They came from all over
Papua New Guinea (PNG). Fourteen Papua New Guinean men and women,
representing several different languages, all journeyed to the training
center here in Ukarumpa to attend the Paratext 1 course (Paratext is
software used for Bible translation). They came to learn skills that
will help them as they work tirelessly to translate the Word of God into
their own languages. Before they came, some of them were working on
their translation using pen and paper, which is a very slow and
difficult process. Not to mention that paper doesn’t often last very
long in a village due to weather and other factors. Now, however, these
folks are returning home equipped with the most important basics of how
to use this powerful Bible translation software to translate God’s Word.
Steve was fortunate
enough to get to personally help two men from the Kala language to
learn these skills during the few weeks that they were in Ukarumpa. It
was amazing to see their progress during the course. At the beginning,
they knew nothing about Paratext. However, by the end, they were able to
use it to work on their Bible translation and were planning to teach
their fellow teammates back at home!
All of those
who came to the course were so very thankful for all they learned. It
was a huge blessing to be a part of helping them learn, and thereby
helping to multiply the work of Bible translation here in PNG.
By the way,
Steve just got back from a blessed time of helping with a two week
translation workshop on Manus Island. Look for our next newsletter to
find out more about what happened there!
for continuing to partner with us in our Wycliffe ministry. Your
faithful prayers and giving allow us to be here to help the Bibleless
people groups in Papua New Guinea, and we can’t do it without you! We
wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a blessed 2017.
Please pray for:
Clear direction for Karah as she looks into her options for college.
More effective translation of God's Word for those who attended the Paratext course.
God to be glorified in all we say and do, and His kingdom to be advanced.
God's direction and wisdom as we look at possible language groups to help.
God i blesim yupela (God bless you all), Steve, Mindy, Karah, David, & Jonathan Clover