More than a Computer Teacher

Story: Karen Weaver
Photos: Karen Weaver & Helen Sahl

After spending 15 years teaching computers at a university in Scotland, Bob was thankful to move to Papua New Guinea where he can use his experience by teaching computer skills to high schoolers. The parents of his students fly airplanes, work in the medical clinic, teach school, record Scripture, repair computers, maintain solar panels, translate the Bible into minority languages, and a host of other jobs.

Bob teaches the teenagers basic skills such as typing and creating documents in Word and Publisher, along with more advanced topics such as writing a website and computer programming.

But for Bob, living in Papua New Guinea is not only about teaching school. He also rubs shoulders with the local people by walking across the river to church on Sundays, chatting with PNG co-workers at his school, and visiting his adopted village during school breaks. Recently he was able to deliver to his village friends a box of Audibibles, which play Scripture in their local language and can be recharged in the sun.

Bob says, “It is a joy to be able to minister both to the students and to the local people here. It is such a privilege to be able to visit my adopted village and be treated as part of the clan. Through it all I hope and pray that individuals are being brought closer to Christ.”

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