Lae Regional Centre Managers

Lae Guesthouse, Papua New GuineaThis week Evan and I are serving as Regional Centre Managers in Lae during our Branch wide Conference that is happening in Ukarumpa. The Lae Regional Centre is here for translators in this province, to pick up supplies and send it to Ukarumpa and it also serves as a guesthouse for translators as well as commercial customers. These regional centres are important to the work being done throughout the country. Centre Staff help support the language workers by providing training facilities, purchasing goods, airport and marine pickups, member care, lodging and many other important logistical needs. Evan is working to build a pool deck with two other Papua New Guinean men while I am here to be an office manager, checking people into the guesthouse and helping the secretary. It is fun to serve in a new role and get to experience a different part of the country(the city life!)!

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Location, Location, Location

MAPOFUKARUMPA

If any of you have been wondering, what does Ukarumpa look like? And where do they live in relationship to everything else on Center? Well look no further, here is your answer. This is an aerial shot taken of Ukarumpa. I have drawn circles around the various important things around Center. Like our house, and the Auto Shop and my office in the Director’s Office. So our house is at the bottom of the hill, while everything else is up on top!

Capturing VBS 2014!

VBS, Children, Papua New Guinea, ChurchDramas, puppets, clowns, songs, games and stories all captivated the attention of the Aiyura Valley children that attended Vacation Bible School (VBS) in mid-January. This was the first time the annual event was conducted in more than one location. With identical programs held simultaneously at two different churches, children from a wider section of the valley had the opportunity to attend. While many, many children came at least once, each location averaged about 210 participants a day.

The groups were aware of God’s help in many ways throughout the week. One example was answered prayer about the rain. “God gave us a miracle when He made the rain go away just as we were about to start,” testified VBS teacher Darlene Clark. Since the program was conducted outside on the church lawn, having dry weather was essential. Darlene recalled, “I told everyone to look up at the sky and ask Jesus to please make the rain go somewhere else. Since there was not a large enough place to meet indoors, we really desired for God to answer our prayers…and He did!”

The leaders focused on teaching the kids the story of Joseph from the book of Genesis. The daily stories about Joseph’s life also included a personal application, encouraging the children to honor God like he did. The lessons were reinforced through songs and games that related to the message. The excitement of the children was obvious as they participated in each event with enthusiasm. The last day of VBS was especially moving as many children indicated their desire to be like Joseph and give their hearts and lives to God.

This year was a milestone for the VBS program in that it was the first time the majority of the teachers were Papua New Guinean, and the first time it was held at two valley churches. Many of the Papua New Guinean teachers said they learned a lot this year and they all grew in their ability to work with groups of lively youngsters. They were thankful for the opportunity to get out into the community to teach the children.

Find this story hot off the press at http://thepngexperience.wordpress.com

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