Current Tides of Ministry
Its natural down stream flow and its upstream current powered by tides sets the timing for all movement in its 76,000 km2 basin.
Our first crossing of the Fly after we landed at Tapila airstrip was around midday to Kawiyapo Local Church where we would be for two weeks. This training held at Kawiyapo is a result of 2019 participants wanting more training and new participants discovering that such a training was available in a remote location.
The type of computer training they were used to was huge registration fees and handouts, without practical experience. The arrival of blue boxes (our equipment boxes) was too good to be true. Every time we open the boxes, the participants gasp in awe that they will be using computers for computer training.
The 2019 training was an effective awareness drive for the ECPNG as a church to use technology which also motivated pastors and ministry leaders to purchase laptops to be used for ministry.
This second training indicates the need for more training for the ECPNG pastors and ministry leaders. The timing for ECPNG as a Church to receive basic computer skills for ministry was the result of ECPNG’s Ministry Coordinator, Rev. Dacky Wakili attending the Connect Conference held at CLTC Banz Campus in 2018.
The high tide fills up the little waterways that are actual inlets into communities which makes it easy to travel by canoe and dinghy.
Some of the original banks of the Fly River is
For MAF Technologies, our plan is to deliver the basic computer courses for the ECPNG church for the next two years by following the same rules of the tide. An Ok Tedi Community Development Officer, Louise Olen, who attended the Kawiyapo Basic Computer Training graduation said not many organizations look forward to doing ministry type work in the Fly River corridor because of the hash conditions. She is willing to work together with organizations whose vision and goals are for the remote people groups.
Louise was specifically invited to witness the graduation of some of the Women leaders who were assisted by the community development funding to attend the basic computer course. We thank the Lord for OK Tedi Company for its Community Development Funds that are available for the Churches and ministry groups along the Fly Banks.
The canoe is the vital form of transport that took the Gospel of Christ in all the parts of the Western Province when the first missionaries
We thank the Lord for the opportunity to equip the pastors and ministry leaders at the ECPNG church with a challenge to preach the truth of the Gospel in the Western Province.