The National – Wednesday, December 29, 2010
By JAMES APA GUMUNO
THE people of Yaramanda village in Enga’s Wapenamanda district celebrated Christmas by donating two brand new land cruiser vehicles to the Life in the Spirit Ministry church.
One hundred pigs were killed and shared among the church members from around the country who were present for the occasion.
A total of 40 marijuana addicts also promised to quit and were welcomed into the church during the celebration.
This was a first of its kind in the highlands region where the people contributed money and purchased two brand vehicles, an open back and a 10-seater land cruiser, which were presented to the church to assist with pastoral work.
Church founder Pastor David Dii was overwhelmed with the support given.
Provincial police commander Supt Martin Lakari, who was invited, commended the people for supporting the church and at the same time helped the police to fight crime.
Lakari said for the church to work tirelessly within the community and change 40 marijuana addicts was a big achievement.
He said police tried their best to maintain order by discouraging people from smoking marijuana and engaging in criminal activities but with the help of the church, they were now making a big difference in the fight against law and order problems in the province.
Lakari said if the other churches in the province could work harder and change the lives of the people to turn away from criminal activities and show them the way to live a better life, it would be a boost for the province.
He also said addressing social issues was a responsibility for all.