other mysterious miraculous experience but we all have our connection points premeditated by the Lord. So whether it is a ministry connection or a personal encounter, the Lord is in charge. He has plans to blossom those connections into effective ministry just as Moses became the deliverer for a nation and Paul became the advocate-tor for the Gentile nations.
Such a “Lord planned” connection for ministry took place on a normal CG flight (Third level carrier airline – PNG Air flight code identification) from Mt Hagen to Wewak. Among the passengers were two normal passengers with whom the Lord had planned for such a meeting to take place; and towards the end of this normal flight our eProjects Specialists Mr Brian Wrad and Senior Pastor for Assemblies Of God Wingei, Pastor Francis Seni agreed in principle to have CRMF Learning Technologies PNG conduct a basic computing course for the Bible school
The Lord used a normal flight to connect two people who were looking for opportunities to serve the Lord. There is nothing special about the flight, maybe they were travelling on special fares; my point is that when we are looking for opportunities to serve the Lord in our normal daily dealings, He will open our eyes and ears to see and hear voices of need in our communities.
About two months later an arrangement was done for AOG Wingei Assistant Pastor Isaac Maken to attend the basic computing course with Foursquare’s Life Bible College students as an exposure for experience. Soon after that CRMF donated a desktop computer to West Yangoru Missionary Training and Community Learning Center to consolidate the new relationship that started during the CG flight.
Some of our participants were Community school teachers who saw this as an opportunity they could not afford to miss and so adjusted our schedule to help the pastors and teachers who were able to attend.
By the end of 2017 a formal request for basic computing course was registered on the CRMF LTPNG ministry calendar for May 2018. Here we are at the end of this successful training in May for the pastors and the Bible school students and with an extension to school teachers.
As trainers we discovered that this is not a regular bible school but a theological institution that has the vision to equip graduates with theological knowledge as the foundation with other practical skills like computing, carpentry, basic first aid and basic business skills.
We praise the Lord for His plans to connect CRMF and AOG West Yangoru Missionary Training School and look forward for the Lord’s direction and will to enter into an ongoing partnership and ministry.
Thank you again for your support and prayers, without you all this planned meeting set up by the Lord would not be successful.

Ministry Oil

Ministry Oil

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I have a habit of applying cooking oil to hinges of doors of pastor’s houses, church doors and doors of buildings where training is done. Most of Learning Technologies basic computer trainings for the last five years have been held either in the church building or a central building of a particular church or organization.

I have developed this habit to the extent that I actually listen for that squeaking sound!

This last five years of helping pastors and ministry leaders learn the basic skills to use computers for ministry has taught us that we play a pivotal role to teach them computer skills basically because computer has now become the main tool in any workplace. Our task then is to help the pastor to be effective in ministry. We want to be seen as a drop of oil to help the church to be effective in bringing the Good News to the lost.

This last five years of helping pastors and ministry leaders learn the basic skills to use computers for ministry has taught us that we play a pivotal role to teach them computer skills basically because computer has now become the main tool in any workplace. Our task then is to help the pastor to be effective in ministry. We want to be seen as a drop of oil to help the church to be effective in bringing the Good News to the lost.

Elsie Manato is one of the participants that discovered the potential of a computer during this training. She said she has seen and used a computer before but never discovered its true worth until the team took them through the basics of Microsoft Word, Power Point and Excel programs. Her first priority now is to get a computer to use for ministry because she now has the knowledge she lacked before.

For the veterans of the pulpit like Pastor Peter Vincent (Foursquare Church) and Pastor Frank Runtiko, Assemblies of God, they came up with very good sermons using power point slides. Just like I was alluding to at the start, we spend very little time with pastors and ministry workers who have been in the field for many years. They are full of experiences that the Lord taught them over the years of faithful service and so it is an honor and special privilege to be able to offer the little help for the vitality of the ministry.
Noga Mamuti who serves at the Foursquare Church as a Church Councilor said, “I am glad I attended this training because I personally learned two important things. Firstly, the general knowledge of what the computer can do for the ministry of the church and as a council member I can help make decisions in line with technology for spreading the Good News of our Lord Jesus.” I asked him what the second thing was and he said, he can play music in the Microsoft Power Point program, now as a 52 year old, that is something!

