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Restoring the old for better communication

by | Dec 20, 2021 | What CRMF Does

The Hauna HF Radio installation is the result of combined survey by MAF PNG, MAF Technologies and Rural Airstrip Authority (RAA) in 2019. Hauna is a Village in the East Sepik Province and is situated along the Mighty Sepik River, which is the longest and second largest River on the mainland of Papua New Guinea.  In serpent like form, it flows for 1126km through swamplands, tropical rainforests and mountains. This river system sustains many communities who live along its banks and waterways, Hauna is one of these community.

Hauna community had its share of outside contact with US Wycliffe translators in 1967. Marilyn Laszlo is the well-known missionary who started the translation project and later joined by Shirley Killosky in 1972 to start the literacy side of the project.

As Marilyn translated the Bible into the unwritten Sepik Iwam language, Shirley taught the people of Hauna to read and write in their heart language. Together, Marilyn and Shirley also did medical work and trained the people of Hauna to operate a local school, store, medical clinic, and a church.

Marilyn passed away in in September 2021 leaving a legacy of a ministry called “Sepik Christian Ministry” which has a completed New Testament in Iwam language dedicated in 1991, a top up primary school (Grade 8) and a sub-health centre

This beautiful environment is filled with amazing variety of flora and fauna which provide food and resources to a lot of Sepik Tribes and Clans that settled along its bank and have lived there for generations. The Sepik Christian Ministry is the river that will continue be the blessing for Hauna and its surrounding communities to continue to provide education, health and Spiritual growth for its people.

“I saw the old model HF Radio that might be as old as the humble beginnings of Sepik Christian Ministry which was beyond repair and noted that such a ministry needed a good communication network for ministry” (Gollinson Wena)
The installation was a success and with the quality of the system set up so that they can communicate with the rest of the country through the MAF Technologies HF Network.

The whole community was really grateful and further extend their sincere gratitude for the assistance and support in blessing them in this area of their great need.

Mr. Tension who is now the appointed Ministry’s Radio Operator, said this on behalf of the Sepik Christian Ministry;   

 ‘’We couldn’t afford a good radio and such a service where MAF Technologies to set up a good quality HF radio system for us.

We are really grateful as this is answer to prayer. We pray that God will bless those whose donation make this project possible.’’

Knowing the seasons is very important to daily living along the banks and water ways of the Sepik River; either you have dry season and longer time to walk to get help or a wet season with your gardens submerged.

Either way, with good communication via the HF network, messages for assistance can be communicated so that relevant authorities or organisations can provide help as needed.

We praise God for the gift of technology so that we can bring help, hope and healing to the Hauna community in their time of need and appreciate the Wycliffe translators who have left a legacy of love and sacrifice for our Iwam speaking people.