Saturday, January 31, 2015

The impact of prayer

Our prayers can have a huge impact. This short video (less than 3 minutes) talks a bit about the impact of faithful prayer on the mission of helping the Bibleless to receive God's Word in their own language.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Equip Update

Display where you can hear John 3:16 in ten languages.
Our Equip training is going well, and as a part of our training, we had a chance to visit the Wycliffe Discovery Center. There is so much fascinating stuff to look at and do, and I would highly recommend you check it out if you ever get a chance (NOTE: if you are one of our partners, you can contact us to get FREE admission). To find out more about the Wycliffe Discovery Center click here.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Motivation from a wall

This quote hangs on the wall here where we are doing our Wycliffe Equip training:

“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't.”
― John Piper

We were made to worship, and the name of Jesus being worshiped throughout the whole world is God's desire. We can all take part in that mission.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Reminders from Equip

As we are doing our Equip training with Wycliffe, I am reminded of a few great quotes from John Piper regarding missions. I will share one of them with you now:

“God is pursuing with omnipotent passion a worldwide purpose of gathering joyful worshipers for Himself from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. He has an inexhaustible enthusiasm for the supremacy of His name among the nations. Therefore, let us bring our affections into line with His, and, for the sake of His name, let us renounce the quest for worldly comforts and join His global purpose.”
- John Piper

Amen, John.

Why not just teach them English?

Some have wondered why Wycliffe would bother to do Bible translation for the remaining 1900 or so languages that don't have any Scripture. Why not simply teach people a language that already has a Bible translation, such as English? Here are just a few of the many reasons:

Language is closely tied to culture, so when the Bible isn’t available in the local language, many people feel that God is a foreigner. The need for translation became very clear to Cameron Townsend (founder of Wycliffe) when a Cakchiquel man asked,"if your God is so great, why can't he speak my language?"

It’s also very difficult to understand the subtle nuances of Scripture in a second language, so misinterpretation is a common problem.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A plea from three elders of a formerly unreached people group in Papua New Guinea

We have to share this video with you. It is a heartfelt plea for help directed to American believers from three elders (Maile, Namoleya, and Suduwama) of a formerly unreached people group in Papua New Guinea. It is well worth seven minutes of your time!

"You [in America] have many various things, but you cannot allow yourself to be a prisoner of your possessions. You cannot place your confidence in those things or lust after them. But rather, consider if you are thirsting for obeying God's Word as you would thirst for water."  - Maile

"If we live distracted and preoccupied with thinking of money, cars, or the attractive things of this ground, there will be no rewards."  -Namoleya

"You cannot live as an extra tool that is not being used, or a leftover that is doing nothing. Many have not heard God's talk and are on their way to the place of fire."  -Suduwama

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

When are we leaving?

View from POC (click to see larger image)
Some have asked us when we are moving to Papua New Guinea (PNG) to begin our ministry, so we thought we would answer that question here:

Wycliffe would like us there in PNG by early September of 2015 to begin the Pacific Orientation Course (click here to read a bit about POC). POC will be our last bit of training before starting our assignment in Ukarumpa. This means that we will need to move our family to PNG by the beginning of September or perhaps late August. We will know more as we get closer to that time.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Where in the world is Papua New Guinea?

Click to see a larger image.
The image to the right shows where Papua New Guinea is located, as well as an inset map and a picture of where we will be living, which is called Ukarumpa.

Papua New Guinea (or PNG) is the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, which is the second largest island in the world. PNG is the home to over 6.5 million people and though it may appear small on the world map, it is slightly larger than the state of California. There are over 800 languages in PNG, more than 300 of which have no scripture at all!

What are we going to be doing there? Find out by clicking here.

Read other posts where we talk about Papua New Guinea by clicking here.

You can also find out more about Papua New Guinea by clicking here.