MELPA LUTHERAN CHURCH- EXODUS CONGREGATION, PORT MORESBY,PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Exodus Congregation is one of the Regional Fellowship areas outside of Melpa Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea Head Quarter in Mount Hagen. Exodus Congregation in Port Moresby, the Capital City of Papua New Guinea. It started within a family with few individuals with the strength and Power of the Holi Spirit. It has expanded over a period of ten years and now it has 6 House Prayers at certain suburbs in Port Moresby

MLSGA -Southern Region Progresive Report 2017-2019


Melpa Lutheran Students And Graduates Association-Southern Region 2017 to 2019 Progressive Report. 
Acknowledgement

As executives of Melpa Lutheran Students and Graduates of Southern Region, would dearly like to thank our Heavenly Father for his unconditional love, care, mercy up our lives as members of this important group. Though we forsake and commit sins but our Good Lord, God Almighty he never forsakes us but instead leads, protects, guides and even gives us strength to lead this vital association through thick and thin. We would also like to thank our recently appointed and anointed Bishop for Melpa Lutheran Church of PNG, Rev Stanley Mukate, three acting bishops of each ecclesia and the pastors, laymen and Christian friends, Pastor and members of Exodus congregation, class elites and the students who are currently working and studying at various sectors and intuitions in Port Moresby and the nation at large for being us in faith and prayer all along in this Christian journey. We wish you all a wonderful merry Christmas and a happy prosperous new year, 2020. 

Introduction

 The MLSGA_Southern Region is the sub set of MLSGA in Papua New Guinea based in National Capital District, Port Moresby. The primary focus and mission of its existence is to gather and unite scattered souls especially students, graduates and other elites whom we share the common Christian faith under Melpa Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea. MLSGA_ Southern Region comprises of six provinces namely NCD, Western, Gulf, Central, Millen-bay and Oro. Our first priority or target is to coordinate with the members of the MLSGA_Sothern Region in NCD alone, since most of the members are residing there; our focus is to get them to know more about the purpose, objectives and mission of this association. One of the biggest challenges that is hindering us effectively assemble or congregate them for us carry out some relevant planned activities towards achieving the indented objectives and mission of this association is the work and study commitments and the location or residences in which each members live and work. 

Regardless of above challenge one of key area the executives have been focusing on is building communication link and channel with the members of the association. Handful of schools we’ve tried to established communication network to begin with are University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG), Institute of Business Studies (IBS), International training institute (ITI), Don Bosco Tec, Port Moresby Tec college, Port Moresby Business College and etc…as the executives we are committed to work with the elites and the students so that together we can make a difference. 

Exodus Congregation is playing a pivotal part in creating a platform whereby we are able to meet and get to know each other and we thanked GOD for making that possible. Through Exodus Congregation in Port Moresby, we hope that we will make good progress as move on
from time to time. Moreover, the Exodus Congregation operates under the centralized system which we also part of that system. Anything to do with MLSGA SR it has to go through the Exodus Congregation executives before us as we work hand in hand with its executives, members, youth and Sunday school. 

 Background Information 

Melpa Lutheran Students and Graduate Association is a church organized association comprises of students, graduates, school leavers, business and working class people. It was an initiative taken by some of our pioneer students, graduates and elites with an aim to unite fellow students and Working class alike. It’s a unique platform being created by our very own elites. Perhaps to bind us together as the flesh of Christ Jesus so that we could hold on to our Christian values, principles and most of all our faith in Lord, Jesus Christ in the midst of this challenging and ever changing modern PNG society. 

Despite of circumstances and challenges our senior elites have to endure, they eventually managed to organize and form it with the help of our Good Lord, Almighty God. The association was officially recognized and launched in 2009. It was thereafter blessed by Late Bishop Rt. Reverend Sanagke Dole for the members to commence its envisioned program activities.  

After the formation and launching of the association, it was left to sleep as some of its intended program activities were partly carried out. But some elites took the initiative to revive it again especially in Western Highlands Province. That was made possible through the help of our good Lord with the persistent prayers of our Christians members of MLCPNG. On January 2015, the first retreat program was held at Kamdika Congregation and the attendance was not that good, but the main aim of the retreat program was to awake Melpa Lutheran Students and Graduates Association. The main agenda discussed during the retreat was to send a signal to every members so that we would have the sense of responsibility to respond and focus onto to the highest calling from GOD in the midst of busyness in life.  

The MLSGA Southern Region (MLSGA SR) was part of the discussion amongst other participants from certain provinces including Madang, Goroka, Lae and Kimbe that have attended the retreat program help in Kamdka. However MLSGA Southern Region slowly took its part way up by uniting all the school students and Graduates in Port Moresby with the help of Exodus Congregation with God.  

The association appointed its executives in 2018 and they are, Desmond Kipa as coordinator, Issac Thomas as Vice Coordinator, Milrose Kipa as Treasurer and Junior Tei Noki as secretary to lead the members of association of six provinces as mentioned above. Though we haven’t make
sufficient in terms of fully implementing scheduled activities that we scheduled the association have been having but pray and hope that our good lord will continue to lead us through his divine wisdom and guidance as we move on.  

