WHY DO THEY KEEP COMING BACK? by C. Ruruk

Our teammates in PNG have been conducting basic computer training for ministry leaders and urban pastors. How is this important for the Gospel? This blog post answers the questions and shares the unique ways they are using computers to support the church of PNG.

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Participants learning the skills of PPP.Participants learning the skills of PPP.

As I was beginning to write this article with the title of “Why do they keep coming back?” Bryan (my boss) walked in with information written on the palm of his hand. He then got me to write the contact address of Pastor Martin on the LT white board. Ps. Martin (Four Square Church) has requested for yet another BCT course!

The answer to the question is so obvious; they need the specialized skills for today’s church. I am writing this as BCT 2 is being delivered for the Association of Baptists World Evangelism (ABWE) here the CRMF’s Communications Training Room. We have total of 12 pastors, including three women who are participating. The highlight of this second course is the individual Power Point Presentations (PPP) which will be done tomorrow (the fourth day of the course). When we pick the…

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Our Crates have Arrived, Let the Packing Begin!

by Brian

Jonathan and I drove our little trailer to the MAF hanger to pick up five (5) 4x4x4 foot crates that will carry our household goods to PNG. These are pre-fabricated crates that we will put together in our garage and then return filled to MAF shipping. From there they will be loaded into a shipping container to travel to the coast and then by ship to the port of Lae, PNG. Then they will travel overland by trucking to our home in Goroka, PNG. It is supposed to take between 1-2 months to make this journey. We hope to get them on their way by Nov 1st so they are soon to arrive after we touch down in PNG on Dec 1st. Yes, our arrival date got pushed back a month due to some paperwork slowness. But as we are learning to say, “No worries, mate!”

The unassembled crates in our garage next to the 10 footlockers which are our checked baggage on the plane.

The unassembled crates in our garage next to the 10 footlockers which are our checked baggage on the plane. Note the Australia shirt and PNG hat that Jonathan is wearing. He’s already going native. You can click on the picture to see a larger image.

We will share more photos of the crate loading process. Looking for help to get those crates into the box truck at the end of October. We will be using a pallet dolley and a truck with a lift gate. There will be a loading dock and  a forklift at the MAF hangar end. Stay tuned for more details.

One Last Birthday Backpacking Trip in Idaho

by Brian

Jonathan and I got to take a “Birthday” backpacking trip in the Birds of Prey Wilderness Area a couple of weekends ago. Lots of fun climbing buttes, filtering water, eating camp food, and generally not being able to worry about anything related to the upcoming move. Just lots of good time hanging out with Jonathan. What a blessing. I always ask myself when something like this is done, “Why did I wait so long, this is so good!” Happy Birthday, Jonathan.

You can click on any of the photos below to see a larger image.

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His new “GeekPro” camera recording it all

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A beautiful peaceful camping spot

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Getting ready to filter water from the Snake River

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We made it after climbing to reach the waterfall over Halverson Lakes! Nice and refreshing humidity in the middle of the desert. Makes me think about the psalmist David.

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Yes, when backpacking with a 14-year old boy, you must rise to the challenge and be willing to “Lets climb that to the top!” Amazingly, I made it!

“…a time to keep and a time to throw away.” Ecclesiastes 6:3

by Jenny

I was reading this verse, and thought: “Wow! That really describes our life right now.” The house is slowly being packed up or cleaned out around us. This weekend we had the largest yard sale in our history. We have moved our fair share of times, but this is definitely the biggest. But there’s no surprise there, is there?

If you look close you can see our MAF display table in the center of the picture.

Click on a picture to see it larger. If you look close you can see our MAF display table in the center of the picture.

We have gone through almost every room in the house, and whatever won’t be traveling with us, or being put into storage, was moved out into the garage and then to the driveway for the yard sale. It really feels good to go through all that stuff. You realize how many things you probably should have gotten rid of already. One of Mom’s comments was: “We should pretend we’re moving to Papua New Guinea every few years!”YardSale-Baby

It was really encouraging talking to some of the people who stopped by for the sale. A lot more people than you would think have been overseas, or lived there as a kid, or something like that. They shared some of their experiences and it was really neat.

I really want to thank all of you who are helping get us overseas and enable us to pursue what God has put on our hearts. It means so much to see how many people are behind us and feel the love of our brothers and sisters. That is so encouraging. So here’s a big shout out of thanks from me!

So now the garage is empty, and we’re making room for shipping crates. And getting ready to pack them!

Story Pot by Caine Ruruk

I took 2 trips to PNG to deliver Bible Storytelling and Discussion training to our teammates there and to coach them to deliver their own workshops. Here is the fruit!

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The clay pot has changed its functionThe clay pot has changed its function

The clay pot for the Ubir tribe living in the Northern Province of Papua New Guinea is the key utensil in any kitchen. Its function ranges from cooking pot, water container, food safe, and can be given as a present. It is also a highly valued item to exchange in a barter system economy. For example a good size out triggered canoe can be purchased for 20 clay pots.

In this time and age the metal cooking pots have replaced most of the clay pot’s function but they cannot replace its value in a barter system. The reason is that anybody can buy a metal pot but only a few skilled women can make a clay pot; thus its value in the barter system and its significance as a gift.

Telling stories is part of the life style in Wanigela…

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