This training was answered prayer for Rev. Ewana Zacharias of United Church in Kainantu when an invitation from Pastor Peter to attend the basic computer training was given to him. He had a new laptop computer but was using it only on “first gear”.

He added that this training is educational and even though it is only two weeks, I have learned enough to manage my work (MS Word), my sermons can be seen and heard with greater chances of impact (MS PPP) and good and accurate record of congregation members and their Spiritual growth and needs, proper record of tithes and offerings and proper presentation of Church finances (MS Excel)

Pastor Michael Willie of AOG is very thankful for Pastor Peter of Foursquare who organized the training to extend it to the Body of Christ in Kainantu. Pastor Michael had a computer, a printer and a projector but he lacked the knowledge to fully utilize them for ministry. Again that is a good picture of the little help that we can freely offer to equip the saints for ministry (Ephesians 4:12)

We thank you all for your prayers and support for this successful basic computer training which involved all four of our Learning Technologies staff. This training involved good team work and safe travel by road.

As trainers for this first basic computer training for this year we give glory to God for the host church (Foursquare) to promote the spirit of unity among the members of the Body of Christ in Kainantu by extending the training to other church denominations.

As a result of this gesture by Foursquare, the CRMF team now has more opportunities to assist more churches to spread the Good News in our lovely country, especially in Kainantu.

Counting Computers?

Counting Computers?

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Pastor Nick receiving his certificate from Brian and Lina

While the rest of Eastern Highlands Province were focused on the Nation Sports Institute for the counting process and its results, a local Lutheran Renewal Church (LRC) were busy preparing for a basic computer course. When communicating with Pastor Nick Hoebapa to determine if it was a good time to conduct the workshop in the middle of the counting period, he affirmed that his participants were more keen to have the computer training over counting process and its results.
Due to the National Elections this year, we have less number of workshops to conduct and it seems like by the end of the year we may have delivered only seven which is less than our average of nine to ten annual deliveries.

Bryan thanking the church for the partnership to train workers for ministry.

The Lutheran Renewal Church at Fimito is about 15 minutes drive from our CRMF Communications Centre and our route to training venue would take us past the security check point. The first day was filled with drama because we had two boxes loaded with laptops for the training. I stopped on the road at the check point expecting a thumbs up to drive on but the security officer signalled for pull over. He says to me, “We need to check your boxes”, I realised at that moment that this was election period and and “any box” must be checked.! Hijacking of ballot papers continues to be a major concern in Papua New Guinea and so our box of laptops were checked and cleared by security. This little incident also gave me an opportunity to make a one minute awareness to the police officer that we were preparing to conduct a basic computer course for the pastors and ministry leaders and the officer says to me, “Sori boss, mipela bihainim policy” (My apologies boss, we are following policy directives).
I drove away satisfied that the officer was committed to his task, (a little delay but…) we were committed to set up the training for the first day to assist Pastor Nick who was committed to making sure his participants received basic computer training. We can make a difference when everyone is committed to do what is expected of them.

Amamo Taima doing her presentation

The eighteen participants successfully completed their training and to show what they have learned, three of the graduates did power point presentations to the church and the community during graduation day. One of the speakers representing the National President of Lutheran Renewal Church of PNG highlighted a need for technology when he shared about a Papua New Guinean missionary serving overseas who had difficulty using social media to communicate back home. Speaking to the graduates and the community he stressed the importance of basic training like computer for overseas ministry.
As facilitators involved in a ministry that is assisting the Churches in Papua New Guinea with technology, we learned about a need that we could contribute towards our national overseas missionaries. But meanwhile we are committed to pastors and ministry leaders like Pastor Nick and his team who are prepared to put priority over seasonal things like national elections and invest time in training that will make everlasting impact in the lives of people.

Julie Manime challenging the church and community with her  presentation on Noah’s flood.

Thank you again for your commitment in praying and supporting CRMF ministry as the team continues to assist churches with technology.