The Warakamb Elites
The elites are an important group because, they take the lead in organising the conventions, holding awareness activies on diseases such as HIV AIDs, law and order and other important issues in the valley.
The Elites have a president who organises the group. He also has a secretary who would help him or her. The roles are rotated within the group.
Currently (2007/2008) they are:
1. Elite President - Dr. Mark Raphael. Medical Doctor - Port Moresby.
2. Elite Secretary - Micah Kamesoh - Pacific Adventist University, Student.
Elite president Mark Raphael and Micah Kamesoh - assistant.
At the moment, we have elites in the health sector, including nurses, doctors, pharmacist, dental surgery students, teachers, and an accountant and architect and others.
Visitors, Volunteers, Elective students or guests who would like to know more or learn about related fields of their interest (in the PNG context) can contact us for hints, tips or advice.
Pioneer ElitesDespite the fact that no school existed in the Warakamb Valley, few of our men did what they could with the blessing of the Lord.
Dick E. Vep, Pioneer elite
Dick E Vep was one of such man. From an adventist background, he worked hard at high school and went to Laloki Business collge. Today, he is a business development officer in Wabag, assisting in Pyrethrum production and other crops.
NCD WAECA Elites during a recent meeting and BBQ in Port Moresby Papua New Guinea.
Current ElitesOur current elites are still starting to establish them selves. Despite their busy schedules, most attend tro WAECA needs, in terms of time and resources. We all know WAECA was not formed for personel gain, but for our own personal relationship to God, and to spread his ministry.
The Clergy Arm
The Clergyman are the backbone of WAECA. They are made up of the church members of the Warakamb Seventh day Adventist Church, the pastors and and the laymen.
The Clergyman, especially the pastors, laymen and senior church members work hard, bringing the good news to as many members of the valley as they can. When satan is on the loose and creating havoc, these people keep the fire burning to bring light to otherwise would have been a very dark area of the world. May God continue to guide them and bless them.
They were humble and did their jobs with all their might. They spread the word far and wide through out the Western Highlands Union Mission (Seventh day Adventist Church) in Papua New Guinea.
In return, the Lord Blessed them and gave them good health, good wifes who helped them and good children, some of whom are now well educated and helping to build Papua New Guinea. We pay tribute to our retired Pastors. As of April 2008, the Pastors who had retired so far are: Pr. Kep Karte, Pr. Amos, Pr. Assa Wap and Pr. Kainakali. Pastor Pendet Kome will be retiring soon. Although retired, they still play a major role in spreading the word of God.
|Pr. J. Kundapen|
The LaymenOur laymen help the pastors to help spread the word of God and also help run the conventions. There are 6 currently. They have their families to look after but they also look after other church members. Paying them has been an issue. We still have been short financially in paying our laymen who work very hard. We still need lot of help in this area. We pray that some day, we will have the means to help them do the work even more and also get new people trained. We pray our laymen will continue to do the good job. May the Holy Spirit guide them.
There are almost a thousand Seventh day Adventist Church members in the Warakamb Valley. There are several more thousand who are interested and willing to get baptized in the future. This was evident during the last WAECA convention when prominent village chiefs and leaders showed an interest in getting baptized and lined up along the Mendi Kandep Highway.
The Church members are both young and old. The pioneer members act as Dickens and the young join the youth groups who sing in choire groups and also go around helping the needy.
Warakamb Women's Group
The Warakamb Women's group is a group of all the adventist mothers in the valley. They basically go around to help each other in times of physical and spiritual needs.
During the WAECA conventions, the mothers come together to prepare food, accommodation and needs of elites as well as guests. They also go to other meetings within the district or Western Highlands union mission. They have their own prayer group. We thank them for their never ending prayers during the conventions and also before.
WAECA elites owe a lot to the Warakamb women who do some of the hard works in going around praying for the sick, and spreading the word of God.
Warakamb Youth Group.These collection of Young Warakamb Adventist church members lead in singing and welcoming guests apart from their other duties.
Currently the Warakamb children still lack a proper school and health services. Many children die of preventable diseases such as diarhoea, pneumonia, malaria and typhoid. Children who grow up in an adventist family are not as bad.