Praise 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….
Continue to pray! We are not “out of the woods” yet!
As many of you know I am a photographer, videographer and graphic designer here in Ukarumpa. But what does that really mean for working on a Mission’s Center for Bible Translators? Well when I’m not traveling somewhere to make videos or write stories, I have been very busy making videos for people to take home with them on furlough, as well as taking family pictures for people’s prayer cards. Here are some examples of what I have been busy doing the past few months!
Designing and taking pictures for Prayer Cards for people to take on furlough…Making personal videos for translators and support staff to use as they go to show churches what they have been up to…
Even creating some videos in different languages, like Dutch, to serve all of the different countries that work here on the center!
Do you have management experience in jobs like Technical Support, Automotive, Non-Print Media, Aviation, Medicine or Aviation (and more!)? Join us in Papua New Guinea supporting the work of Bible Translation. We need you!
Check out this video series Sarah is currently working on called the Faces of Bible Translation. We are looking for couples that love teens to be Children’s Home Parents. See the video for more information and how they play a vital role in Bible Translation. Pray with us!
One of the highlights of POC is the physical side. Before coming to POC we knew a little about it, but not the full extent of the matter! Hiking=vertical. Whether you are going down or up, most of the hiking is slippery and rough.
As for the swimming, we have actually had fun doing this! Both of us have been able to swim 1/2 a mile so far (when we have been healthy enough), and we look forward to finishing our mile! Watch the video above to get a taste of what the physical side of our life has been here so far.
Thank you to everyone who helped out by donating or coming to shop at our garage sale last weekend! With your help we were able to raise $2,100! Praise God! And we had a fun time while working as you can see by this video. We are so thankful for all of you supporting us through this process! We couldn’t be going without your help.
Last week Evan and I watched an amazing documentary about missionaries who live in Papua New Guinea. It really opened our eyes to what it is like to live there. Two Hats is the award-winning documentary that gives a portrait of modern missions in Papua New Guinea. This film follows Brad Wells, his wife Deborah and their 7 kids as they minister to the people of New Guinea and run Bible FM – the country’s first Christian radio station. It is definitely an interesting film to watch to find out what kind of struggles we will face as we go there. To watch the full length film go HERE.
Last month we went to a 2-week training course in Orlando called Equip. It was such an interesting and inspiring time. We learned a lot about how translation works and how important it is to get the Bible to the Bibleless people. Thank you so much for praying for us and providing the money that we needed to go.
One day while we were there, we went into the Discovery Center which is like a Wycliffe Museum. As we walked around, we came to what is known as the tower and we went inside. As we sat in the darkness of the tower, we waited for the program to begin. We learned that there were still over 2,000 language groups that are in the darkness because they don’t yet have a word of Scripture in the language that speaks to their heart. That represents over 350 million people.
Then as the lights began to come on one by one, people expressed the difference having the Scriptures in their language had made in their lives. We were reminded that this was indeed a cause worth giving our lives to. One woman said that reading the Bible in her national language was like eating a banana with the skin still on it. But having the Bible in her language was as satisfying and delicious as eating a peeled banana.
Hearing these testimonies of transformation got us excited to be apart of the ministry of Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Continue to pray for us in the following ways:
-Our goal date to leave for Papua New Guinea is July 2013. -Additional funds for a month-long cross-cultural training
in North Carolina in January. -Pray for our parents who are graciously allowing us to leave them.
Well we made it safely to Orlando for Equip Training! We have been in class for a little over 5 days now and we are learning SO much. Thank you for all of your prayers and support. It helps so much knowing that we have a group back at home supporting and praying for us as the days go on. Many of our fellow Equippers are jealous of all the support we are getting from our church at 121 Community Church. Here is a video we ran across today about the need for Bible translation for the Bible less. Wow. What a need. A little over 2,000 languages are left to translate, and we need your help to help these translators out!
We were walking around in the Wycliffe Discovery Center today, which is a lot like a museum here at Wycliffe and I found a great saying, “Jesus Loves Me” in the Awa language in Papua New Guinea is…”Sisa inensabe arunawire” which literally means “Jesus wants me in His liver”. Ha. Ha. I thought that was hilarious.