Kamasawi HF Installation

Kamasawi HF Installation

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Forty kilometers away from a large logging site is Kamasawi, a village of about 800 people. Remote and surrounded by jungle, the village’s only key to the outside world has been the logging company. Though it recently tried to build a new airstrip for Kamasawi, it wasn’t able to be completed due to a shortage of funds. This was and continues to be a great disappointment for the village. Before, the villagers would have to travel about a hundred kilometers to get to the nearest cellular coverage area. There was no immediate communication to the outside world.  But that soon would change.

MAF generously funded the radio, and flew one of CRMF’s technicians to install it.

 “When the HF Radio installation was completed the people of Kamasawi were very pleased to know that their link to the outside for help and medevacs in times of emergencies was at their door step. They were also very happy to make calls from the HF radio to mobile phones and landlines in towns and cities using the ‘Telephone Interconnect’ that CRMF also provides.”

 – David Feka, CRMF head technician.

The village was full of joy as they saw David’s progress every day. When about to leave, they insisted our technician be dressed up in their traditional attire and they held a short thank you ceremony.

They fared me well with traditional bilas as I was picked up by MAF to show their appreciation.”

 – David Feka

Several more radios will be installed over the next few months, all sponsored by MAF. We are excited to be a part of this new project and see lives and communities transformed.

Technology is best when it brings people together.” – Matt Mullenweg

This Radio Might Look…

This Radio Might Look…

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This radio might look dirty, old, and unimportant, but this radio is vital to rural communities in Papua New Guinea. This radio has the ability to save a life.

Papua New Guinea is known for having very mountainous terrain, which is the key contributor to the isolation of communities.

Recently, we helped organize a medevac for a woman located in a very remote village in the Madang province. This village had no accessible roads close by, was a two days hike away from the nearest hospital and had no health worker and no clinic. The only way this woman- who was having premature labor pains, passing out, and loosing a lot of blood- was going to make it, was through a medevac flight. Luckily for her, her village had access to a radio and sat just on the edge of an airstrip. Saturday morning the village was able to contact CRMF, who monitors their radio 24/7, and we helped organize a medevac with MAF.

But what if that old, dirty radio hadn’t worked? What if it hadn’t been there? Chances are that mother would have died.

CRMF continues to make radio installs all over PNG. We also travel to remote communities to repair their radios. In a world of changing technology, this radio network, established in early 1950’s, hasn’t gone out of style. The need is still present: as long as there continues to be remote communities isolated by terrain this radio will remain in use.

This old, dirty, dusty radio will continue to save lives.

When God Makes A Way

When God Makes A Way

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“God will make a way, where there seems to be no way, He works in ways we cannot see or understand.” Justina (CRMF’s HF Radio Operator) excitedly repeated.  

It was on an early Tuesday morning around 8:15am, last month when our CRMF’s HF Radio Operator, Justina, received an urgent call from Honinabi MAF reporting that a woman named Naomi Eseta had been in labor pain for 5 days, and the situation had worsen leaving her in a critical condition. Justina  quickly responded  by making a call to Dr. Kavin at Rumginae Hospital to get medical advice, but due to network issues Justina was unable to reach him or get a response from him so she texted him on her phone regarding the emergency.
Dr. Kavin responded to Justina’s text saying it was a case of emergency and suggested an arrangement with MAF Kiunga for pick up and transport as soon as possible to Rumginae Hospital. Justina called MAF Kiunga and MAF Hagen to make an arrangement for transportation, but there were no planes available. Meanwhile, Honinabi was still calling in and giving Justina updates on the mother, Naomi Eseta, reporting that the situation had escalated and her condition had worsened needing immediate transport.
Justina did all she could to help, but was left with no other option. As she thought all hope was lost; she received a call from Mogulu Radio Station, in Western Province saying that Terrick, a Central Aviation pilot from Goroka was with them and they would relay the medevac to him to help transport the patient to Rumginae Hospital. That same day around 4:30pm, Terrick flew out from Mogulu to Honinabi where he picked up Naomi and flew her to Rumginae Hospital. Once Naomi arrived the doctors immediately performed an operation and delivered the baby. Later that week, doctors reported to Mogulu Health Center that, Naomi and her baby were both doing well.
The next day Justina shared the exciting testimony and news with the entire CRMF team and  we all rejoiced with her and praised Papa God for His miraculous help and timing in situations like this. We thank Papa God for our CRMF’s HF Radio Operator, Justina who respond to the emergency call and was determine to help in every way she could. And we also thank Papa God for Pilot Terrick from Goroka’s Central Aviation, who was in that province at the right time to provide help to Naomi Eseta.

CRMF, Blessed to be a Blessing

CRMF, Blessed to be a Blessing

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“It is a wonderful feeling when someone blesses you and that you in turn can be a channel to bless others.”

This week, Paul Wyld, owner of Procureit Australia in Brisbane, donated five wheel chairs to CRMF. Two of this wheel chairs where donated to the Women’s Ward at the Goroka General Hospital while the other wheel chair was a huge blessing to Rose Bobola, an elderly woman who’s disabled. When receiving the wheel chair Rose Bobola stated ~
“I’ve always desired to attend church but because of the disability of not being able to walk, I’ve struggled to get there, but now that I’m blessed with the wheel chair I can attend church and move about.”
The two remaining chairs were given to the newly built EBC Kassam District Hospital. Present to receive these were the Agency Health Secretary for EBC, Japalis Kaiok with Information Officer, wife Matilda Kaiok and Program Officer Willie Niniko. The donation of wheel chairs were presented to them by CRMF General Manager, Micheal Wakefield and CRMF Deputy General Manager, Bryan Matthew.
We will use the two wheel chairs for their purposes and will continue to embrace the already built partnership we have with CRMF. Japalis Kaiok

Agency Health Secretary, EBC Health Services

The wheel chairs are a huge blessing and the smile on everyone’s faces says it all.

CRMF does not take for granted receiving these donations, and appreciates Procureit Australia and all other business houses and partners who have helped in this way in the past.   When we give our time, effort and support we are being a blessing, and when we become a blessing we impact. We thank God our Father again that with the blessing that continue to flow through to CRMF, we get to impact and be a blessing to our community.

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/