Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Quick Update

View from POC
We have heard that the January Pacific Orientation Course (click here to read a bit about POC) will be run. Papua New Guinea has now received enough rain, and the two staff positions that they needed to fill at POC have been filled! Praise God, and thank you for your prayers!

What does this mean for us? Well, we are currently at 73% of our monthly budget, but we would need to be at 100% by November 25th (tomorrow) in order to be able to go to this January POC. So, we will see what God does, and we rest in knowing that His timing is what we want most.

If you would like to read more about partnership or how our budgets work, you can read an earlier post by clicking here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

It's about transformation

photo by Luke Aubrey
Getting the Word of God into the hands and hearts of people has a transforming effect. It shines the light of Christ in dark places, and brings hope to the hopeless.

"For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."  -Colossians 1:13 (NASB)

Once the New Testament got into the hands of the Amele people of Papua New Guinea, and they began to read God's Word in their mother tongue, transformation began. They needed to hear God's Word in their own language to truly understand and be transformed. 

As one Amele man explained, “I thought that going to church and playing the part of a Christian on the outside was a means of getting something from God. Now I see that there is so much more to Christianity than this. God wants me to be transformed on the inside."

"Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."  -Romans 12:2 (NLT)

Watch a short video about how the Word is also transforming the Nad√ęb people of the Amazon by clicking here.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Good News isn't an order. It's an offer!

The following was originally posted on Bob Creson's blog:

“My uncle’s new God is no different from the all the gods of our ancestors,” grumbled Mariano. “He demands perfection just like they do, and I cannot attain it!”

Reading Scripture in his Chamula language for the first time, he’d come across Mark 9:33:  “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand than to go into the unquenchable fires of hell with two hands” (NLT).  The Ten Commandments were no more encouraging. “I can’t keep those laws!” he said to himself.

Mariano’s people believed in a lower world full of bad spirits, so he could imagine hell. He also knew about sin. He’d tried and failed to rid his life of hate and jealousy and anger. He’d tried to measure up to the capricious demands of the Chamula gods of wood and stone, and failed there, too. He’d tried to appease those gods through ritual drunkenness and animal sacrifices—again without success.

Deeply troubled, he agreed to work with Wycliffe translator Ken Jacobs to translate the Bible for his people. He soon discovered that he loved translation and he was good at it! Together he and Ken translated the Acts of the Apostles, the Gospel of Luke, Paul’s letter to the Romans, and the Gospel of Matthew.

They were most of the way through the Book of Hebrews when Mariano understood for the first time that Jesus Christ took the initiative—the transformative initiative—that made him right with God. Jesus was the perfect Sacrifice for his sin.  “I can hardly believe that what I’m hearing in the Bible is true,” he exclaimed.

“Tell me what you are hearing,” said Ken.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

7 tips for pursuing God's will

Do you have a desire to know God's will for your life? If so, then check out a very helpful guide that Wycliffe put together to help you. To download the free PDF file that gives 7 tips for those seeking God's will, click the blue button below.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Please continue to pray for rain!

As we mentioned in a previous post, Papua New Guinea is in a very serious drought. Prayer was requested, and we would like to give you an update:

We have heard that some parts of Papua New Guinea received a good rain this week. It was particularly timely for the folks there that are part of the Aitape West Translation Project who were afraid that they might have to cancel their translation workshop due to lack of water. Thankfully, God provided rain and they are now hard at work on getting the books of Titus and Philemon ready for final consultant checking in January!

Praise God, and know that your prayers are having an impact! However, Papua New Guinea is still very much in a drought, so please continue to pray for more rain.