How You Can Help

We need horns!

The Koki Band plays every Sunday at the Koki Corps, and is also the duty band for all territorial and regional events held in Port Moresby. We don’t have enough horns to go around, and many of the horns we have are not in good working order.


The Koki Band with General Linda Bond, PNG Congress 2012


  • Planning a trip this way, or know someone who is? Maybe you could find a spare cornet, alto, baritone, that could be brought along in a piece of luggage or as carry-on.
  • We can buy horns locally in Port Moresby. Right now the exchange rate is very favorable. So if you wanted to send money to sponsor a new horn, contact me and I’ll let you know the best way to make the transfer.

Here are some other ideas that are always good:

  • Share this blog with your friends
  • Let us know if you’ve got questions, or if there are things you’d like to see here
  • Pray for us, and for The Salvation Army in Papua New Guinea
  • Support your local and divisional missions projects
  • Send Candy! 😉 (Hot Tamales; Peanut M&Ms; Twizzlers [original!]; Bubble Gum)

10 responses

  1. What kind of candy?

    1. I like Hot Tamales, and Sandy likes Peanut M&Ms! 🙂

  2. Love the sweet tooth for sweet people.

    1. Aw, thanks Mary! (I’ve always been a kind-of-a candy-holic!)

  3. Can you give us some information on what The Salvation Army does for services there and a little more information on the country itself. I know that many are praying for you and can share this information in our appointments. Blessings on you both.

    1. Mary, most of our “social services” are street ministries. There are feeding programs, and “Settlement Ministries” where we go into these settlement areas to offer help and hope. We take food into the streets, but we also encourage folks to take advantage of our clinics, schools, churches, etc.

      We run schools and medical clinics, and even some motels, throughout the country. We go into many of the villages to try to help provide water storage tanks to help through the dry season. We offer “micro credit” programs, like helping a family get two chickens, some chicken wire and some feed, so that they can establish their own marketable commodities (eggs, chickens).

      In my role as projects officer, it’s my responsibility to help anyone who envisions a way to help people, secure the funding to accomplish that. We have projects ranging from the aforementioned chickens to vehicles (ambulances, transport, etc.) to training facilities, to … you name it. I’m still learning the vast scope of it all. Truly the sky’s the limit!

      Thank you for your concern, and for your prayers, and for helping to spread the word about this exciting work in this part of the world!

      God bless.

  4. Curtiss & Sandy,

    You said you’re still learning all the possibilities. Since you wrote that can you share with us some experiences you’ve had and share some of your accomplishments? I am fascinated by what you are doing over there.

    Now for the important stuff,,,did you ever get any candy?

    Deb Bates

    1. Hi Deb,

      I hope you’re enjoying learning more about our adventures through this blog! It’s great to hear from you, and I appreciate your encouragement.

      Just last week we received a care package from a friend in Chicago — with nothing but a huge bag of Peanut M&Ms for Sandy, and four bags of Twizzlers for me!!! 🙂

      It cost more than the candy was worth to send it to us, but we sure appreciated it. And I’m embarrassed by how much I’ve eaten of the Twizzlers already!

      God bless.

  5. Tell me about the data projector…cost, etc.

    1. Hi Donna, Thanks for your interest. In the states we call it a video projector. It’s used in lots of corps and churches to project PowerPoint, Media Shout, Instant Song Presenter, etc. so that the congregation can see the words on the big screen. They’re used for meetings, small groups, presentations, even movies! They can cost a couple of hundred dollars to thousands of dollars (for huge convention hall type uses). Here in PNG, they’re all, even the small cheap ones, very expensive!

      It looks like we may have one provided to us by my Uncle Nancy. But we appreciate your interest in helping us out — and we’ll let you know if this one doesn’t work out.

      God bless.

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