WIFIBible With You

WIFIBible With You

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The Solar WIFIBible device is another of the WIFIBible models that CRMF developed. It consists of a small 12 volts WIFIBible device, built into the battery box of a solar kit. It is powered by the battery box which gets its power source from a 15 watts solar panel. CRMF have built twenty of these models for remote areas with no access to power or electricity.
These models are not sold, but loaned out to people. Before installing these devices, people come to us and fill out forms to recommend a location for us to go and install. This form requires people to point out locations where people commonly hang out, gather, or pass by. From that feedback we pick out a location and go and install it.
The first installation was with one of our own staff member Nicholas Jowapo, at his village, Nalepa. He is also a pastor at the CLC church in the village which is located outside of Goroka town. He had recommended his sister’s trade store for the solar WIFIBible install. During the installation a small crowd gathered around the trade store to watch. After that we talked to them about the WIFIBible and showed them how to get free biblical content from it.
That Sunday, Pastor Nicholas made an announcement about the device to his congregation and encouraged them to go to his sister’s trade store and download free biblical contents to their mobile devices.
The second installation was at a Foursquare Gospel Church at Wantrifu village in Asaro valley, some 100 kilometers outside of Goroka town. One of our female staff members had recommended the location. She connected us with the pastor’s son, who asked us to install a device at their church, Foursquare Gospel Church. It was a wet morning when we went to the village for the installation, we met the Pastor on the road to the village and he informed us that his son was waiting for us.
When we arrived, the Pastor’s son and some of his boys helped us get on the roof to mount the solar panel. After that we mounted the battery box on the wall next to the pulpit and connected the cable from the solar to charge it. While the boys put up the stickers and the poster, we browsed through the WIFIBible on his (pastor’s son) phone and showed him all the contents and how to download them to his phone.
The third installation was at Waritsian village in the Markham area of Lae, Morobe Province.  The location was at a Pastor’s house which was along the road going into the village. While his boys helped us with mounting the solar panel on the roof of the house, we put up the battery box inside the house and connected the cable from the solar to power it up. We then connected to the device and went through it with the Pastor and his son. They put up the stickers at the back of the wall facing the road. The poster was pinned up outside the wall next to the door.
We had asked EBC Health to partner with us in installing the remaining thirteen solar WIFIBible kits in all their Health Centre Facilities. Most of these centres are located around the remote areas of Jiwaka, Eastern Highlands, Morobe and Madang Provinces.
During our last trip down to Lae to pack Bibles for Bougainville, we also prepared the first device for the EBC Health Facility at 6 Mile Lae and two 12 volts WIFIBible for the Highway PMV buses traveling between Lae and Madang.
Arriving at the EBC Health office it was already packed with people coming to see the health workers. We informed the workers that we were there to do the installation and they told us that they were aware of us doing the installation and that their main office informed them to ask us to do the installation at their new facility but since it wasn’t opened yet, we installed it at the facility that they were currently using.
While we were still mounting the battery box, one of the EBC workers who come around to help us with the ladder, announced to the people waiting outside, about the WIFIBible and what it has on it. We then gave them a poster to put outside the office and once the poster was up, one of them had already gotten her phone out to check out the WIFIBible while a small crowd of three to four people gathered around to read the poster.
After that we went to the Lae highway bus stop for the two WIFIBible bus installs. One crew approached us thinking that we needed transport. We told him about the WIFIBible and that we are doing a free installation on two highway buses and we needed permission from the bus owner. He was in a hurry and asked for a brochure. Another crew approached us and we told him about the WIFIBible and he brought us to the driver who is also the owner of the bus.
We explained to the owner about the WIFIBible and he told us to go ahead and install it while one of his crew filled out his details on the customer form. After that we put up two WIFIBible stickers and gave them the instructions. The bus name was “Yumi Yet Rong”; it travels on the Lae – Hagen – Lae route.
The other crew is from the Damsai Bus, which travelled the Madang – Lae – Madang route. The crew saw us holding the WIFIBible and came over asking what it is. We explained that it’s a device that has biblical contents on it and that you can access from a mobile phone without the use of data and we also told them that we were installing them for free on any highway PMV buses. We needed the permission and details of the owner before doing the installation.
He said that the bus driver is the owner’s son. He left us and went to talk with the driver about it. They called us over and told us to go ahead and install it. We explain and informed the driver about how they can use their device to connect and download the contents from the WIFIBible and we also informed him to tell his passengers about it. After that we put up the two WIFIBible stickers on his bus then we gave them further instructions and left the bus stop.
We are excitedly planning our next Solar WIFIBible install and praying that all of them have impact in people’s lives.

HEART IDENTITY

HEART IDENTITY

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Huꞌmau ma melugu bonaꞌi asaga kumu lagaꞌa besinaꞌmu luto sipi ginaga nofigo gi moneko panaꞌasi ho lifigo limiꞌehina. Asaga bonaꞌmagi aitoga keheli uleꞌale hite komopaꞌani molo emite mefililana minoba minoba hilanaꞌmu yabe.

John 3:16 in Benabena language

Yes the heart moving message that God sent his only son so that all who believe in him will have eternal life. And let me tell you, it becomes more clear because it is in the heart language.

More languages can be found on the WiFi Bible Box on the PMV’s with the WiFi Bible sticker.

The main arena at the recent Goroka show was filled with colourfully dressed people from different provinces. They were dressed differently but they would all fit in the Melanesian traditional dressing for celebrations category.

The only distinct difference would be the songs they sang in their own mother tongue, their heart language!

