PRIVILEGED PASSENGER

PRIVILEGED PASSENGER

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On Monday (16th July) he drove his bus as soon the main gate was open for business to get the Wi-Fi installed. To his joy he discovered that a free WiFi Bible device was to be installed in his bus.
In this day and age when everything requires money in exchange for items or service, the sound of a FREE something really sounds sweet to the ear. A Goroka based bus owner of “AGAPE Bus Lines” was at a loss of words when he was notified that he would get a free WiFiBible device for his bus. The CRMF Sales guys had talked to him last Friday (13th July) that CRMF had a special project that installs free Wi-Fi device that lets you download resources without data or internet connection.
This was the first of the twenty WiFi Bible units that was donated by MAF Netherlands for CRMF to install on PMVs (public motor vehicles).  What a privilege to get on a public transport that has free entertainment that is available kilometre by kilometre! All you need is a mobile phone, activate your Wi-Fi via settings on your phone and everything is yours free of charge!
Oh and yes this is unlike the ones at the airport terminals and big shopping malls where you lose your signal when you move. This is a special one that is with you every inch of the trip and if you care to look over the shoulder of the passenger in front of you will notice a small box attached to the cigarette lighter; that is your box of free resources.
The free Wi-Fi is just a cover of something which has more value than the actual price of the little square box. Imagine you have a bus ride from Goroka in the Eastern Highlands and your plan is to go to Lae in the Morobe Province. You have about five hours of travel ahead of you, what are you going to do? Then imagine you have a seat on Agape Bus which has a small WiFi router device that you can access with your phone and download all different kinds of songs, videos, and Christian materials for free with NO charge to your Digicel or BMobile credit! That would make the ride more enjoyable and refreshed by the music or by the Scriptures.
The goal of CRMF installing WiFiBible on public motor vehicles is to give opportunity to all Papua New Guineans who travel our main highway to hear the Gospel of Christ. The Bible reminds us all that before Jesus comes back His Gospel “must first be proclaimed to all nations” Mark 13:10. We at CRMF see a great opportunity to help the Church spread the Good News with ways we are good at; via technology.
Riding on a WiFi Bible equipped bus with free bibles, Gospel music, video clips is a golden opportunity to have an encounter with the Lord. Five hours is quite a long time for nothing special to happen to you.

We invite you to take a ride and discover the free resources that are available.

We thank the bus owners who are willing to partner with Jesus to reach out to their own country men and women by allowing CRMF to install WiFi Bible devices on their vehicles.  We appreciate MAF Netherlands for the support and prayers by putting a WiFi Bible on public vehicles to entertain passengers for a greater trip.

What CRMF Does: (Part 2) WIFIBible

What CRMF Does: (Part 2) WIFIBible

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CRMF’s tagline is Tech for the Church. One of our goals as a ministry is to create appropriate technological solutions to share the gospel. The WIFIBible is a small wireless router that does just that. What’s a router? A router is a small device that sends out a WIFI signal, so anyone can connect to the internet. But this router is special. Its signal doesn’t cost any credit/money to connect. People can connect automatically to the WIFIBible website and download any of our material that they want

WIFIBible contains many different Christian resources that can help people in their Christian life. It contains gospel music, the Bible in 200 Papua New Guinean languages, Jesus film, evangelistic material, videos,  and mobile apps. How does this device help the people of PNG?

The WIFIBible on the Bus

The WIFIBible is installed on some of the PMV (Public Motor Vehicle) buses which travel on the main Highway between Lae – Madang – Mt.Hagen. The buses that are equipped with the WIFIBible can be recognized by the WIFIBible stickers on the front and the side of the bus. The passengers traveling on the Highway bus can access the resources while traveling to their destinations!

The WIFIBible on the Plane

MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) planes in Papua New Guinea are equipped with the WIFIBible. As MAF serves some of the most remote areas in PNG, even the isolated people will benefit from the WIFIBible. The device on the plane is battery powered and is switched on while the cargo is off-loaded at an airstrip in the remote areas.

The WIFIBible in the Bush

We have now developed a solar-powered WIFIBible that can be run in remote bush locations. Setup in a pastor’s house, a church building, or anywhere even if there is no power grid!

The WIFIBIble at Schools:

We installed a WIFIBible at the local Goroka high school. The principal of the school discussed with us his concern of the students viewing negative and destructive material on their phones and that he wanted to offer them a better alternative. Now students can download good Christian music and content any time they’re at school, then go home and share it with their family and village.

The WIFIBible is also located at different churches and bookstores all around Goroka area. To learn more about the WIFIBible, visit their website. http://wifibible.org/

What CRMF Does (Part 1)

What CRMF Does (Part 1)

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CRMF stands for Christian Radio Missionary Fellowship. Sounds a lot like MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) right? We operate under the umbrella of MAF as a program in PNG. Our goal as a mission is to provide quality technology and support to churches and missions in PNG.
CRMF offers a variety of services. One of our main services is installing HF radios in the remotest parts of PNG, providing isolated people with the means of communication. PNG  is very mountainous and most often there is no reliable transportation from the jungles to the towns/cities. We monitor our channel 24/7 and help organize medevacs with MAF. We have been able to help save hundreds of lives.
This lady started having complications with her pregnancy. Due to her history of having miscarriages the remote village radioed in and asked us to medevac her out to the Goroka hospital. We contacted MAF and she was flown in.
The following pictures are of a radio install we performed at a remote village school in the highlands. The education department needed a way to communicate with the teachers. So CRMF was contacted.
CRMF main radio control center is located in Goroka. During work hours CRMF monitors the radio. After hours staff members are required to help with monitoring duties. This means we monitor the radio all day, night, and even during the weekends to assist with any emergencies in Papua New Guinea that get called in through our radio frequency.

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.