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Radio Installed in Biaidi

by | Dec 13, 2019 | HF Radio, What CRMF Does

Pastor Jinga (in the yellow shirt) pictured with his family.

The opening of the new EBC Church in Biaidi.

Pastor Jinga and his family lived for 3 years at Biaidi, a day’s walk from Sirisiri at Goodenough bay (Milne Bay Province) to plant a new EBC church (Evangelical Brotherhood Church).

This area is very much controlled by animism belief and very few Christians are found there.
The main belief at Biaidi is Bahai. It is a religion that has been introduced from Persia.

Pastor Jinga, his family and the community of Biaidi celebrate the opening of the new EBC church. The Church only consist of Pastor Jinga and his family. Pray that the whole community will come to know the Lord.

The missionary family reside & work in Biaidi independently for the last first two years by establishing this new church. Without any means of communication close by it made it very difficult for them to keep in touch with families, Christians and the EBC head quarter outside. The only way to receive communication was to travel to town and that was a long distance away from where they reside and to get there would be another expense. Sometimes they would try to get a mobile phone signal after half a day’s walk up the mountain. However this was mostly unsuccessful.

When I arrived at the village to install the HF radio, the pastors wife started to cry as finally the so long hoped for communication had arrived in their community.
They are now able to share their struggles, challenges and prayer points with other Christians and get the moral support from the head quarter they have so longed for. And in addition to that, it has become easier for communication in cases of medical emergencies.

Lukas installs the HF radio in Biaidi with the helping hands of the Biaidi people.

To live in this remote valley is not easy. It is accompanied by a lot of hardships. The kids living there would have to cross a river every day to go to school and this was dangerous especially when it rained as the current would become very strong. And in cases of medical emergencies, injuries or illnesses for the villagers to receive medical help is also another challenge because it would take one and a half days of long walks with the extra heavy loads of cargo which are part of the daily living.

But the lord helps them in so many ways and shows His mighty power. There was a time when their younger son broke his collar bone. The people from the surrounding community wanted to help with magic, but Pastor Jinga refused and prayed to God. The Lord showed up and healed his young boy miraculously.

Please pray with us for the strengthening of the church at Biaidi and that the people there can be set free from the darkness and fear that rule their lives. They are even afraid to go out to the toilets at night because they believe they will die if they get touched by fire flies as ties to their superstition belief that fire flies possess magical powers.

We pray and believe that in Christ Jesus alone can He bring peace and knowledge in their lives, as we believers, believe and know that He rules over all the powers and principalities of this world.

“For two years we were not able to communicate with our head office, and we thought they had forgotten about us and must have thought we were dead.”

Quote from: Pastor Jinga

Lukas Schadegg, November 2019

 

We praise the Lord that Lukas was able to complete the radio install in Biaidi. We are thankful to Mission Aviation Fellowship who fundraised to sponsor this recent radio project for the people in Biaidi. Without MAF’s faithful support and help we wouldn’t be in a position to help provide the needed service to people such as Jinga, his family and the people in Biaidi. This Radio is an answer to their prayer.

For pastor Jinga and his family this gives them hope that they are not alone in their mission work in Biaidi. They are now able to connect to the outside world and get both physical and spiritual support through radio communication. Thank you MAF!