For months we had been praying for the Jesus march. Eight different circuits from the United Church all across Kokopo & Rabaul coming together for one special day. We were to pray for the youth (the next generation) that the youth would rise up and that God would shine through them and they would live their lives for Christ. It’s the same prayer we pray for all our children & grandchildren.
That Sunday morning finally arrived. We dressed in our circuit colors (each circuit was a different color). It was incredible…for as far as you could see in every direction the youth marched by color singing God’s praises. There were over 5000 people there and when we arrived they asked Tim to lead the march. What an honor to be called the child of the King and be here at this time to share the love of Christ!
After everyone entered through the gates and settled on mats under trees they asked 30 people from each circuit to come and perform the opening song & dance. It was beautiful to see these eight different colors mixing together creating a rainbow effect singing & dancing full of the joy of the Lord. The day was full of God’s word that challenged the youth to rise up, songs, dancing and a feast. It lasted over 6 hours but it felt like just a short time.
Throughout the day they would mention that this was an international event because they had special guest from the United States. We didn’t realize at first that they were talking about us, just thankful that we (YOU & I) get to be united in Christ here in Papua New Guinea to pray for the next generation around the world!
Thanksgiving morning we prayed that God would lead us to just the right person to take care of Titus after we leave. Someone who would love him and in turn Titus would become their watch dog. You have to remember that we are in PNG….it’s a whole different world for animals here.
So, that afternoon Tim tells our Pastor that we’ve been praying for a home for Titus and would he pray about it with us. His sweet wife speaks up and says “we don’t need to pray about it….this is an answer to OUR prayers!” So, while we were praying for a home for Titus they were praying that God would bring them a dog…..
This is Titus & Richard (our Pastor’s grandson) who has come to join his grandparents on the mission field and go through the Bible College here. Titus & Richard have become fast friends and Tim & I have peace knowing that God handpicked this family. Our concerns are His concerns…and our sweet Titus is precious & valuable in Gods eyes too!
Thank you to all those who prayed for Titus!
Tucked away in a little village along the eastern shore we completely missed celebrating Thanksgiving as we recorded God’s word in the Lote language last year….This year we made up for it!
Our Pastor – We are thankful for Pastor his wife. They have been serving faithfully here in PNG for over 30 years. Only God could have lead us to this wonderful Baptist Church that would become the source of feeding our spirit with solid teachings straight from the Bible. Being a fellow American (wontok) they created a Thanksgiving feast and we thanked God for his great abundance in our lives.
Our Friends – That night we were invited to another Thanksgiving by dear friends from Australia, Germany & Papua New Guinea that wanted to help us celebrate. We are so thankful for their friendships, cultural teachings, listening ear and sharing their passion of Kokopo with us. Through some really hard times…these were the friends that picked us up and showered us in love.
Our Staff – The next day we had a PNG style Thanksgiving. The Kokopo center is the heart of where so much work for Christ is being done to glorify Him. From multiple language translation projects, dubbing the Jesus film into the different languages, to audio Bible recordings and so much more…for this to happen we provide a place for everyone to come together. A clean, organized, safe location with water & electricity. A place where you can feel God’s presence and see His beauty all around you. It’s been our act of worship to work tirelessly on your behalf through Christ and with an amazing staff. We are so thankful for Lati, Nelson & Bob. To work beside them. Their integrity, commitment and desire to show the love of Christ in all they do.
Sitting in a banana boat heading across the sea, the person behind me asked about my life jacket. You see, I was the only one on the boat wearing one. Through this simple question I got to share with him the message of salvation.
I wear this life jacket to keep me safe in rough waters, to protect me from drowning if this boat capsizes, but it will only save me if I put on the life jacket & wear it. Much like God’s word. I can own a Bible but if I don’t open it an apply God’s Word to my life what good is it? The only way to truly be safe for all eternity is to apply His word to my life through a relationship with Christ. Putting on the full armor of God every day! Jesus is my life jacket!
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…
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!
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!
All in for bringing God’s Word to Papua New Guinea!