CHIP Training in Kimbe, WNBP

29 Apr 2019 Carole Cholai

17 participants attended the 2-day CHIP Facilitors' Training in Kimbe, West New Britain.  The 17 included 7 health professionals, 6 lay people, 3 Seventh-day Adventist pastors and 1 SSEC Pastor.  The 17 will now be able to facilitate the CHIP Training in and around West New Britain.

CHIP - Complete Health Improvement Program

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Pastors attend Computer Training

06 Mar 2019 Carole Cholai

One of the Communication Media Department Programs for 2019 for the New Britain New Ireland Mission  of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is the Computer Training for Pastors.

Pastors and Ministers are being given the opportunity to take part in a 4-day Computer Training where they go through MS Word, MS Excel, Windows and Computer Systems and Web and Internet Skills.  The aim of the training is to help them in their report writing, accessing and searching for information online and sending their reports and using email.

Pastors play an important role in the community, where not only do they attend to the spiritual needs of the congregation or community at large, but they are also managers and administrators of an organisation - the church body - whether it is one church body in one location, or group of churches- some even for a district or province -

Many find there is little time to equip themselves with skills, especially technical skills that can further assist them with their work in the administration and management roles that they play.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church has a reporting system in place where reports from the field (local churches) have to be sent at a certain time to the local mission, which the local region mission sends to the next level up - national mission and to the division and to the General Conference (headquarters).  These reports are compiled and statistics on church membership, tithes, offerings and other information are being compiled and then disseminated to administrative bodies and/or back to its membership.  Thus it is essential that reports are timely, accurate and efficient.

The Computer Skills training that the pastors have participated in will assist with the compilation and sending of reports in timely and in presentable manner.

A pastor in the remote part of East New Britain, attending the Computer Skills Training, expressed his excitement over creating his gmail account and learning how to connect his phone internet to his laptop for sending of reports.

"Now I can easily send my reports to Head Office in Kokopo on time, instead of having to wait for the ship to take them across, which most times reports are late." Min Johnny Kamai, District Director Pomio stated.

The first lot of training took place in Kokopo, East New Britain where 12 pastors attended and this week (4th - 7th March) sees 16 pastors attending and completing the West New Britain Computing for Pastors training. Next week will be the final session for New Ireland Pastors.

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New NBNI President first visit to West New Britain

06 Mar 2019 Carole Cholai

Appointed as the new president for New Britain New Ireland Mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, taking over leadership from Pr Peter Yambe who has gone for further studies, Pr Danny Philip, is on his first official  on travel and visit in West New Britain Province.

Kove District, having its District Coordinating Committee (DCC) meeting on Sunday 3rd March at Moputu Village gave opportunity for President Pr Danny Philip to travel to Moputu to meet with the Kove District church leaders and elders.  Moputu village is located on the coastal areas of Kove District - Travelling there took a 1 1/2 hour drive from Kimbe to Kandoka village and then 45 mins boat ride to Moputu.

Pr Danny Philip, was accompanied by Communication Director, Ms Carole Cholai, Provincial Area Supervisor, Pr Nelson Gah and Executive Committee Member and Provincial Government Rep, Mr Jimmy Baki. Though the DCC had ended by the time the team went, the Kove District leaders sat on waiting for the arrival of the team.s

Part of email update sent to NBNI Head Office Team:

We (Carole & I) have travelled to Kimbe yesterday morning. Upon our arrival our AS, Pr Gah, took us straight to Kove District and attended their DCC Meeting at Mopute Village (where Pr Julius Divu comes from). They had finished their meeting but just waited for us. Upon arrival Elder Jimmy  Baki did some presentation on Provincial Government’s financial commitments or grants especially to Isu clinic and school and the Hope Radio. Pr Gah promoted mission’s programs such as Matupit 90 celebration, Children Ministry Convention, Discovery Bible Reading, etc. Carole mention Hope FM and its progress. I thanked our local church ministers and pastors, coordinators, leaders, DD, and the entire church at large for the support to the gospel ministry. I also thanked Elder Baki and the Provincial Government for their support to the Adventist Church in WNBP. I also mentioned the challenges of the church reporting system and encouraging them to submit accurate information, the Bible Discovery Reading at their homes, and other important information that churches needed to know and to action them.

The team had a great lovely meal with the church membership before travelling back to Kimbe.

Pr Philip will spend two weeks in West New Britain Province to visit as many of the districts as possible and meet with pastors and church leaders.
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200 women participate in Mission Pomio

03 Dec 2018 Fairall Talmar

This year, 2018 has been quite an eventful one for the Seventh-day Adventist church in Pomio district. As the church geared up to host one of its first ever events to date in history, there was literally no time to sleep considering the immense workload ahead with so little time to spare. These were the challenges towards the birth of Mission Pomio.
Since this was the first of its kind that the local Mission ever decided to host a program on Pomio soil, the magnitude of pressure, enthusiasm and anticipation was intensifying as well as enormous, seen on the people on the ground as they worked towards this huge event.

With the theme, “It’s almost time” the dele-gation for Mission Pomio was led by the di-rector of Women and Children Ministries in N.B.N.I Mission , Ms. Dianne Pelap and her delegation of women from North and South Gazelle districts who travelled by ship to Pomio to attend the program.
The program was hosted at Drina, RH Oil Palm Camp and lasted for a week from Octo-ber, 22nd - 29th, 2018. This one week camp brought together both the entire church at Pomio district as well as the general public and even as far as the Wide Bay district to witness and participate in the activities.
It featured extensive training courses on tailoring, Cooking, Drapery, Medicinal Herbs, Health and various community visita-tions, facilitated by the women who com-prised the delegation.
Other special members of the delegation included the Mission president, Pr. Peter Yambe, the technical team from Hope Radio and the Messengers, a singing ministry.

While most of the activities ran throughout the day, an evangelistic meeting concluded the evenings part of the daily schedule, presented by Pr. Peter Yambe.
At the peak of Mission Pomio was the combination of three grand events that ended the week-long event. These were the Mass Baptism and Wedding and ground breaking of the district’s Resource Centre.
For the people of Pomio, although Mission Pomio has ended since October, the story will never leave their hearts or lips as they continue to spread the news of im-pact and goodness this event has brought to this humble remote district.

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Gasmata Church and Pastors House development

03 Dec 2018 David Paulus

After a year of determination, commitment and lots of prayer, Minister Paulus and his small community of believers in remote Gasmata have come close to completing the church building and church pastor house.

When he first moved there for work in beginning of 2017, the church and house pastor was at a very appalling state.  With the little resources he had, with the help of non-adventist community, timber and other materials with the assistance of the Local Mission and friends, the house and church building have received a great facelift.

It is now close to completion and it is set for 2019 dedication and opening.

All Glory to God!

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