Many have asked about what
individual family members are doing here, so this newsletter gives an
update and prayer requests for each of us.
been teaching a course at the Training Center here in Ukarumpa, where
he’s training national translators to use the translation software
called Paratext. We’re also excited to report that he’s in the process
of starting to help the Titan (pronounced “tee-tawn”) language/people
group of Manus Island (a PNG island) with their Bible translation.
They’re one of the most eager groups we’ve seen, and really want the
Bible in their language, so we’re excited to be involved with helping
main job is managing the home, and while our lifestyle is similar to
the States in ways, daily chores are more demanding and time consuming.
For instance, local produce is available at an outdoor market, but must
be bleached, dried, and stored properly, which takes more time than
throwing produce from the grocery store in the fridge. Laundry’s also
harder as we have to line dry it, and rain often starts by lunch time.
She gets up very early to do all this and more before going off to her
part-time job in the Literacy and Education Department as the office
manager. She manages the logistics of the office, such as emails,
answering phones, photo copying, errands, archiving literacy materials,
and even sewing curtains for the office! Her gifts free up literacy
workers to use their gifts, which leads to Papua New Guineans learning
to read God's Word in their own language. Mindy’s a real blessing and we
praise God for her!
19 now and enjoying her gap-year (which might become 2 years) as the
medical clinic receptionist. She speaks the Tok Pisin language well and
serves both expats and nationals. Karah also “job shadows” doctors and
nurses and loves to observe lab work, take blood pressure, and sometimes
accompany doctors and nurses out to villages for immunizations and
infant care. She’s gained a heart of compassion and love for the local
people and really wants to go into nursing, so college for that will be
pursued when we return to the States. She’s also involved in the Pony
Club here, where 6 horses need care, and she loves serving in this
turned 17, and though our other two kiddos have quickly adapted and
embraced the new culture and language with little culture shock, David
has had more difficulty. Change of any kind is not easy for him, so we
are very proud of him for pushing through the difficulties. After
missing a whole term of school while we attended POC, he had a lot of
catching up to do and struggled to make it to the end of his 1st
semester. However, now he’s back to his old self and his normal 4.0 GPA.
He’s adjusting well, and though he’d rather be back in the States, he
never complains and is trusting deeper in God than he ever had to
before. It’s excellent to see his faith grow in many ways here.
14 now, loves it here, and is the happiest we’ve seen him since
California. He has transitioned, adjusted, and adapted well. He knows
the Tok Pisin language, and is making friends easily. The others in his
9th grade class have made him feel very much a part of things
here. Missionary kids are unique that way as they all know time is
short, so friendships form quickly. It’s been a real growing up time for
him, and he’s learned so many valuable lessons that he’d never have
learned in the States, like new cultures, language, village living
without electricity, how to build and start fires, how to go barefoot
with the local kids, climb coconut trees, and so much more! He’s
enjoying this adventure and growing in his faith by leaps and bounds!
Honestly, we’re not looking forward to uprooting him again and taking
him back to the States, as he’s very content to stay here.
praise God for you, our many partners, friends, and family members who
give generously, lift us up in prayer, send care packages, and write to
encourage us! Please know that our ministry here with Wycliffe of
helping Papua New Guineans to have God's Word in their own languages
couldn't happen without you. Thank you!
teach clearly and accurately, and students to learn, remember and use
what they learned to translate more effectively. Also, for Steve to
learn the Titan language, get started in general, and especially for
travels to and from Manus Island.
improve her Tok Pisin, and boldness to speak it more, as well as for
much needed energy for each day! Building friendships with local PNG
women, as well as with expats.
beginning the process of starting online college courses here, so wisdom
and help with that as well as internet to be consistent and reliable
David to feel more comfortable with PNG surroundings and make real friends here. Also, wisdom for future college plans.
Jonathan to adjust to high school well and handle the stress of an intense homework load.
Spiritual warfare: the Holy Spirit to guard our hearts and minds.
That illnesses would not hit us, or would pass quickly, as viruses abound.
God i blesim yupela (God bless you all), Steve, Mindy, Karah, David, & Jonathan Clover