WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT by Caine

This is a post by our PNG teammate Caine Ruruk about mobile phone Bibles and distribute of Bible resources by wifi “Bible Boxes”.

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Bryan and Max surround by youths eager to download biblesBryan and Max surrounded by youths eager to download bibles

In the last 10 days, CRMF made awareness about the good use of technology to an estimated 3,300 people.

This is live audience numbers via power point presentations and speaking at conference venues.

Wantok Radio Light” (Christian Radio Station) was present in one of these conferences to live broadcast the potential that technology provides for the church in Papua New Guinea. In other words, a lot more people heard of the WI-Fi Bible over the radio. We thank the Lord of the knowledge and wisdom to use WI-Fi technology to distribute God’s word.

The more urgent question to ask is how to increase the capacity of downloads so that all the 200 – 300 participants attending a conference can download the resources. The team experienced that the enthusiasm of the conference participants resulted in the…

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We Are Moving to Papua New Guinea in November 2015

by Brian

The jungle adventure begins for the Brian and Christy Ward family in November pngcolor2015 as they move to Goroka, Papua New Guinea. They will equip under-served ministry leaders and influencers there—helping them overcome barriers and impact lives through culturally-appropriate ministry training. Much of this will be done through the strategic use of technology such as mobile phones to deliver that training. Equipped with experience training others across the world, Brian will lead a variety of ministries and denominations to develop effective and sustainable solutions on how to effectively share Christ’s love with the people of PNG—many of whom are low-literate or prefer learning through oral methods.Native

The older Ward children (Grace, Jenny, and Jonathan) will be key members of the team using their audio/video and computer skills to create training curriculum, record sermons and indigenous praise & worship music, and develop audio-Bible stories and other resources that can be shared through solar-powered audio players or mobile phones to the ministry leaders of PNG.

Woman on PhoneChristy will continue to manage this active household, homeschool the children, and exercise her gifts of love and hospitality with neighbors, other missionaries, and national ministry leaders.

In 2006, the Wards joined MAF—leaving behind the world of academia—where Brian led universities in creating online learning, taught courses to students and faculty, and served in the administration managing information technology units. This meant a move from the wilds of Virginia to MAF’s headquarters in Idaho where Brian helped manage the MAF-Learning Technologies team and worked with ministries all over the world—from Africa to the Middle East to Latin America. With the move to PNG, the family finally will get to visit the exotic places with Brian.

Pastor PreachingMAF’s success over the past 70 plus years in supporting Christian ministries in remote areas has meant that there is now a great need for culturally- and educationally-relevant training for the millions of pastors struggling to minister in these areas. Traditionally, if these pastors have an opportunity to go to seminary or Bible school for training, most do not return to their churches. The Wards are excited about how God has uniquely prepared them to serve these isolated leaders by bringing vitally-needed biblical training and resources to Papua New Guinea and teaching those leaders to create their own resources to reach others with the Gospel.

We invite you to join our team of friends committed to prayer for us and financially support our ministry with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Papua New Guinea.

You can sign up for our Prayer Letters and give online at our MAF web page

What are the Wards Doing Right Now?

by Grace

What are the Wards doing to prepare for their big move? Well, as I am writing this we at an X-ray facility waiting to getting chest X-rays (Dad, Mom ,and I). This is just one of the many medical steps we have to take in order to go to PNG. We’ve all had our physicals, blood tests, and shots.

Footlockers have arrived. We will take 10 of these, plus 2 suit cases, a guitar case, a giant keyboard case, 7 carry-on bags, and 7 backpacks on the plain. This will require a 15 passenger van pulling a trailer to get us to the airport. It will require many vehicles on the PNG end!

Footlockers have arrived. We will take 10 of these, plus 2 suit cases, a guitar case, a giant keyboard case, 7 carry-on bags, and 7 backpacks on the plane. This will require a 15 passenger van pulling a trailer to get us to the airport. It will require many vehicles on the PNG end!

Dad used to be able to use his office

Dad used to be able to use his office

Everyday there is something that needs to be done. We are in the process of planning out the school for the next 4 years and making sure we have all of the school books we need. We will also be painting the house and getting it ready to be rented.

To-Do Lists

3 big lists: Ministry To-Do’s, Moving To-Do’s, and Purchases to be made

Dad and Mom have a huge amount of paper work to do. Sending papers in between the embassies is huge process.There’s always some paper that had to get in the mail such as work permits, visas applications, medical records, etc. With seven of us going, its a lot of paper. Dad mailed a stack over an inch thick to Australia.

Most of all we’re making lists. Lists of things to sell, to get rid of, to put in storage, to buy, to clean, and to fix. It looks like endless list of lists, but over all these tasks have actually been exciting, because with each new task it seems going to PNG is getting closer.

Tyler’s Navy Graduation

by Jenny

On Tuesday, August 11th, we left Idaho for Great Lakes, Illinois, where the Navy boot camp base is located. Tyler had completed boot camp after 9 long weeks of training. The drive there went well, though we did have some communication mistakes in between the 2 cars, even with the walkie-talkies. We arrived in Great Lakes on Thursday afternoon, where we met up with Papaw and Grandmom Parker for dinner. The next morning we woke up at the all too early time of 5:00 AM. We were at the base and ready when the gate opened at 6:30. All our paperwork was in order, and after getting through the gate we parked and walked to our seats, where we got to sit for an hour or more. Classic military: “hurry up and wait.” As only 4 people could be present for the actual ceremony, Dad, Mom, Grandmom, and Jonathan went on, while I and the rest were led to the chapel to watch the ceremony on the big screen there.Navy Grad Big Group

Tyler’s division, the 270, graduated with 8 other divisions that morning, for a total of 700 sailors! Each of the divisions performed over and above in all fields: academic, physical, etc. Tyler’s group also had the top score in battle-stations, the final test given in a simulated ship. Tyler was one of only 2 in his whole division to earn the ribbon for Expert Marksmanship. Way to go!

After the ceremony, we met up with our sailor and took him to a lunch with no time limits: what a luxury! It was so good to get to catch up with him after not seeing him since June. We hung out in our hotel suite, telling stories and hearing cadence marches. (Some of them are really funny!) All too soon though, we had to take Tyler back to base. We did get the bonus of seeing a little of the base. Finally, we had to say our last good-byes.Ty in Dress Blues Ty and Daniel

The next morning we left for Idaho, and Tyler flew out to Pensacola, Florida, for Advanced SchoolHe’ll start his specific cryptology classes there, and then either go on to one more level of training, or be assigned to his post, which he hopes is shipboard. He has passed the test and is starting the first step of his 4-year journey. We are so proud of our sailor. Love you, Tyler!