Who are Kaikai I Mau (The Harvest Is Ready) ?
Jesus said to his disciples, 'The harvest is rich but the laborers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers to His harvest'.
(Mt. 9:37; Lk 10:2)
Who is Kaikai I Mau?
One day the Lord said to us during prayer, “The Garden of God is ready for harvest.” He showed us a vineyard with an abundance of fruits. KIM intercessors were working in the garden. The Lord said, “It is for you to harvest.” Kaikai I Mau Intercessors form a Spiritual “house of prayer”. They share in the harvesting work of God by their missionary work of intercessory prayer. The Lord has described KIM intercessors “as the sickle in the hand of the reaper … the ax in the hand of the one who cuts timber ... the spade in the hand of one who plows the garden and reaps its fruits.” These images represent a spiritual work of harvesting through intercession.
Kaikai I Mau is the name of the Papua New Guinea branch of an international missionary association of intercession called “The Catholic Charismatic Intercessors of the Fellowship of the Burning Bush” (FBB). In 1988, Kaikai I Mau was first introduced in Wewak, PNG by FBB foundress, Franciscan Missionary, Sister Stephen. This was at the invitation of Father Eddie Bauer, SVD, who has since gone home to the Lord.
Then in 1993, Bishop Ray Kalisz, SVD, established KIM as an “Association of the Faithful” in the Diocese of Wewak, E.S.P. Since then branches of KIM have begun in other PNG dioceses. Our main service is intercession for the work of the Holy Spirit in the whole Catholic Church.
Working in the harvest field of God…
Jesus said, “Look around you, look at the fields; already they are white, ready for harvest! Already the reaper is being paid his wages, already he is bringing in the grain for eternal life …
I sent you to reap a harvest you had not worked for.
Others worked for it; you have come into the rewards of their trouble.' (John 4:36-38)
The Reaper of God’s Harvest, The Holy Spirit, first began His work in earnest through the Lord Jesus,
“The Spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for he has anointed me.
He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives and to the blind new sight, to set the downtrodden free, to proclaim the Lord's year of favor.”
The Lord Jesus gives us great encouragement by His Life and His Words to guide us in how to understand and do our intercession work. The Lord has said to us, “When you pray, don’t listen to others, listen to the Holy Spirit.” “I am with you. do not be afraid. I want to use you to do my Work.” “I have filled you abundantly. Do not be afraid.” “You are the watchtower from which power goes out – a powerhouse.” “Watch and pray.”
The missionary work of intercession God has calls us to, demands generosity of spirit and commitment.
“The one who received the seed in rich soil is the man who hears the word and understands it … people with a noble and generous heart who have heard the word and take it to themselves and yield a harvest through their perseverance.”
(Matthew 13:23; Luke 8:15)
The Lord challenges us to live our prayer deeply – first by being as a tree bearing good fruit – “He who is with Me will bear much fruit ...to the Glory of the Father.” (John 15:4,5,8) Then, like Jesus, we are called by God to share the fruit God gives us with others – as well as to gather in the harvest of souls into His Kingdom, through our missionary work of intercession prayer.
“You did not choose me, no, I chose you; and I commissioned you to go out and to bear fruit, fruit that will last; and then the Father will give you anything you ask Him in My Name.” (John 15:16)
“Ask of Me and I will give you the nations for your heritage.” (Psalm 2: 8)
Papua New Guinea, PNG, is often called “paradise.” One day, during our prayer, the Lord called PNG by a new name: “paradise redeemed” ... a word of real hope for PNG. Our logo catches the heart of the meaning and work of Kaikai I Mau Intercessors in the Garden of God … “Paradise Redeemed”.
The palm tree in our logo reminds us first of the tree of life in the garden of paradise, which God Himself planted. It also reminds us of another tree, the tree of the cross, which again, God Himself planted (Luke 1:42; Hebrews 10: 5-10), and which has become the source of abundant Eternal Life. The five branches of the palm tree remind us of the five wounds of Jesus --- from which was born the New Paradise redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb.
“I tell you, most solemnly, unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies,
it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest.” (John 12:24)
The rising sun over the sea reminds us of the Bread of Life – the Body and
Blood of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist ... the greatest treasure of the Church. The bird of paradise, unique to PNG, is rising up with the sun – just as “Jesus rose from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit and He is with us.” Jesus is the “first-fruits” harvested by the Holy Spirit. (1Corinthians 15:20, 23) He is the ever-living fruit of the Tree of Life that gives Eternal Life in the New Paradise Redeemed -- the great harvest of God from heaven … ready to be reaped.
“I am the Bread of Life.” “No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 6:35-65; John14: 6) “I have come that you may have Life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
The palm tree bends down heavy with fruits for the harvest. We also see abundance in the many fruits represented throughout the logo – a sign of the plentiful fruits of many different peoples of many different languages and cultures ready to be harvested, to be gathered into the Kingdom of God. The canoe and the bush knives, two main tools of the harvest in PNG, stand ready for the work of the harvest.
What do we do?
Since beginning in 1988, KIM intercessors meet during lunch-time on weekdays at the Wirui Cathedral, Wewak, to pray. Also, KIM intercessors met weekly with their founding Bishop Ray Kalisz, SVD of Wewak in his office to intercede together with him for the needs of the Diocese.
Various intercession groups around the country also meet together to intercede in small intercession prayer cells, praying as the Holy Spirit leads. They meet at various times in parishes, work places, homes, schools, hospitals, and in religious communities. KIM intercessors have assisted other ministries over the years by interceding during their special events and for their intentions. A special project of KIM is daily intercession for each priest of the diocese. The Nine Hours or all-night intercession vigils, sponsored by KIM, provide an opportunity for all groups in a diocese or in parishes to join together to pray more deeply for the larger needs of the Church. KIM also sponsors retreats and training seminars for those who would like to grow deeper in missionary intercession. KIM members have joined together in international and national FBB projects and pilgrimages.
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