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Churches urged to help address social woes

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CHURCHES in Port Moresby have been urged by National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop to put “faith into action” to address social problems in the city.
He said this last Saturday when addressing a fundraising activity for the Christian Apostolic Fellowship to build a new church building at Hohola – to be known as City Worship Centre.
Parkop challenged church members to put their “faith into action” rather than building a church “for the sake of building a church”.
“It’s good to build a church, but the challenge for this church and every other church in Papua New Guinea is to make that vision real,” he said.
“In other words, put our faith into action and make it work. That is the biggest challenge for all of us.
“We may have a new church building, but we are still empty inside and are not fulfilling the Word of the Lord or the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Parkop said there were many social problems in Port Moresby and appealed to the churches for their help.
“I want our city to become the best city in the Pacific,” he said.
“Many people, when we started this journey, thought that it would be hard to achieve. But nine years on, I can see that we are getting there.
“I want our city to be a clean city, healthy city and also a safe city. I believe that is not hard to achieve but for our behaviour.”
Parkop said one of the things he had done was to impose a ban on the sale of betel nut in the city.

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