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!

NEW ARMAMENT TO KNOCK EVERY HOME

NEW ARMAMENT TO KNOCK EVERY HOME

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Three main resources used for TechMin Workshop – PDF handout, laptop and mobile phone

Jesus promised that he will be us till the end of the age. This is a wonderful promise and as Christians, we are glad of this promise that Jesus is forever with us. Ok fine Jesus is with me where ever I am, however when I go back in this same verse I discover the commandment to “teach them everything”. Hold on – was teaching part of the deal for Jesus to be always with me? Maybe, if my work involves teaching, what if my work does not involve teaching? Let me go back one more verse and really understand this promise by Jesus. Straight away I bump into this; “Baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit” – ok there is more than meets the eye of having the knowledge that Jesus had promised to be with me!

Small group work

In the context of the Great Commission and someone out in the field fulfilling the great commission, it is more assuring, relevant and closer to the heart than someone like me in a CRMF office in Goroka. In general yes Jesus through the Holy Spirit is with me where ever I am, but the promise of Jesus may not have the same intensity as one who is knocking on every home in PNG with a goal to share the Good News.
My team’s work at CRMF does not involve the baptizing part but a little bit of indirect teaching and assisting those who are directly involved in teaching to be effective to what and how they teach. Effective in the sense of being able to utilize appropriate technologies available to make an impact to today’s generation, to be effective in sharing the Good News with technologies available and sharing via Social Media of what the Lord is doing in the remotest part of our country.
As a team we praise God that he brought Every Home for Christ (EHC) PNG across our training path in March 2017 to conduct a basic computing skills training for their missionaries. EHC has an eight month Discipleship Training School (DTS) to train nationals to be sent out to the different parts of the country to serve as missionaries.  Again this year we were with them to conduct Technology for Ministry workshop as part of their training for their new batch of DTS students.
After the basic computing skills training debrief and course evaluations last year, the CRMF team and the leadership of EHC agreed that a Technology for Ministry (TechMin) training would be more appropriate for EHC missionaries. As a result the TechMIn workshop for EHC was a successful one because we delivered what the missionaries and their director wanted; a training that addresses the needs that a EHC missionary in the filed would need.

EHC Direcctor Rev. Aaron Nikkie participating in the workshop

The director for EHC PNG, Pastor Aaron Nikkie’s ongoing desire is to have good reports that were coming in from the regions to be captured as good audio, video and photos to display the impact of ministry in PNG.

Also on an international EHC world, it would be a professional way to present what the Lord is doing in PNG to other EHC centers in the world. One of the regional coordinator who took both the basic computer and the TechMin course said that short videos clips are a great way to tell stories in our oral culture when evangelizing or setting up inroads to do discipleship work.

He added that video clips that they develop will have the same effect when we share clips or audio recordings of testimonies that the Lord brings about in the outreach program.
With the needs as expressed by the director and a regional coordinator, the team’s job is made easier because we have fair knowledge of what EHC wants and have collected a number of resources and mobile apps to assist EHC with their goal to reach every home.

Small group participation consisted of two main areas; of developing media and selecting appropiate strategy to share the media produced.

The applications and notes used in the training to produce media include Audicity, Wavepad, Open Camera, AudioVideo Factory, Filmora, MovieMaker and the PDF document titled “Mobile Ministry Made Easy”. Whats App, Texting, Bluetooth, CShare, Shareit and a couple more were used to share media. A Mini FM Radio station was also demonstrated as a channel for shaing media.

Ps. Bonny trying out the FM station

We commend the nationals who have answered the call to be missionaries in their own country with the challenge of the rugged terrain and the 800 plus cultures and belief systems with all the other daily challenges of life in a country like PNG. Now given that situation, the promise of Jesus’ presence becomes a solid foundation to keep on going when times are rough.

We are privileged that even though our team may not go but we will continue to be part of EHC’s yearly DTS training with a very specific goal. The goal is to train the missionaries to be equipped so that they can capture testimonies out in the field with decent quality and give quality audio, video and pictorial reports and testimonies of what the Lord is doing to the director and the staff at headquarters in Mt Hagen.

