The National, Wednesday October 30th, 2013
By PETER ESOP WARI
A SURPRISE visit by Nipa-Kutubu MP Jeffery Komal to a church camp in the Upper Plateau LLG in the Southern Highlands brought tears of joy to thousands of Christians there.
Komal pledged K10,000 to the Christian Union Mission (CUM) church at Montenda.
The CUM was the first church to start missionary work there in the 1960s.
Komal thanked the church for playing an active role in contributing some of the basic services, including health and education.
“The church had changed the lives of many people living in the rugged terrain of the district and has always stood with the people to quell tribal conflicts and bring peace,” he said.
Komal said the government alone could not touch the hearts of the people to change their lives but working in partnership with churches was important as they were already based in the rural areas.
“I am so pleased with the good work you (church) have done over the years and would like you to continue. I will always stand by your side to help with your work so that people are spiritually and physically fit,” he said.
CUM district superintendent Pr John Tend said no Nipa-Kutubu MP has ever helped the church with such money and they were happy to work with the government of the day.
“We are proud with the work the government was doing as it has given hope to many of the poor people in the rural communities and has brought light to the nation,” Tend said.
He said the church would continue to do its work to shape and mould people’s lives.