WHO FINDS WHO?

WHO FINDS WHO?

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CRMF hosted a Family Film Festival at West Goroka’s Rotary Park during the school break. The movies shown included Ben Hur, The Cross and the Switchblade, Courageous, Facing the Giants and The End of the Spear.

We give glory to God for letting us witness a young man who came kneeling and crying for prayer at the end of the second night after we showed “The Cross and the Switchblade”.

One of the most popular bible stories in the New Testament is the story of Zacchaeus, found in the nineteenth chapter of the Gospel of Luke. It is so popular that most of the children around the world can easily retell it in different versions. Even some ambitious pastors (in PNG) who love to dramatize telling this particular story have mixed up the name with Lazarus another popular bible name and quickly cover up by trading places of the characters on the sycamore tree. Yes it is funny – Lazarus climbs down the tree to the grave and Zacchaeus takes his rightful place!
On serious note, there was indeed more joy in heaven over one sinner who repented (Luke 15:7). Zacchaeus humbled himself to run ahead and choose a tree that would give him a clear view of Jesus as he walked by. To his surprise Jesus stopped directly below him and called him by name! Most of us do not know the name of this particular youth who came to us for prayer, but we know and rejoice because there was joy in heaven on that night; a lost son has returned to the Father!
CRMF’s vision for the film festival at the Rotary Park was to claim this place for the Lord and to see the Lord bring peace so that anyone that walks in the park will feel His presence. As the park is directly in front of our Communications Center, the headquarters for the ministry that exists to assist Churches with technology, we felt the one week film festival was a good thing to do and would do it again as an annual event.

 

Special appreciation for our neighbors and churches that helped to make this film festival a success. Below is story from the National Newspaper that ran an article about the very family that allowed us to pull our power extension lines onto the park.  January 7, 2014webmasterNational, Normal   Article Views: 190, Source: The National, Tuesday January 7th, 2014 .A family from Mt Hagen, Western Highlands, have taken the initiative to clean the Rotary Park in Goroka. Mother Lillian Peri with her children Kolina, McPolly and Tyson, and their

uncles spent Christmas and New Year cleaning the park which is next to their residence. They used their own equipment to clean up the rubbish. Peri said they will continue to do the clean up because the authorities did not perform their duties.
CRMF’s vision was to use movies to help people understand God’s grace, mercy and forgives in the lives of different ordinary people in the movies showed with prayer that those who have been to the film festival will clean up the rubbish of fear, unworthiness and sinfulness and wrong message of God’s love to everyone that the enemy has distorted in their lives

The program consisted of volleyball games from 3-5 pm followed by live music beautifully provided by St Johns’ Lutheran Youths before the films. Free coffee was available for all to have and enjoy the movies; thank you CRMF staff and churches for giving so that free coffee was available.

We can never thank the Lord enough for the beautiful weather because it rained on Monday afternoon but the nights were perfect with moonlight and then it rained on Saturday night!

He not only gave us fine weather but showed very clearly by allowing rain to fall two hours before the program started and allowed it to rain again on Saturday night!

Just as Jesus found Zacchaeus and called him by name, He found the young man at the Rotary Park and CRMF who sponsored the film festival much prayer for good weather found their Lord five times in the perfect weather! Jesus always finds us because he knows us by name.

Xing Stone Age

Xing Stone Age

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Daniel was one of the first to meet Gerhard, went to be with the Lord in January 2017

 Two weeks ago, a missionary walked into our office loaded with stories about people who have lived in the stone age era yet have had opportunities to experience God’s grace. They heard the Gospel by hearing the Scriptures from the MegaVoice Solar powered players and made life changing decisions. No wonder Gerhard Stamm could not stop talking about these people group and I could not stop grinning even after I saw him off with 20 more Envoys units, he had given away what he had! He always gives away!
Gerhard and Brigitta Stamm serve under Liebenzell Mission International and serve here in Papua New Guinea with the South Sea Evangelical Church (SSEC). His stories cover the people group who live in the boarders of Enga and East Sepik Provinces in the April River Region.

April River region

Some years ago he (Gerhard) was invited by the people of April River to visit Bikaru community on one of his ministry trips. During this visit a certain old man called Daniel caught his attention, because he was clearing his gardening area with a stone axe.
Yes Daniel had a stone axe in his hand and his nose had two flying fox bones sticking out at both ends. Gerhard gave him an audio bible (Ambassador) as a gift. Daniel learned to speak Tok Pisin as a result of listening to the Audio Bible and pretty soon he became a believer. The last time that Gerhard visited him was in December 2016 and in January this year, Daniel went away to be with his Lord.
We praise God for the technology of Bibles in audio format for God to reach out and touch our Stone Age people. Daniel was saved by listening to the Word of God from the solar powered audio player.
We are excited for our partners like Gerhard and Birgitta Stamm who are willing to walk 2days (1 day for locals) to provide opportunities so that the Word of God can reach the lost people groups living in the remotest places in our country.

The yellow pin marks the region where Gerhard and Birgitta give away audio bibles to the people who have lived both worlds.

Daniel went through two Audio Bible Units because he always used it and his favorite statement when Gerhard had time to visit him was, “I will never turn my back on Jesus”.
Gerhard Stamm with a former stone age man
Gerhard commend Lina and the team for making these resources available so that people out in the remotest parts of PNG can know about the love and the grace of God by listening to the audio bible.

It is indeed amazing that God’s grace is free and the Bible testifies that truth beyond doubt and in that same breath of grace he made technology as one of many facets to tell of his love to everyone including this particular people group that have lived in both worlds. God is indeed amazing!

