A Strong Foundation

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Carrying a passage of Scripture written in her own heart language, Abu Daniels approached the rectangular foundation of the building being constructed at the Ukarumpa Training Center. She joined other teachers, students and community members in dedicating the new structure to God.

Principal Max Sahl explained that the building would have a classroom at one end, administrative offices at the other, and a conference room with book storage and a library in the middle. Although Mr. Sahl is happy that the center hosted 43 workshops and courses last year, and is on target for the same this year, he encouraged people, “Remember: this is the Lord’s doing and not our own. We don’t ever what to think we are the ones doing this work.”

Dr. Neil Coulter, Director for Language Services, shared from I Corinthians 3:10 about building a foundation. He emphasized that in erecting this physical building, the important thing is that it be used of God to build a spiritual foundation in people’s lives. He explained, “It is our hope that when students leave here they will be stronger in their faith and understand more clearly their relationship with God.”

As the sun rose over the mountains, men and women stepped forward one by one to lay their heart-language scripture in the foundation. Later the construction team would pour cement over the verses, making them a permanent part of the building. In doing this, they demonstrated that they were building on the firm foundation of the Word of God, for the purpose of training people to translate that Word into the mother tongue languages of Papua New Guinea.

Mrs. Daniels, an elementary school teacher, speaks the Yom Kawac dialect of the Bukawa language. Remembering her children at home, she said, “My language area is in the heart of Lae City, but they go to schools that teach in the vernacular. I want my children to grow up knowing their language.” Reflecting the feelings of most people present that morning, she concluded, “This was a very meaningful event. I am glad my language is written in the foundation of this building.”

-Story by Karen Weaver

Ukarumpa Training Centre, Classroom, Founfation

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Bros and Birthdays

10577174_10154445638485332_2718923213532347175_nTheres nothing like having family around to celebrate a birthday. Justin, Evan’s brother arrived 2 days ago and we have been so excited to welcome him here. Just to have someone that gets to experience life and the culture with us here, is so great! We celebrated Evan’s birthday last night with a campfire and some (OMG!) s’mores. We haven’t had marshmallows in the store since we got here a year ago, so it was a super special treat! We also smoked some chicken in Evan’s homemade smoker/grill. We had a great time and are so excited to share this time with Justin. 10629839_10154441323060332_4821942663326943148_n1907425_10154441328835332_3688166549487868927_n

K92 Bridge Update

Kainantu BridgePraise God! Progress has been made! Evan and I really thought that this process would take about 6 months for us to even see signs of a bridge coming into place. But to our surprise there has been so much work put into it already and it is looking good! We are really thanking God for this miracle.

Meanwhile, while the bridge has been out we have found other ways of getting food and people across….6354359816799800372014-08-14-1635431216077642485foot_bridge

Continue to pray! We are not “out of the woods” yet!

K92 Bridge Collapse

10452379_10101561084671158_2179499284613072170_n[Official Report] About 7am this morning (6 Aug 2014) a commercial fuel tanker attempted to cross the Kingston Bridge traveling from Kainantu towards the Aiyura Valley. While the truck was on the bridge the bridge collapsed under the load. Both the bridge and the truck fell into the river below. Reports are that the driver is okay, but we have no further information on his condition. The bridge is not passable by vehicle.

635429194778706726P1100556_cropped_resizedPlease pray for the situation with the Kainantu bridge. It is our only link to the world outside our valley. Any supplies we need have to come over it and we use it to get to other places in the country. Pray that a new bridge is installed soon, and for the people effected (it is a huge water source for many, and now it is contaminated by the fuel truck that went in when it collapsed). Also pray for short term ways we can problem solve by getting things to and from Ukarumpa by road..