The National, Friday November 1st, 2013
By GABRIEL LAHOC
TEN per cent of Morobe’s provincial budget committed to churches will be spent outside the province where early evangelists set foot to spread the gospel, Governor Kelly Naru says.
He made the announcement to hundreds of Lutheran faithful when addressing the Evangelical Lutheran Church Mumeng district conference in Timini, Bulolo, on Wednesday where he presented a total of K70,000.
“For the first time in the history of this country, a provincial government has committed a tenth of its revenue and budget to the churches to strengthen the business of God,” Naru said.
“And now this work benefiting churches and Christians is not only working in the districts of Morobe province but reaching places where past Morobe evangelists had gone,”
Naru said a pastors’ conference in Kainantu and a youth conference in Henganofi, in Eastern Highlands, had benefited from it and future church gatherings in Morobe and other provinces would benefit.
“We have to do some serious soul searching of ourselves in terms of financial commitment, in terms of our resources, our assets and our ability to see how best we can use this one-tenth to build the business of God,” he said.
From the money presented, K50,000 will be used by the conference, while each of the 19 participating parishes and conference organising team got K1,000 each from the money.