Due to the locations of the schools and place of residences in NCD and four other provinces the executives of the MLSGA Southern Region have been doing their best to unite their members to at least accomplish the vision of MLSGA towards “Empowering Melpa Lutheran Students and Graduates with God’s Word In Unity” and also accomplishing the mission through “Organizing and Coordinating of its targeted members of Melpa Lutheran Church.  

Given the goal and the mission of the association the executives designed another new association profile to manage the affairs of the association and its members within the southern region therefore we believe in GOD we think and have positive mind that he’ll help us in one way or the other to unite all the members in such big city like Port Moresby. 


Development

 a. Mission Statement 
This Regional Office-(Sub-Association) is being established with a mission to organize and coordinate the students, graduates and working class people of Melpa Lutheran Church in southern Region with God’s Word. It reports its progress to the countrywide coordinator who thereby further reports directly to bishop at the MLCPNG Head Office either on monthly, quarterly or annually basis.
b. Objectives
 Is to encourage, motivate, aspire and strengthens students, graduates and working class individuals within Southern Region and countrywide to actively contribute towards the Gospel Ministry of our Lord, Jesus Christ. 

c. Major projects carried out at the congregation level
Successfully completion of Exodus congregation Bio Data 
Exodus congregation executives agreed to carry out a major bio data project and then the task was delegated to MLSGA Southern region so the executive of MLSGA southern managed to spearhead that.
The project took almost three (3) months and was completed in 2018. The bio data was not updated in 2019 but we’ll continue to update the date base on annually basis to keep track on people movements in and out of the province and region alike.  

● Benefits of the projects 
 ✓ It identifies where the congregation member reside and do student or work
 ✓ It makes communication network easy and convenient for us to get in touch
✓ It is easy for us to locate the members and to have fellowship with them

Delivering of  500 mosquito nets during Easter through partnering with the NGOs like Rotary against malaria 
● Benefits of the projects  
✓ It protected our members from getting sickness like malaria because the location where 2019 Easter to be held,  Tete settlement (Gerehu), in Port Moresby was found have to have high rate of malaria cases as reported by health department. 
✓ It helped the surrounding community.
 The project was the initiatives of the Like-minded elites of southern region therefore we would like to thank;  

➢ Biangke Tah 
➢ Junior Noki 
 ➢ Emmanuel Wara 

Most importantly we thank the National Department of Health (NDoH) and Rotary against Malaria for successfully partnering with us to reach people who were in need of such health service during that time.  

❖ Designing of congregation web site

 The website design was an initiative of MLSGA southern, actual work was done but the author of the web was not confirmed so it’s still in discussions of the MLSGA southern once approved the author will make known via social media and print media so that we can access the information. 

The web will become as a storage and e-library for exodus congregation and MLSGA Southern and it will be easy for members to access the information from where ever they may be. 

Partnering with the exodus congregation 

According to the Exodus congregation bio data 95 percent of the population is made up of  educated elites therefore as the sub association, we are working together with the congregation to reach out to the elites for them to fully participate in congregation organized activities in carrying out the work mission. 

Discussion 

According to the development of the report we’ve discussed couple of points that will further discussed in detail which perhaps will help you to understand the conceptual model and the analysis made on the report.

❖ Successfully completion of Exodus congregation Bio Data The methods used to collect basic data for the Christian members is shown in figure 1.1
Figure 1.1 Basic data Collection Form For Exodus-MLC

 The small form contains all the information of individual congregation member

Process of collecting data 

a) First the form was issues
b) Individual’s congregation members filled in the forms
c) The forms returned to the executives 
d) The name was confirmed and 
e) Then entered the names into excel data base





Delivering  500 mosquito nets to exodus congregation during Easter through partnering with the NGOs like Rotary against Malaria 
The main aim of the project was to help people through partnering with such NGOs to deliver needed services to the people. In-order to achieve such, our elites took initiative to write letter to Rotary against Malaria and they directed us to inform Health Department so we took another strategy to address that issue to the health department and they responded positively to us through officer Biangke Tah one of our elites by supplying us 10 bales, each bale contained 50 nets which adds up to 500 nets in total.

The distribution was done in Tete Settlement where the Easter camp for 2019 was held.
Later a final report was submitted back to the donor for checks and verification purposes.

❖ Designing of congregation web site 
Our main motive of creating website is to Motivate and inspire our elites with the word of God, through such channel since most of our church members they don’t attend church due to work commitments or duty travel therefore we’ve design that web for them to access the sermon or necessary information after they completed their task, in that way we left no-one behind.

The design is still in progress and yet to appoint an author, once the design is complete and the author is approved by the executives, we will inform the MLSGA executives based in Hagen for the protocol purposes.

Conclusion 

As the sub association existing in southern region most of the coordination work were not completed due to certain factors and challenges but we believe that our good lord will continue to guide us to continue this great commission. Thus we’ve outlined some of the major projects that we accomplished, we are yet to do more but belief our GOD will continue to protect us and guide us. We are also sincerely apologizing to the members and the hardworking executives for not commencing some of the task that are programmed by the association but we are looking forward to work closely to make some progress next year and the years to come

Again thank you and wish you all Merry Christmas and Happy and prosperous New Year 2020. 
God bless…!


Collated by MLSGA_Southern Region- Junior Tei Noki

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