In our previous WiFi Bible blog stories, we shared about our excitement because of the number of PMV owners who allowed us to install on their vehicles. You would have noted too that stickers were becoming more attractive that some PMV operators wanted the WiFi stickers without the WiFi Bible device!

The reason for our excitement in this article is that during one of the installs the crew members of one of the bus discovered that their heart language – Benabena was on the WiFi Bible! They could not stop smiling as Carolyn did a demo of how to assist passengers to download resources onto their mobile phones.

We saw the same excitement for the Adzera speakers during the Markham District Youth Camp in December of 2017. I also saw it in the face of my friend Samuel Saleng a Numanngan speaker who downloaded the Scriptures in his heart language at our front counter.

We are more excited because passengers can go through the 200 plus languages that are on the WiFi Bible box to download the Scriptures in their heart language.

We thank the Lord for the partnership of PNG Bible Translation Association (BTA) for the permission to distribute.

We get excited in so many situations and for different reason but it all boils down to one main reason; that it involves something very close to our lives and something we can identify with. Our prayer is that the travelling public who get on the WiFi Bible PMV’s will discover their heart language and get excited to learn about the promises of God in their heart language.

Free Highway

Free Highway

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Tenk yu olsem God em i salim yu kam long rait taim, taim mi kam stap long em na nau yet bai yu putim long tuple bus blo mi wantaim. (Tok Pisin) –  [“Thank God that He has sent you here at the right time so that while I am here I want you to do installations on two of my buses.”] Gogirox Bus Service Owner

Gogirox Bus Service

The owner of the Goroka based Gogirox  Bus Service which does the Goroka Lae Goroka route on the main Papua New Guinea highway was so glad that a CRMF team turned up to install WIFIBible on public buses. MAF Netherlands has purchased twenty 12 volts WIFIBible devices to be installed for free on 20 PMV Buses. In our earlier story titled “Privileged Passenger” we concluded with this statement – 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 WIFIBible devices on their vehicles.
We appreciate MAF Netherlands for the support and prayers by putting a WIFIBible device on public vehicles to entertain passengers for a greater trip. This installment on the AGAPE bus was the first of the twenty devices that MAF Netherlands sponsored and by the time we visited the central bus stop twice the team was able to install a total of nine new installs in a week!
We started off by giving out the free advertisement posters of the twenty free installs and they couldn’t believe it, asking us again if it was free, they even asked for the price because they could not believe the poster! We assured them that it has been paid off already and all they need to do now is say YES for the device to be installed!
After more explanation and more poster distribution and one bus install the team were busy with installations and filling the necessary forms by the owners, it took one bus owner to say yes and the other eight followed suit. Isn’t this a perfect example of the free gift of eternal life that God offers to everyone and instead of reaching out to accept it, we question its sincerity. Somehow the very truth that is supposed to draw us to God immediately becomes a barrier and slows down our response to accept a free gift. Romans 6:23
Fuzzy Wuzzy was next!  Fuzzy Wuzzy bus named after the famous war carriers on Kokoda Trail in World War 2 does the Goroka Hagen Goroka route. Its crew members confused the WIFIBible Device with an mp3 player and we had to explain it plainly to them that it is not, it’s like connecting to the internet with phone data but this is better, it does not need data connection and will not need your credit either. All the resources are loaded and available for you to download and share for free.
Six Pocket was next to fully understand that it was free! This bus which does the Goroka Hagen Goroka route is named after the popular six pockets shorts that everyone likes to wear in Papua New Guinea. This install was more fun than the other two, the bus driver and the crew were so excited to have it on their bus.
While the device was still booting up and the driver was shown how to use it, the crew were already fighting over who is going to put on the stickers on the bus! Some of the crew members are not even permanent workers for Six Pocket Bus Service but this is one way where our people share together; even in a brief moment together looking serious as crew members for the camera man.
The driver even wanted his own picture with the device and he couldn’t stop totting the horn while we were taking a picture of the crew. When we returned to the CRMF’s Communication Centre, one of the Hagen based bus followed the team and asked for installation.

It was an exciting experience with all these installs, and there are 10 more left to install.

Most of the highway buses from the upper highlands areas and the coastal areas travel between Goroka. The upper highlands areas include buses mostly from Mt Hagen in Western Highlands Province, and a few from other upper highlands areas. The coastal routes include Lae the second city in Papua New Guinea and Madang in the Madang Province which is north of Goroka.

We thank the Lord for the strategic location here in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province, because our location is central to the bus routes that go higher into the highlands and lower to the coastal towns of Lae and Madang. The team’s plan is to visit the Goroka bus stop again next week and install the remaining 10 devices.

Please pray with us as we would really love to cover the Lae Madang route, as we have had fun seeing the crew members fighting to put stickers on their buses, ha-ha, but on serious note give every opportunity for the traveling public to hear the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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/

TSCF: Hanging Out With the WIFIBible

TSCF: Hanging Out With the WIFIBible

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The Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship (TSCF) invested in two WIFIBIble devices which they then presented to the Highlands Regional School of Nursing and Goroka Business College. In the Highlands Reginal School of Nursing, the WIFIBible is set up in their recreational hall where most of the students hang out and study. WIFIBible had provided them with another way of passing their time, by creating an opportunity to access and download free biblical contents tot their mobile devices.
.At the Goroka Business College the WIFIBible device is setup in their library. The library is a quiet place to research and study. The books and the resources in the library are to be borrowed and given back, but the WIFIBible has provided a way that students can access and download resources for free which they can use themselves and share with others.

Deo installing the WIFIBIBLE.

Lukas with a student going through how to access files via the WIFIBIBLE.