History

Stori Bilong CRMF

Co-founder Claude D'Evelyne surveying the area

Alan Nutt & Kevin Woods in the workshop

Claude & Betty D'Everlyn with group

Back in 1946, Claude, Syd and Bob were drawn together in a remarkable way sensing that God had called them to use their combined talents and experience to further the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They began by making Children's Bible Adventure programs that were broadcast over some 150 radio stations in Australia and New Zealand. They also designed and built a radio transceiver that would assist missionaries who were located in remote areas.
This latter project led to the setting up of a radio communications network in Papua New Guinea in 1956. For around 40 years CRMF was based at Rugli - 30 km north of Mt Hagen. In 1993 it became necessary to move to a town location, Goroka was selected and a temporary operations centre was set up in a Salvation Army Hall. At the end of 2001 CRMF moved to a purpose designed Communications Centre.

One of CRMF's key roles since the 1990's is the training of Papua New Guineans in technical skills.

CRMF has been successful in training radio and electronics technicians and also an electrician.

In 2002 the first female apprentice started learning to repair computers, having had no previous experience at all during her years of schooling in PNG.

To provide extra space for the growing operations, an extension to the Communication Centre was added in May 2009.


That would have to be the shortest history lesson you have ever had, but CRMF is not about creating history, but creating a future.