The Binandere People {A Trip to Help a Translator}

Translator, Village, Papua New Guinea, Bible Translation, Bible, Women, Men, Wycliffe Bible Translators, UkarumpaLast week I was so blessed to be able to go out to a village in the Oro Province of PNG to serve a couple who does translation work for the Binandere people. They wanted a video to take with them as they go home on furlough, and so they asked me if I would be able to come out with them for a day and of course I leapt at the opportunity! The Binandere language group has about 6,900 speakers and the Wilsons have been working with this language group for 25 years. They have been able to get some portions of scripture published, like Mark, but are still working on getting their entire new Testament finished. I have been able to work a lot with their daughter Jonita who is a senior at the High School and I have been very blessed to know their family.

Because the village is so remote and doesn’t have a working airstrip, we had to take an airplane to a village nearby and then take a 20 minute helicopter ride the rest of the way in. The Helicopter pilot also came to help them fix their leaking water tank, and so we both stayed the night and then I was able to take the helicopter all the way home the next day. It was such a treat getting to see all of the relationships that these translators had formed with the Binandere all these years. The people have watched their children grow up as they have also watched many people in the village grow up and become leaders. Here are a few pictures from my time there.

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 We visited the local school.

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 This lady had a lot of fun at one point carrying my tripod around and dancing with it. She was a hoot.

Translator, Village, Papua New Guinea, Bible Translation, Bible, Women, Men, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Ukarumpa, HelicopterSo of course I had to get a picture with her…

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We walked around the village shaking hands with everyone and visiting folks that the Wilsons have known for years and love on each time they come back. This was one of my favorite little old ladies that couldn’t see very well, but she loved to tell stories.
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The helicopter pilot was a HUGE help as he was able to fix leaks in the translator’s water tank.Translator, Village, Papua New Guinea, Bible Translation, Bible, Women, Men, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Ukarumpa, Helicopter

One of the Wilson’s partners was able to purchase Bibles for all of the 8th graders a couple of years back. Here is a portrait with Joyce and her gospel of Mark.

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The Wilson’s have 3 Papua New Guinean Co-Translators, here was one of them reading his Bible.

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On the way home we had to stop off at a little village where they keep fuel. Some men helped us refuel the helicopter. Translator, Village, Papua New Guinea, Bible Translation, Bible, Women, Men, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Ukarumpa, Helicopter, LakeTranslator, Village, Papua New Guinea, Bible Translation, Bible, Women, Men, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Ukarumpa, Helicopter, Lake

April Fool’s Joke?

SO like many Ukarumpians today I received this announcement from the Clinic….

On the evening of March 20th, Ukarumpa experienced an electrical storm around 1630-1730. During this storm, the power line to the clinic was inadvertently struck by lightning. The resulting power surge damaged the clinic’s Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS). As a result the x-ray machine which is powered by the UPS was inadvertently activated and appeared to remain energized for several hours until the UPS eventually failed at which time the x-ray machine automatically shut down.
Due to the sudden rise of gastrointestinal complaints we’ve seen over the last 10 days, we suspect many people who happened to travel within a 100 yard radius of the Ukarumpa Medical Clinic may have been inadvertently exposed to dangerous x-rays. The most common symptoms of an over-exposure are GI related such as nausea and/or vomiting, upset stomach, and diarrhoea. Left untreated, those exposed may start developing sudden hair loss over the coming weeks.
We encourage anyone who thinks they may possibly have been exposed to use their bathroom mirror in the late evening hours without illumination and look at the face and upper chest for a faint yellow-green glow. Should you observe this rather unique sign of irradiation, please consult the clinic immediately for further testing and treatment.
CTS is currently repairing the UPS which should prevent any similar problems in the future.
Thank you for your understanding and forgiveness,

Your friendly Ukarumpa Medical Clinic staff

 

I read it. And then I read it again. And then I forwarded it to my mom and said “Could Ukarumpa BE anymore crazy??” And then someone mentioned it was April Fool’s Day. Well played Ukarumpa Clinic, well played.

 

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(IT IS A JOKE RIGHT???)

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