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Wrong Graduation

by | Jun 16, 2017

Promise of God’s love and faithfulness for another basic computer skills training. First morning at Bogia.

Promise of God’s love and faithfulness for another basic computer skills training. First morning at Bogia.

“It is unusual to hold graduation in Church and for a computer training course, something is not adding up?” This was the opening statement of the doctor in charge of the Bogia District Hospital, Mrs Ruth Wamena who was invited to officiate at the graduation of the 17 Foursquare Gospel Church, Bogia District Pastors.

Pastor Daisy Shon receiving her certificate from Dr. Ruth.

She said her first reaction when invited to officiate was: why in a church building? This is odd; weddings, funerals and holy communion, yes, but computers do not belong in the pews or pulpits.

As I listened to her address this, I gathered that she was expressing the connection that must happen in today’s church for the transforming of the Word of God to speak to the hearts of today’s seeker for the truth; the opportunity for theological truth dissemination through technologies is more accessible now than 10 years ago for churches in Papua New Guinea.

I praise God that he has allowed MAF Technologies (formerly CRMF) to be a part to bridge that gap and to create opportunities to equip to save souls.

Mrs Wamena concluded her speech to the participants and the invited guests that came by stating that although it is unusual, it is a very good thing for everyone these days to have the basic knowledge to computing. She thanked MAF Technologies (formerly CRMF) for facilitating such training and encouraged the pastors and Church representatives from Catholic, Lutheran and PNG Bible Church to work together with the Foursquare Gospel Church to receive this kind of training from MAF Technologies (formerly CRMF).

The first level of basic computer training for Bogia Foursquare Gospel Church was conducted in 2014 with plans to do second level in 2015 which did not happen until this year. We thank the Lord for giving us an opportunity to complete this project for pastors who have come from different areas of Bogia District, some as far as Ramu which requires a lot of travel.

Pastor Esther Morgen and others in training.

Most of these pastors have not seen a computer before and may not even own one in their life time and so our prayer is that those who came for the training will be motivated by the skills to save up and buy a computer.

But even if they won’t be able to own a computer of their own, we trained them the basics of utilizing a computer to type, save and print programs, sermons or letters with the church’s letter heads for ministry and for general administration of their local churches.

These are basically what they need to from our short basic computing training.

We also had the opportunity to show the Jesus film at two different places. This an outreach ministry that MAF Technologies (formerly CRMF) does during week ends and through request from Churches or communities in Goroka. The Tok Pisin version of  the Jesus film and the movie “End of the Spear” continues to becom the two most popular films in places where we’ve done Jesus film outreaches.

Using Bluetooth technology as a speaker to show Jesus film at Sepa – Bogia, Madang Province.

We also sell the Jesus film DVD as a way of promoting the film and also for those who have computers or DVD players, they can buy to own or watch themselves. Please continue to pray with us that this film will speak to those who watch it and that it will inspire them to make better decisions for their lives in the future.

We also took along sales items from MAF Technologies (formerly CRMF) Communications Center to sell as a way of assisting the pastors and Christians to get quality and affordable items at Church price rates.

The items that were selling out fast were the 8GB Micro SD card and the reading glasses. During the time that we were there in Bogia, a new Asian shop opened and were giving 10% for the first three hours.

I decided to cancel an hour of training and take the participants to this shop to compare the items being sold there with what we have brought with us. I did this because a couple of pastors came to buy Micro SD cards from us and I gave them at the Church rate which is the discount price comparing it to the brand sold at the new shop. One glance was enough to advice the pastors not to buy and they literally ran back to buy from us.

Displaying the sales items that we took along with us to sell.

Thank you for your support and prayers for the sales items that MAF Technologies (formerly CRMF) sells as the profits go towards helping the Ministry to continue to do what we do and that is more basic computer trainings to help pastors to be effective in spreading the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This trip we had the opportunity to fly with MAF and really enjoyed the comfort of short travel time, no pot holes and the peace that all our equipment was in the good hands of pilot Dave Rogers.

Thank you again for your support and prayers as it has made the difference to the pastors in Bogia District.

Want to fly with MAF? Its easy just help to refuel the plane!
Thomson helping Danny  MAF Base – Madang.