Church Educational, Health and Theological Establishments
Melpa Lutheran Church has ownership over certain establishments and properties within the geographical boundaries. MLC-PNG currently has the following educational and theological institutions:
Herman Strauss Theological Seminary
Kentagl Village Life Training Centre
Kentagl Evangelist Training Centre
Kentagl Women’s Ministry Centre
Fifteen Community and Primary Schools
Two High Schools
One Secondary School
Five Pre-Schools established in the villages
Two Health Centres and over fifteen Aid Posts
Plan for Melpa Lutheran Church
Our vision for the Church is threefold: (1) spiritual development; (2) social development; and (3) maintenance of public order and harmonious human relationship. MLC also has its philosophy deeply grounded in integral human development and specifically to the spreading and preaching of Good News of the triune God.
The Church has developed a Philosophy of Education, which is firmly grounded in Integral Human Development consistent with the National Constitution and with the overall Philosophy of Education. The Philosophy of Education in Melpa Lutheran Church greatly encourages the development of a whole person in relation to its spiritual, physical, social, intellectual and emotional components. It is strongly believed that such greater emphasis on Integral Human Development is vital for every child as a member of Melpa Lutheran Church because Christ presents himself as a model of a whole person.
The development of a whole person is firmly grounded with the National Goals and Directive Principles which clearly stipulates that “every person is to be dynamically involved in the process of freeing himself or herself from every form of domination or oppression so that each man or woman will have the opportunity to develop as a whole person in relationship with others” (National Constitution, 1975).
The Melpa Lutheran Church has specific programs and goals to achieve in the next ten years. The major plans for Melpa Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea are to:
1. Establish Pastor, Youth, Village life, Evangelist and Women’s Ministry Training Centers and make them available to its members. Some of these have been established and are currently enrolling students.
2. Provide Bible study to all Christian families by their pastors on daily basis in order to nourish and strengthen their faith.
3. Provide bible studies to all leaders of the community and endow with spiritual guidance for their roles.
4. Teach businessmen/women and politicians at all levels to live and work with the people as required by the Holy Scriptures.
5. Establish rehabilitation programs to work with criminals especially with the Youth. Such work is progressing but at a very slow pace because of lack of sufficient funds.
The Melpa Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea is looking forward to work closely with the different levels of governments to ensure that every citizens experience a peaceful life in their own communities, province and country as a whole. The vision of the church towards social and spiritual development and maintenance of public order and harmonious human relationship will always be the fundamental focus of the church in many years to come. MLC believes through past experiences that quality programs and developments can only be achieved at its highest level if the churches and the various governments work hand in hand. The collaborative efforts by both churches and government agencies will inevitably provide the basis for real progress in all aspects of life.
Provision of Health Services
The fundamental aim of Melpa Lutheran Church is to work in close consultation and alongside different levels of government in the provision of effective and quality health services to its Christian members and the general public. One major rationale for the church to work alongside the government is to identify basic health needs of people and attempt to improve such requirements for the betterment of the people specifically mothers, children, the sick and infirm.
Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ came into this world and initially commenced his ministry with the sick lame and paralyzed. He preached about the kingdom of God and healed diseases and removed the evil spirits by the power of the Word of God. His ministry continued even to His crucifixion and death on the cross. He was buried and on the third day He rose again and ascended into heaven.
Before his ascension he delivered his great commission to his disciples saying “ Go then to all people everywhere and teach them the word of God which I have taught you and baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and lay your hands on the sick and heal their diseases (Mark 16:14-18). This great commission provides the basis for MLC to make disciples for Christ and provide health services to heal their diseases in order for the people to enjoy a good standard of living.
As MLC is a newly launched church, it does not have sufficient funds to establish Aid Posts; Health centers and provides drugs to its establishments nor does the church have the capacity to employ doctors, nurses and health extension officers and others.
However, there are existing Aid Posts and Health Centers within the geographical boundaries of Melpa Lutheran Church and the church is encouraging its Christian members to take care of such facilities and the workers that have already been provided for and employed by the government or other sister Lutheran churches in Papua New Guinea.