“REPENTANCE is the language of the Christian Religion,” says Pastor Mosbi Tunge of Papua New Guinea Bible Church (PNGBC), on the day of prayer and repentance or now known as the Covenant Day of Prayer.
Indeed on this early morning of Saturday 26th August, 2017 there was a lot of tears in repentance and a lot of praying for the nation of Papua New Guinea because this was the meaning of this day which was honouring and signifying the day when the founding father of the nation, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare in the year 2007 declared officially that the God of Israel is the God of Papua New Guinea.
The day of observance of day of prayer and repentance in the early days was held on 6th of August but later was declared by the government to take place on the 26th of August to coincide with the Covenant Day which was declared a public Holiday by the government. This public holiday was actually a ‘holy day’ and not a holiday for people to have a rest or play sports or do other things. It is a day set aside by the government for people to be free to gather in their individual churches or in gatherings such as the one that took place at the House of Parliament last Saturday morning.
The main bible scripture quoted was 2 Chronicles 7:13-14, “Whenever I hold back the rain or send locusts to eat up the crops or send an epidemic on my people, if they pray to me and repent and turn away from the evil they have been doing, then I will hear them in heaven, forgive their sins, and make their land prosperous again.” GNB.
More than a thousand Christian believers braved the early morning cold to arrive at the front of the National Parliament House as early as 4:00am with joy and expectation.
The prayer session being led by Pastor Daniel Hewali of the Agape Interdenominational Church convened by having selected prayer warriors and intercessors to pray for each of the 22 provinces and even the international community.
Then the message for the day was delivered by Pastor Mosbi, basing his story of the parable of Jonah who was called by God to preach ‘repentance’ to the people of Nineveh. He also referred to Abraham repenting on behalf of the cities of Sodom and Gomorah and interceding on behalf of the faithful people who may be living there.
“Thus we repent on behalf of our leaders in this national. There has to be repentance in the Christian Leaders. When Christian leaders repent as in 2 Chronicles 7:14, God will heal our land,” said Pastor Tunge.
“When the people of Israel left Egypt, when Jacob’s descendants left that foreign land….” Psalms 114:1-8, God’s presence went with Israel and led them through the wilderness and opened the Red Sea, because Moses repented and went before Pharaoh in obedience to God’s command, he said.
“We crave and desire that God will take over this nation. This repentance day is happening because Jesus is coming again, and it is not a repentance for Oil and Gas,” Pastor Tunge said.
The observance of the day was creamed with an address from the founder and pastor of the popular gospel band, ‘Planet Shakers’, Pastor Russel Evans. Pastor Evans was born in Wewak where his parents were missionaries.
To cap up the day, the pastors and leaders were invited to a breakfast meeting with the Speaker of Parliament, however the speaker was not available but the Deputy Speaker and Member for Nip-Kutubu, Jeffery Komal, was in attendance.
During the breakfast meeting, Pastor Brooke Steen, representing the Baptist International Missions presented a ceremonial bible to the deputy speaker and the Member for Imbongu and Minister for Higher Education, Pila Niningi to symbolise the support for the 400 year old KJV bible which was placed in the Parliament Chamber since 2015.
From there on a tailor made bible will be given to each of the 111 Members of Parliament. About 330,000 bibles have been brought into the country, which will go to as many school children as possible in the next few months.