Gerhard also shared about Joe who is an educated person but went blind and felt that his (Joe) education was useless to him as a blind person. When he heard the Word of God via the Envoy unit he exclaimed, ‘Dispela Buk em stret’ (This book tells the truth). ‘I know I cannot see but what I am hearing is so true’
He also shared about an old paralyzed man in the Wario River whose eye lit up when he saw and heard the audio bible. And Gerhard was still telling stories but he had to go… the twenty units he took with him will have another 20 new stories the next time he walks into the office.
Please join me as we praise God for missionaries like Gerhard and Brigitta who can give their time, their life to a people group who were never their own but by the love and the grace of God they can be part these people group.

Joe is almost blind but he had good ears to hear and know the truth

Stamms with the Bikaru people, who own a lot audio bible units

Thank you for all your prayers and support because without you we cannot reach the blind, the crippled and the Stone Aged. We are all reminded again of God’s word that does not return empty; he is faithful to His own Word, so let us be encouraged with what little we can do, an extra mile we can go, a new challenge we can face and help tell someone about the love and the grace of God. Jesus Christ is risen indeed let us tell those who have not heard yet!

Our Purpose

Our Purpose

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5 days to go for Manus Project BCT

In my closing remarks on graduation day I shared about a computer and a chicken. Both are items for us to use in our everyday life for food and work.

Depending on our workplaces, the computer and a chicken may play a very different role but we don’t spend much time and even bother to ask if they have something in common.

They both checked in at Lae’s Nazab airport destined for Momote Airport on Manus Island and rode in the cargo bay of the Air Niugini’s F100 aircraft as “consigned” passengers. Now, relax and enjoy inflight entertainment story about a computer and a chicken.

Laptop boxes consigned for Momote

Day old chicks also consigned for Momote

During the flight the chicken asked the computer, “Say, how many of you are in that box?” The computer replied; “There are ten of us in this box and another ten fellows in the other box” “So, there are twenty of you wow! So how are you planning to spend your time in Manus?” the chicken asked again. “Oh this is routine two week drill and we do this almost every month in different parts of Papua New Guinea, we do travel a lot”. “That’s great so you are ready for this one?” “Actually, we are a bit nervous as we have discovered that each of us will be serving about two or three people at the same time. We are not young anymore and I am not sure if we can survive the coastal heat and humidity for the next two weeks”. “What about you fellows, seems like a regular run to me?” Yep! We do this route on weekly bases and most of us will find work in Asian shops and the Harbor Side Hotel, the town market and if we are lucky we get to see the nice sandy beaches in other parts of Manus and the little islands. By the way, we know most of the kitchens in Lorengau town. Hey man great talking to you, the captain has told the cabin crew to prepare for landing, bye”  

The computer and the chicken both play significant roles to address the needs of man (bible definition) because man is the cream of all creation. God blessed the man to have dominion over other creatures (Genesis 1:26 – 30).

The Psalmists in Psalm 8 describes the glory of God with every other creation in the expanses of the universe and describes the dignity that God bestowed for man in the whole tapestry of creation.

No wonder the adversary of all mankind did everything to disrupt the plan of salvation, as a case in point (Luke 4: 1- 13).

Part of the graduates, with Pastor Davis, who missed out in Goroka BCT Training with ABWE.

Now toward the end of the chapter, after defeating Satan with the temptations Jesus announced the year of the Lord’s favor as prophesied by Isaiah (61:1). The year of the Lord has already come and the adversary continues to wage war against man.

This particular stretch of beach was where the first missionary landed, a strategic spot to reflect on the purpose of ministry

Being in Manus for the last two weeks has been a good reflection time for me; looking back at the number of training done by the CRMF Learning Technologies team for the last five years. The five year stats look great and we give glory and honor to God for such a ministry. But you see I was not focusing on the stats and the testimonies of how needs are being met in this kind of training but rather on the ultimate purpose of what we do.

For me and the tiny cycle of impact that the team is involved in, I ask my self – is it worth it? I miss my wife and children due to constant travel for training and so it was an important time for reflection.

Participants doing their presentation under Lina’s supervision

I did not reflect on any particular Scripture but took a branch and started to write on the sand of the number of days remaining to tie up the Manus project. As I wrote my focus went back to the current training, the 50 participants and then zooming in on the different participants and resting on the two inmates. The man that God created as His master piece, why are they behind bars, why are they separated from their loved ones and missing out on the daily routine of life in a community. Is there hope for them after their term?

Can our little ministry make an impact in today’s communities experiencing social issues, corruption and crime? As iron sharpens iron, how can we equip the Churches so that pastors, ministry workers and Christians become good models for Christ and not just stats for denominations? God did everything in his power to save man from eternal death and so likewise we do our little bit to in our day and time to save this master piece – man.
Two happy inmates at graduation day with their female Warden officer

I thank God for the numerous organizations and ministry groups around the globe whose goal is to bring His Word to the lost in numerous ways in their unique ways in this age and time. CRMF’s Learning Technologies has this wonderful God given vision to be the “Technology for the Church” in the area of providing basic computing skills to pastors and ministry workers.

The Manus project has given the team a glimpse of a wider purpose of the impact of its training and the importance of a good partnership with a Church.

We praise God for the partnership with Evangelical Church Of Manus (ECOM), its leadership and Manus Bible Translation Organisation (MBTO) for the opportunity to work together to give hope for all man. Our prayer is that an ongoing relationship be established on Manus Island so that we can be part of the ultimate purpose for God by partnering and serving the different churches on Manus Island.

Excited participants with their certificates. The background is the Admin office for ECOM.