Students at Papua New Guinea’s Kerina Evangelists College had been undertaking their studies with a severe lack of an important academic resource – books. But their library has been vastly improved of late, with a gift from Rev Canon Kath Maclean, and the Porirua Hospital Chapel. Kath is the supervisor for Margaret Poynton, a member of our diocese currently serving in the Anglican Church in Papua New Guinea, and she had recently been given a collection of post-1970s books from a clergy colleague. Through her connections to Margaret, Kath arranged for the books to be delivered to the school and Father George Kasme, newly-appointed principal of the college, was delighted to receive them.
One of the books, Christian Moral Ethics, has become the text for a new course of the same name. The students who usually have just a basic primary school education train at the College for two years before being sent to work as volunteers in remote villages as Lay Catechists. They are the primary evangelists throughout the Anglican Church, meeting people where they are, sharing the good news of the Gospel, teaching new ways of approaching life within the cultural context (something no “white skin” can ever do), and growing disciples. Their chapel communities are sometimes a day’s walk from the Parish Centre where the Parish Priest is located.
That box of books along with some bible commentaries supplied by a Christchurch parish make up the entire collection of books in the college library, and was a very gratefully received gift. It is hoped that more books can be added to the library in due course.