Can you “hear” the excitement?

It’s exciting to see how YOUR prayers are being answered! 10 months ago we went on our 1st Audio recording trip to Umbukul and now we (YOU & I) get to go back for the dedication of the complete New Testament Audio Bible!

I leave on Sunday afternoon – fly to Kavieng (green star) and then Monday morning (Sunday night for you) I will travel by banana boat from Kavieng through all those small islands and then down, around and up to Umbukul (red star). Last time it took 3 hours to get there, but over 6 to get back due to bad weather…

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I am so thankful to be united with you to bring God’s Word to His people and I pray that everything we do & say points others to Christ…All for His glory!

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Let EVERYTHING we do, be an act of worship…

Before Flat G

Rat’s, termites, faulty electrical, no hot water …… needless to say we were pretty sad when we heard that this was our new home…

After Flat G

All things made new….well almost

Porch Before

This was right outside our door and the 1st thing you saw when you arrived here.

 

A saying from a dear friend..."it's like having sand in your eyes" can't stop till it's all cleaned up.

A saying from a dear friend…”it’s like having sand in your eyes” can’t stop till it’s all cleaned up.

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Now it’s actually a place that can be used!

 

A workbench that can be used for projects now.

A workbench that can be used for projects now.

LUKE x 6 ….all for God’s glory!

This is what YOU & I have been apart of these last 4 weeks!

LP Ailan stands for the Luke Partnership in the Islands of PNG. (Ailan is how Island is spelled in Tok Pisin)

Several mission orgs take part. Wycliffe, The Seed Co and Cru’s Jesus Film team.

There are 8, 3-4 week training sessions held twice a year for 4 years. (This was the 1st of these workshops!)

By the end of the 4 years each language team should have the book of Luke translated, have Luke available in audio, and have the Jesus Film produced in their language.

There are 6 new language teams who are working on Luke and 2 language teams who already have NTs are working on Genesis and Exodus.  

In this first course, the translators have been learning the 10 step process for producing good 1st draft translations. They have each translated Luke 1:5-25 and printed 5 copies of their translation work to take back to the village. Hopefully this will spark even more interest in these languages for having the Word of God in their language. Besides translation they have been learning about how their own languages work and how they are different than other languages like Greek, Hebrew and English. They have also been learning about how the Jews lived long ago in their Bible Background lessons and what problems that causes people who live in the tropics. They have also been learning basic study skills like how to use a dictionary, how to skim and find the main point of an article. They have also been discovering how figurative language is used in the Bible and how to deal with it in their languages.

Please keep them in your prayers as they all head back to their villages. Most will have to travel across the sea. We are so thankful you sent US to be your hands & feet in Papua New Guinea! Sending love from around the world!

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All in for bringing God’s Word to Papua New Guinea!

Meri’s & Muffin’s

I can’t stop thinking about Judith…..she’s the wife of one of our national translators. She came to have her baby at our hospital. We don’t have a doctor but, we are thankful for the dedicated nurses.

I was notified that she just gave birth to a precious little baby girl so, of course I wanted to see her… I arrive at the hospital just a few hours after delivery, but I couldn’t find her. I ask the nurses (in my best tok pisin) and they tell me she’s already been discharged?!

I finally find her….can you imagine doing this? I can’t….

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She has a baby and just a few hours later she’s released, walks down to the end of the road with her new baby girl in her arms and waits for a PMV (Public Motor Vehicle). Next, she rides the PMV to the beach and waits there for over 6 hours to catch a boat. Of course, it’s raining by the time she get’s on the boat for the 3 hour ride across the (not so smooth) sea. Upon arrival….she still has to walk to her village…..did I mention the baby is not even 24 hours old.

Through Judith, I felt compelled to start going to the maternity ward and bring the new mother’s something to eat after their babies are born. It gives us (YOU & me) a chance to show God’s love and at the same time love on these precious new babies. Today, we brought 4 dozen (made from scratch) pumpkin muffins. There are so many ways to share the love of Jesus with our sister’s & brother’s in Christ here in PNG. Feeling thankful & blessed.  

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PNG Meri’s amaze me!

 

Brick by Brick!

Have you ever read the book of Nehemiah? It’s incredible; we just finished chapter 4. Tell me if this reminds you of anything …

God places a deep desire on Nehemiah’s heart to do something that would seem completely impossible.                                                                                                                                 We feel a great burden that everyone should be able to have God’s Word in their heart language.

Nehemiah travels a great distance to do God’s work, but he can’t do it alone. 

We (You & I) are called to Papua New Guinea. We could not do this without your prayers & financial support.  

He rallies the people to work within each clan and in doing so he directs them to the Father.                                                                                                                       

We work with each language group to record God’s Word in their language, so everyone will hear & understand God’s truth.  

When Nehemiah faced opposition, he sounded the trumpet.                            

We send out an email.

Half the people are physically building the wall, and the other half are protecting the builders with their swords

We will be there doing the recording, but will be covered in your prayers for protection against the enemy.

In no time, what originally seemed impossible is finished

Not going to lie, 260 chapters & 7,958 verses feels overwhelming. Thankful only 89 chapters & 3,779 verses are left! Only through Christ and YOUR prayers can this be completed!

Truth! We can apply God’s Word today just as it was applied in the past.

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This is what you need to know:

I’ll (without Tim for the 1st time in Papua New Guinea (PNG) be leaving on the 7th of April around 1:00pm to Uvol (around 1100:pm on the 6th for you).

I’ll travel for approximately 24 hours on the ocean.

We will be recording all the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John)

My plan is to stay for 1 week to mentor, train and advise our Recording Technicians and make sure that there are no “technical difficulties”

As long as the boat makes a return trip, I should be back by the 16th.

While in the village, more than likely I will not be able to communicate (not even with Tim). So please, don’t forget to pray! I can’t do this without all of YOU!!!!

On the WATER at last!!!!

Exciting news to share!!!! Everyone keeps asking the same question, we ask….is the boat ready? Well, it was recently tested on the lake. Many things went right but, when you’re sending a boat around the world to transport God’s precious cargo….you need EVERYTHING to be right! Thankful for the incredible team that have worked tirelessly to make this happen.

Next, they will make the adjustments and fine tune this beautiful boat and then Tim will be sent back to North Carolina for the “Sea Trials”. Pray with us that God fills this team with His wisdom and that everything comes together soon….so many people are counting on this boat to bring God’s word!

Lake trials have begun!

Lake trials have begun!

How can I explain?

Words….we speak, write & record them…but sometimes we still can’t find the right words. Words that show you just how hard this would be without you praying…When I tell you we have to go by boat…is this what you imagined?

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When I tell you we have to carry all our equipment, is this what you picture?

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When I say recording studio, was this your 1st thought?

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And when I say, we had plenty to eat, did you guess rice & snake?

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Even though it’s hard….somedays REALLY hard, you arrive to do a recording and there is so much excitement because today’s the day. Finally, their Bible is going to be recorded, so everyone that speaks their language can know & hear God’s truth!

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There so much more I want to tell you, if only I could find the words…