After many months, actually years, of first discussions and then physical work, the North Fly Bible team was finally able to take occupancy of office space in the town of Kiunga. We are hosted by the Kiunga „urban church“ of the Evangelical Church of PNG. Pastor Steven Angkaki and Willie Yofu gutted and cleaned it. Then they rewired the power and built a larger shelf unit (photo, with ECPNG North Fly Area Coordinator, Pastor Mase Wodia) for inventory and storage at one end. At the other end, they built a smaller unit for immediate office use. After they then set up a table with two chairs, a couple whiteboards, and a printer, it started to look functional! Unfortunately, the church ran into some issues with its aging wiring between us and the street, so we are currently without power till that gets fixed.
We’re already into the second month of the new year! The team’s focus this year is setting up a small resource centre in Kiunga, which is the only town of any size in the North Fly. This project has been made possible in part because of the gentleman in the photo, Yangtem Katie. As the church official who oversees all of the North Fly schools operated by the Evangelical Church of Papua New Guinea, he believed in the North Fly team’s vision to set up a distribution hub to supply Bibles and other ministry resources. We helped him finish his new office, and in this photo he is standing in the room he had just vacated for our use.
Taking a short break today from the Pa Language album to crowd-source the answer to a question:
Can anyone tell us the legal steps in PNG to starting a social enterprise, especially a non-profit one?
Thanks for any help!
Aerial view of Kiunga borrowed from a Google search:
„Getting to…Rumginae Primary School near Kiunga, PNG“, ICT4D Views from the Field. WordPress, August 26, 2010.
Tomorrow the first workshop staff and observers start arriving in Debepari for the Pa (Pare) Old Testament workshop. Bibles and other materials are packed and ready to go on Tuesday. The final lot of staff and observers should travel then on Thursday.
Today the North Fly Bible resource centre took another step forward in moving from the Smith’s house in Rumginae to its longterm home at ECPNG’s Kiunga urban church. Pastor Steven packed printers, whiteboards, and other odds and ends into his son’s truck to make the trip.
Tuesday, Pastor Steven and Clyde sent out a water tank and other construction materials, via Mission Aviation Fellowship, to Debepari. These materials were needed for ECPNG’s Debepari District to get ready for our Old Testament workshop in October for the Pa (Pare) language.
Kiunga Urban Church’s main building. Also the new hub for the North Fly Bible team. We have set up temporary quarters in the green extension on the right. Next month our plan is to help with ongoing interior construction and then move into the older office to the left in the original block building.
Two of our encouragers.
We also met with the leaders of ECPNG’s Kiunga Urban Church and agreed to a plan for North Fly Bible to obtain office space in their new extension.
For those of us who are not manually gifted, finding a trustworthy and competent auto mechanic is a must! This has been quite a challenging since moving our base to the Kiunga area. Last week I took the plunge with a Highlands man who seems genuine. He worked on it for an hour, at no charge, and it has been running much better!