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An introduction to Mobile Journalism for LAIF FM

by | Jul 19, 2022 | Technology For Ministry, What MAF Technologies (formerly CRMF) Does

MAF Technologies has delivered a Technology for Ministry (T4M) training to LaifFM staff in preparation for the current screen focus generation.

This unique training reflects the social media platforms available and the enthusiasm of digital natives who have the heart to serve the Lord in ministry. As technology for the Church in PNG, we covered specific areas related to Mobile Journalism (MOJO) to train participants in utilising the latest mobile applications available for mobile ministry. The notes on “Mobile Ministry Made Easy” were the main resource material for this training. The material covers the different strategies and applications available to develop resources to target mobile phone users.

As devotionals for the training, we studied Ephesians 4:11–12 and Romans 10:13 – 15 to establish an understanding of the meaning of the Scriptures and connect that with the availability of the current mobile applications. The gifts that Jesus gave which Apostle Paul highlights in Ephesians 4:11 are the current established orders or offices that the modern Church is supposed to maintain for today’s ministry. While the challenges that he (Paul) highlights in Romans 10:14 – 15a is actually the “strategy” that we all could benefit from for the sole purpose of saving souls!

Issac Fingu and Julie Korikoria testing out the new mobile apps during practical session.

In the duration of the trainings that MAF Technologies has delivered over the years, we are learning the implication of the Scriptures in Ephesians 4:11- 12, Romans 10:13 – 15 with the current mobile applications available. We are discovering our “Roman Road” for ministry. It is so obvious and so naturally, our task is to train others of the potential to use the mobile applications and tap into the social media platforms. With MOJO the mobile applications enhance collection and production of resources, while the Social Media platforms now available, provide a vast highway for distribution of the Gospel.
As a Para Church organisation, we commend the pastors and ministry leaders who continue to preach the Good News to our people. However, the percentage of the time spent in the utilising of the different offices in Ephesians 4: 11 could be less compared to a LaifFM announcer on weekly bases. The bottom line is that, because of technology (our Roman Road), any person that uses mobile phones for sharing the Good News of Jesus is actually exceeding the total amount of time on a regular Sunday morning service to engage others for Jesus.
I encouraged the LaifFM staff that they have the potential at their fingertips to minister to the listeners more than five hours on daily bases! I expounded on the meaning of “Evangelists” for the LaifFM staff because the word actually means; publisher of glad tidings.  Evangelist is the work and not an office and that is why it is interestingly placed in this order; Apostles, Prophets – Evangelists – then Pastors and Teachers.

Robyn is a former NBC announcer working with LaifFM as staff and mentor for the young staff members.

The ordinary Hebrew word for prophet is nabi meaning “to bubble forth” like a fountain. In summary, it means the one who announces or pours forth the declarations of God. In the English context, the original Greek word is ‘profetes’ or commonly known as interpreter for someone or for a god. Thus, the challenge in Romans 10:14… how can they believe if they have not heard the message? And how can they hear if the message is not been proclaimed? The strategy for this challenge can be addressed by the work of the “Evangelist” as Apostle Paul highlights in Ephesians 4:11. The function of a broadcaster over the airwaves with the use of technology for today’s ministry becomes the pivotal role to minister to today’s generation.

We thank the Lord for the opportunity to deliver the T4M training as we see the importance of equipping the body of Christ. As technology for the Church in PNG we thank the Lord for opening new areas of ministry and continue to look to Jesus for wisdom for the theological and technical resources that He has given to support our partners.

Naomi Fingu, officer with “Living Child” working as a volunteer with Laif FM. Receiving the audio Bible units form MAF Technologies.

We believe in His Word according to Isaiah 55:11 that utilizing of the mobile phones and taping into the social media platforms available can be the conduit to teach and reach out to those who need to “call on the name of Jesus to be saved” because His Word does not return empty even in this screen focus generation.

As always, we are grateful for our partners and the Lord’s provision to deliver this special training.