Picture rolls make a comeback in PNG

School principals are looking forward to using the picture rolls.

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The picture roll—a popular discipleship tool of the past—is being re-introduced to Papua New Guinea communities with the support of the South Pacific Division (SPD).

Madang Manus Mission president Pastor Garry Laukei met with the principals of Adventist schools in Madang on June 20. He demonstrated the picture roll as one of the best tools schools can use to share biblical messages without the need for a data projector and a laptop.

Among those attending the meeting, four of the principals couldn’t wait to introduce the picture rolls into their schools: Steven Masu (Akurai Primary School), Margaret Kamana (Asai Primary School), Fred Nasukra (Sama Primary School) and Joe Benjamin (Riwo Primary School).

Mr Benjamin invited Pastor Laukei to his school the following day to officially present the picture rolls, which were donated by Adventist-laymen’s Services & Industries and transported from the United States to the various Missions with the financial help of the SPD.

The president encouraged both staff and students to use the new resources every Sabbath morning for their branch Sabbath school and during the week for small group Bible studies. The teachers expressed excitement in being able to use the picture rolls to evangelise to the 60 per cent of students who are not Adventist and to the wider Riwo community.

“The use of the picture roll was something of the past and many students today have not sighted one in their schools and do not know what it is,” Pastor Laukei said. “It disappeared many years ago in PNG. For the young generation [born] after the year 2000, introduction of the picture roll is a new development.

“I would like to see more schools in Madang and Manus involved in discipleship making using the tool the Division has provided. Madang Manus Mission is pleased to receive the picture rolls from the Division and would like to thank them for re-introducing the picture rolls to make witnessing easier for those in the rural areas where technology cannot reach them.”

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