All these can be done using mobile phones; and that is what the team did at the recent TechMin workshop at Every Home for Christ base in Hagen.

LTPNG BUILDS WINDMILLS

LTPNG BUILDS WINDMILLS

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Markham river bed heading toward Awan
“When the winds of change blow, some seek shelter, others build windmills”Chinese Proverb

In the last five years of conducting various workshops for churches and missions organization in the country the CRMF Learning Technologies team have come in contact with different leaders. These are man and woman leaders who have the zeal to make a difference in their area of ministry.

Since the introduction of technology in Papua New Guinea, these leaders we have worked together with have embraced technology for the purpose of equipping their workers for ministry. Most of them have humbled themselves and admitted their lack of skills and the lack of knowledge of the appropriate tools available to be effective in today’s generation.
These are the leaders who have identified the winds of change and have decided to build wind mills! We have also heard about the negative respond for utilizing technology for ministry because of its negative influence of internet pornography and other social problems related to the wrong use of Social Media like Facebook. These would be the leaders taking shelter from the winds of change with the sad fact that opportunities for ministry are passing by.
Pastor Willie preaching at a Youth Camp 2017
As technology for the Church in PNG, the Lord has helped us to work very closely with such leaders who are prepared to build wind mills. This working relationship fits in perfectly with our key Scripture that we often use at the beginning of all our workshops; Ephesians 4:12. for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ. This can be done in many creative ways.
Agape Bible School students and Awan youths playing volleyball and being exposed to the Gospel.
Through these years it has been a good Bible verse to explain the purpose and the vision of the training we desire to deliver. In the context of the Chinese proverb, we thank the Lord for the leadership of CRMF to recognize the “winds of change” and steer the team toward embracing the vision of being the technology for the church thus the delivery of basic computing skills to pastors and ministry leaders. As strong advocates for using technology for ministry, we are grateful for these leaders of the different churches and mission organizations who have opted to integrate the use of technology in their ministry plans, especially with training and equipping of their workers.
This has made our job easier by spending less time to do awareness and more time to adapt courses to meet the specific needs. “Technology for Ministry” is the direct result of working together with churches and ministry leaders who are willing to embrace technology for ministry and CRMF’s ability and competence to offer training as requested.
Lutheran Renewal Church’s Agape Bible College in Mutzin, Markham District was the first attempt by the team for this new training. The goal of TechMin workshop is to have the participants know the state of mobile internet and the options for ministry in the country. This is done by comparing the stats from the global, regional (Asia Pacific) and local level (PNG). With the knowledge of the opportunities available, they learn about the strategies that other countries are using to do ministry and select or adapt some of these strategies for their own ministry environment.
Pastor Saling, staff of Agape Bible on air during FM session.
The major part of this particular segment consists of selecting strategies that could work, collect appropriate apps and resources and trial various strategies to share media developed. The Mini FM Radio station was also demonstrated to give exposure to the participants as another strategy to share information and other resources.
Although it was the team’s trial attempt, the community of Awan, where the Agape Bible College is located did not see this as a trial but an opportunity and an honor to launch the new training. It was indeed a launch because the leaders of Awan community requested that the training be put on hold until a proper “Markham Welcome” was done to recognize the team as special guest to the community and more importantly the new training to be happening in their own community.
Carolyn & Lina at the welcome meal
For the director and founder of Agape Bible College, Pastor Willie, the TechMin training was a very significant event to help his people see the importance of having a Bible college in their community; and as a result attract an organization like CRMF to work together to build up the college.

As facilitators for the first ever TechMin workshop we thank the Lord for Director and staff of Agape Bible College, Awan Community, Bible School students and other participants who took this training. We have learned a lot from this workshop to help us prepare better for the second TechMin with Every Home for Christ.

Yes we are grateful for those leaders who are sensitive to the winds of change so that together we can build windmills to the ultimate goal of equipping the saints for the work of ministry.

FM antena, WhatsApp demo. and Group instructions