Registration of Incorporation
The registration of the Incorporation has been granted to Sunrise Bethel Christian School. We are very excited as the process has been slow and at times interesting to say the least. The registration allows us to establish a bank account and apply for work permits for the Australian teachers.
I must acknowledge the work and responsibility that Keith Iduhu undertook in obtaining the registration. His legal background helped us throughout the whole process. Without his help we would not have achieved the registration.
After going to PNG to meet the first container, it arrived at the church the day after I left the country! The process of getting the container from the port to the Church was an arduous and at times frustrating one.
We ended up paying a little more than we had planned with some payments needing to be made in cash in order for the container to be released. Apparently it arrived in good shape with all contents in tact.
The container is being unpacked slowly and will be used for storage and to house the generator.
There is growing interest in the school in PNG. We have been offered land in at least one village in order to start a school, while an established school has approached us to help it out for a 12 month period.
It seems that there will be a groundswell of interest that will need to be managed well and carefully as not to extend our current resources.
The strength of the Australian Dollar has helped with some of the extra costs we have incurred. The Kina is 2.4 to the Australian Dollar at the moment where three months ago it was 1.8 to the Australian Dollar.
I have interviewed a number of people for the positions within the school. We are in need of a teacher, two SSO’s, an Office Manager and two security guards. The process of employing a teacher has been a reasonably long and interesting with a number of applicants with varying degrees of skill.
The Office Manager and the SSO that I have interviewed will be employed while the current security guards at the church will also be employed by the school. These men work for the and live on the site.
The work permits are being processed and will be completed shortly. We did have a surprise PGK9,000 (A$3,700) fee during he process in a for the three permits. The permits will be processed, a permit number provided and then we can apply for the necessary visas for the Tumes’s and Caleb.
The classrooms have been painted by the Church and the newly arrived blackboards and pin boards are currently being installed.
The desks and chairs purchased through Brian Bell should arrive in the next few weeks.
After a great deal of work by Mark Nokes that has unfortunately come to nothing, we have decided to build the fence around the church using a local contractor. The fence should be completed by the commencement of school.
Peter and Kerry Angel are friends and key figures in the development of the school. Peter Angel will be going to Bethel to volunteer his time as an electrician to complete some vital tasks such as installing the generator, fans and other necessary electrical work. His help is much appreciated.
I met with a number of the inaugural Board members to discuss their function in the new school.
Apart from managing the school, one of their major challenges will be the management of the growth and development other schools in PNG due to the demand.
Below is a brief profile of the Board written by Pastor Gwaibo ( I have added a few comments to Gwaibo’s profile);
1. Pastor FUWE HAGEYO – Senior Pastor of Bethel Tabernacle of Praise joined Bethel Team as a teenager and worked with Pastor Barry Silverback since then. Papa Fuwe is the current oversight of all Bethel Operations.
2. Pastor AI WARI – Associate Senior Pastor of Bethel Tabernacle of Praise. Ai has been with the Bethel Team for the last 30 years
3. Pastor GWAIBO BADIRA – Assistant Senior Pastor of Bethel Tabernacle of Praise. Gwaibo has been with the Bethel team for the last 20 years. Gwaibo is the key figure for all communication and tasks in the development of the school. His willingness to help has been pivotal to the success of the project thus far.
4. Mr. JOHN TOGUATA – Is a lay-pastor and serves on the eldership of Bethel Tabernacle of Praise Church. A former Police Officer with PNG Royal Constabulary Police. He has climbed the ranks and files of the PNG Police Force to become New Guinea Island Regional Police Commander as Assistant Police Commissioner. He has served as Operational Commander in North Solomons Province during Bougainville crisis. He then worked with the Ombudsmen Commission as Operations Director. Mr. ToGuata is currently working with Aus-Aid project on PNG Law and Justice Sector. He is very vocal on anti-corruption both in PNG and International forums. He said “I am very passionate about Sunrise Bethel Christian School and I want to be very much part of it”.
5. Mr. YATI BUN – Is also an elder of this church. Formerly worked with National Forest Product on a very senior management role within Forest Department. Mr. Bun currently works with an NGO on Environmental issues affecting nations. In his capacity has an NGO worker he has travel around the world attending and speaking in conferences and seminars. He has an international reputation for his expertise and integrity. Mr. Bun is the Leader of our Men’s fellowship in Bethel Tabernacle of Praise church. And he quote; “I want to be part of Sunrise Bethel Christian School – I want to contribute to school by participating in this way.”
6. Mr. KONE KULA – Is an elder of this church. Mr. Kula works for PNG Telikom a leading telecommunication organization in PNG. He is in the senior management position with Telikom and has a role in marketing. He is also a leader of our Men’s Fellowship who assists Brother Yati with men’s activities in the church. Kone says “I am excited that we have our own school in the movement to reach Parents and families in nations for Christ”.
7. Mr. ROGER TUMES – Principal of Sunrise Bethel Christian School – Port Moresby, PNG. Mr. Tumes is Principal under appointment of both the Adelaide Christian School (ACS) Board and Head of Schools for Sunrise Christian Schools, Temple Christian College and Sunrise Christian School – Whyalla. He has over 30 years teaching experience in Australia.
Three (3) Pastors and the three (3) Elders with the Principal will form the Board on the interim until further adjustments are made to facilitate female counterparts to this board.
The school now has an ANZ Bank account!