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.

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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!