BY SIBA MESA
Three Catholic Church faithfuls made the biggest decision in their lives to step out of the church that nurtured them to join the PNG Bible Church.
Last week, in a small but significant farewell ceremony, Andrew Kewa, Amos Puk and Desmond Kur, all from the Kopi tribe in the Hagen Central District area, did what has never been done before in their community.
The new spiritual chapter in their lives with the PNGBC will see Andrew and Amos attend the Tambul Bible College, and Desmond the Pacific Bible College in Pabrabuk.
The Kopi community, comprised mainly of Catholic faithfuls, after much discussion, agreed to release the three to the PNG Bible Church.
Father Michael Akel from the Mt Hagen Catholic Archdiocese is a family member of the three and said that the family and tribe leaders in the Polga community respected their decision.
“In heaven, there is no church; those who believe and live a godly life on earth will earn their place in heaven, you want to sacrifice yourselves for the PNGBC so on behalf of the family, I release you three,” said Fr Michael.
PNG Bible Church Hagen district president Reverend Berri Tina and head pastor Paul Pupindi and other pastors thanked the Catholic community for their understanding.
“We did not lure them, it was their own decision to move and I acknowledge the Catholic Church for keeping the gospel, and for providing many of the basic services in the province,” said Rev Tina.