Lending a hand Saving lives
Committed to the training and development of expert local staff, CRMF is enabling the work of many other missions and agencies throughout PNG.
Story Shelia Stewart Photos Lori Bill Smith
The Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE) has a ministry of medical evangelism through a clinic in the small village of Seigu, approximately 8 kilometres from Goroka, PNG, which has been running for the past two decades. Over the years they have seen their outreach grow and expand as they give loving and compassionate medical care while proclaiming the gospel message in all they do.
Recently they faced a real dilemma when their ultrasound machine, a donated gift, stopped functioning. All of a sudden this effective tool was useless. Desperate for help, they turned to CRMF for aid. Could we find the cause and CURE this machine? As always, CRMF aim to help where we can and one of our technicians, Koniel Idei took on the case.
Although normally working on radios and computers, God enabled Koniel to find the problem and fix it! Now it is operational again! Not only was the cost of repair drastically reduced from thousands to hundreds of dollars but CRMF was also able to provide this help quickly.
What a blessing to see God’s timing in this fast repair. In a land where technical skills are in very short supply, CRMF provides a level of service that helps many missions and organisations. The very day ABWE received the ultrasound back from CRMF’s workshop they had numerous opportunities to use it.
Lori Smith (ABWE) shared, “Three women came seeking an abortion that day, not an uncommon occurrence. Sharing with them the amazing creation of God’s intricate work of life now growing within them and being able to be to show this on the monitor before them, was very effective. No, we could not assist in the destruction of their tiny unborn babies, but we could offer them hope and assistance, and as we saw that day, a love for the little ones begin to be nurtured. We have seen many babies saved from death through abortions…only to be lovingly delivered at our clinic. Then nurtured and cared for by their own families or adoptions arranged within our PNG Christian community! We have seen several gynaecological emergencies diagnosed and quickly and effectively treated, saving lives of the women as well as the unborn. What an amazing tool GOD has given us to use for HIS Glory.”
Lori went on “Our last patient that day was the hardest. A young woman came to our clinic for a routine antenatal visit. She was five months pregnant but I could not find a heartbeat and there was no movement. NOT GOOD. What a blessing to be able to immediately see what was happening and for this young woman to have closure rather than leave with the shadow of the unknown haunting her. Sadly her little one had died. The cause of death was unknown, but the Creator of life is also fully in control even of the time of passing. We hugged, cried, and I shared the HOPE of God’s Word with this very understandably upset girl. I could not fix her problem…but I could help comfort her. That is the power of tools used with the greatest tool of GOD’s WORD.”
Lori expressed their gratefulness for God’s provision of technical services through Christ’s servants at CRMF, which enable the gospel to continue to be proclaimed in a myriad of ways.
There are a great many needs around Papua New Guinea. CRMF work with many other agencies to reach the unreached, working together for HIS glory is their combined goal. We pray that God will be glorified through this ministry.
What is CRMF?
Christian Radio Missionary Fellowship (CRMF) works under the umbrella of MAF in Papua New Guinea.
Reaching out with Christ’s love to help people in remote communities, CRMF provides a reliable means of HF radio communication as well as IT and technical expertise.
Approximately 85% of the PNG population live in small villages, high up in the mountains, in areas of mangrove swamps, or on remote islands.
The provision of email and internet facilities via the HF radio has been of tremendous benefit to mission and church workers, hospitals and schools.
For more info check out www.maf.org.au/crmf