KCs… reaching, teaching, keeping youth for Christ

WRITTEN BY MIN TOBITT, INC SOUTH PACIFIC

There is a real buzz among the INC/COC youth in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. In December 2017, the village of Kondopina hosted approximately 1000 young people at the Highlands Regional Youth Camp where the Youth and the Kings Commandos leaders gathered together for training and fellowship.

 

Paul Kupu, the leader of the Highlands Kings Commandos is excited about what God has been doing with the young people in the region. He is competent at spreading the news by social media and soon will be heading to other areas of the Highlands to encourage the growth of this ministry. The enthusiasm is carried from the young people back into their homes and families bringing them to salvation and into the Christian fellowship.

So who are the King’s Commandos?

Under the covering of INC (then known as the Christian Outreach Centre) Keith & Cynthia Kenzler from Noosa in Queensland launched their ministry in Australia in the 1990s with the goal to instruct, challenge and inspire youth in areas of Bible truths, Christian service, leadership skills, and moral conduct through a camping program activities that youth enjoy. Yes, it does sound a bit like other groups but it does include a strong component for Christian service and leadership. It wasn’t long before they knew God was wanting them to take the program to the South Pacific nations where it was received with enthusiasm in PNG, Solomon Islands and in Fiji.

 

Several years ago, Cynthia took hold of the vision again for the South Pacific nations after being widowed and fighting a battle against breast cancer. She continues to train and organize the training element of the vision. As well as being involved at the recent Highlands Camp, she oversees the training in other areas of PNG and also the Solomon Islands.

 

At the opening of the Auki INC church in the Solomon Islands late last year, she was so encouraged to see the KC group there involved in the celebrations. She would welcome other Christian volunteers with a desire to minister in this way to come alongside .In her quiet faithful way, Cynthia has made a difference to the work of INC in the South Pacific. A number of former young Kings Commandos are now in pastoral ministry in their nations.

 

If you would like to give to the work of INC South Pacific please use the following details:

  • Missions
  • BSB:  704 024
  • A/C No:  010000348

Highlands gathering: Papua New Guinea

WRITTEN BY MIN TOBITT, INC SOUTH PACIFIC

During the last week of September 2017 several hundred Pastors and Leaders from the far flung islands, the coasts and the highlands of Papua New Guinea gathered together at a Catholic high school property 30 minutes out of Mt Hagen for the annual COC/INC National Conference and AGM.

 

Hosted by the churches in the Highlands, the Conference delegates settled into the accommodation for the week. The generosity of the Highlanders was evident wherever you looked. Bags of freshly harvested vegetables were piled around the buildings. Groups of white chickens were huddled here and there ready for the cookpot and the local church women gathered in the kitchen ready to feed all the delegates. For the final meal on the final day, three pigs were also cooked in a mumu and added to the menu. Each morning, a generous couple Sam and Samantha provided and prepared a breakfast of hot coffee, bread and eggs.

As is the custom in PNG, the colourful stage was loaded with beautiful flowers and bright balloons and drapes. There was an expectancy at each of the Conference meetings and in the evenings the large auditorium filled up with members of the local churches joining in as well. Praise was energetic and loud and worship times were stirring and meaningful. Times of ministry were approached with respect and hunger.

For some of the meetings, the preaching platform was shared with some of the visitors from Australia which included the Oceania INC Chairman Ross Abraham and pastoral team from the Elevation INC Church in Sydney. Director of Global Care Peter Pilt also accompanied them for their short visit. Murray Townsend and Min Tobitt representing INC South Pacific were there for the five days which included meeting with leadership as well.

 

One significant decision at the AGM was the decision to pursue the establishment of the Human Development Foundation which places the movement in a position to obtain government assistance in providing services for the welfare of the local church communities.

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The National Oversight endorsing the HDF documents.