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A tribute to Moses Nasinom by Malum Nalu

The oldest building in Lae, the Ampo Lutheran Church, which turns 70 this year, will be sadly without one of its longtime custodians for that anniversary.

Moses Nasinom, aged 77 and who was one of those who helped build the Church while still a boy in 1933, died last Friday, January 10, and was buried in the Butibam village cemetery last Saturday.
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His family, and the people of Butibam and other Ahi villages, converged on Mr Nasinom’s beloved Ampo Church last Saturday for his funeral service.

It was also the end of an era, as he was one of a handful of old men and women from the pre – war years, who has contributed much to the development of church work in the village, Lae, Morobe, and Papua New Guinea as a whole.

Mr Nasinom was active in church work throughout his life from when he was born to when he died.

Ampo Pastor Rudy Kahata, in a moving tribute to Mr Nasinom, described him as one of the “pillars and foundations” who died at a time when the Church was just about to undergo major renovation for its 70th anniversary.

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Pastor Rudy pointed, during his tribute, pointed to a container outside of the Church.

“There will be changes to the Church and all the tools and materials are inside that container,” he said.

The Ampo Lutheran Church, built in its present form in 1933, is the only pre – war building in Lae and the timberwork still bears many bullet scars.

During the war, it served as a Japanese hospital when its custodians from Butibam Village, fled into the foothills on the far side of the Busu River.

Mr Nasinom, who was born on August 25, 1925, was one of those who carried stones from the Bumbu River and sand from Wagang Beach with other Butibam lads for the church construction.

Timber was shipped from Bukawa to Wagang, and then carried through the bushes to Ampo.

Mr Nasinom told me – in an article which was published in www.pngbd.com last year – all the major historical events surrounding the Ampo Church.

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In 1993, a German carpenter supervised construction, assisted by no shortage of volunteers from Bukawa and the local Lae villages.

A bush material chapel had been built at Ampo in 1912 by pioneer German missionary, Gottfried Schmutterer, and the first baptism took place on October 20, 1912.

A yellowed fact sheet, supplied by Mr Nasinom, provides a fascinating insight.

“Timber from Bukawa was put on the ship Bavaria and brought to Lae on 11th February, 1933,”it says.

“They started building the Church on 4th March, 1933.

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“They dedicated the Church on 8th October, 1933.

“Forty – six (46) honored white guests were present at the dedication.

“The offering was 87 pounds on that day.

“The money it cost to build the Church was 350 pounds.

“The Church is big enough (and still is to this day) to hold 700 people for a service.”
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Pastor Rudy, during last Saturday’s funeral service, thanked God for the life of Moses Nasinom and asked that the sons and daughters of Butibam follow the footsteps of their fathers.

He was married to wife Rebecca in 1948, confirmed in 1950, and had seven children.

Two of his sons, including well – known and promising Butibam leader Sam Moses, as well as his wife Rebecca died ahead of him.

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His five daughters, 19 grand children, and five great grand children survive Mr Nasinom.

“He (Mr Nasinom) was one of the last old men of Butibam,”Pastor Rudy said.

“God has taken away most of his peers, and he was one of the last.”

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His legacy, however, will live on through the Ampo Lutheran Church as it celebrates its 70th anniversary this year and into the future.

Rest in peace!


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