[The Gwahatike Project]

Bible, Papua New Guinea, Gwahatike, Translation, Mountains, Highlands, PNGThe Gwahatike Project was a project that Evan and I had the opportunity to go document in May. It was located in the Saidor area which is near the coastal city of Madang. We road a 30 minute plane ride to Saidor, and then an hour bus ride up into the mountains. We went along with our friend Jon Jagt and his family. Jon is a software developer on our center that works as a facilitator helping the project along. The team is made up of 4 Papua New Guinean translators who have received the word in their language, and are now working to give the word to others in neighboring language groups. Some of these guys have to walk as much as a day to get to the language group that they are translating for, and have committed to learn their language and translate it into the Word of God for them. This is exactly why we exist, to disciple Papua New Guineans to go out into other neighboring language groups that need the word of God and translate the Bible for them. It was so inspiring getting to see the translators at work, and how the Gwahatike translation affected the community. Here are pictures from my time there.

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The effect of the Bible in the Gwahatike language group at a local school. Now the kids can read the Bible in their own language!
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The translators meeting with Jon to discuss their work.Papua New Guinea, Gwahatike, Translation, Mountains, Highlands, PNGPapua New Guinea, Gwahatike, Translation, Mountains, Highlands, PNG

Roman, one of the Gwahatike team, working with his translatorPapua New Guinea, Gwahatike, Translation, Mountains, Highlands, PNG

Jon teaching some computer tricks to the teamPapua New Guinea, Gwahatike, Translation, Mountains, Highlands, PNGPapua New Guinea, Gwahatike, Translation, Mountains, Highlands, PNGThe Gwahatike Bible.

Check out more stories from the Gwahatike Project at http://thepngexperience.wordpress.com/

Beautiful Highlands

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The Highlands in Papua New Guinea are so beautiful. Since moving up here in November we have discovered that more and more as we have ventured to different towns. On one particular trip to Goroka, a town about 2 hours away that we have driven to several times now, I knew that I HAD to take my camera. Every time we past this beautiful little village I knew that It was the perfect picture, but I had never brought my camera because of the safety risks. So a couple weeks ago Evan went with another guy from the Auto Shop to pick up some car parts (a business trip) and I got to tag along. The Highlands of Papua New Guinea are so beautiful, and I knew I had to share it with you!

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Gardening is a way of life in Papua New Guinea. Many times you will see people’s gardens on the side of mountains. They say this is the easiest place to put them because then you don’t have to bend down to garden, you can stand straight up and not hurt your back!

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I love this picture of the rolling hills and someone burning ground for a garden on top of the mountain!

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