On Sunday, March 19th, 2017, our family was officially commissioned to
work with the Titan people group of Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. Our
fellow missionaries gathered around to lay hands on us and pray for our
future work to help the Titan people to have God's Word in their own
Less than two weeks
later, near the end of March, Steve arrived on Manus Island to begin a
two week stay. Not long after arrival, he traveled by boat to the
village of Pere on a small island off the southeastern coast of Manus.
He spent ten days there at Pere, starting to learn the Titan language,
building relationships, and working with the translation team on their
draft of eleven chapters of Genesis.
Genesis, Steve's time in Pere was a story of beginnings, and of God's
faithfulness. At one point, as the team sat around the translation table
discussing how to translate a Biblical concept into the Titan language,
Steve had the sudden realization that what was happening at that moment
was it. After all the years of linguistics courses, training,
and talking to people about our hopes for the future, Steve was finally
doing what God had called us to do years ago: actually helping a people
group to translate God's Word into their own language! The moment was
truly surreal, and yet, it wasn't a dream, it was really happening.
surreal moment was when he found himself in a traditional dugout canoe,
made by hand from a log and complete with outrigger, helping to paddle
across to the mainland to meet the leaders of another Titan village
called M'Bunai (this picture is from a different trip to M'Bunai by
boat). The meeting went well, and the leaders were very supportive of
the translation team and have a real desire to have God's Word in their
So far, the
Titans only have a rough draft of eleven chapters of Genesis and the
first twenty verses of Luke chapter two, so there is much work to be
done ahead, but this has been a story of beginnings for the Titans. We
know that God is faithful, and that He desires to transform the Titan
people through His Word in the language that speaks to their heart; the
very language that He made for them: Titan.
to strengthen and encourage the Titan translators, and clear any
roadblocks that might keep them from sharing what has been translated so
far with their communities (village checking).
God to help the Titan translators to make time and be strongly committed to work on drafting more chapters of Genesis.
God's continued protection, provision, and wisdom for us, and the Titans, as we work with them.
God i blesim yupela (God bless you all), Steve, Mindy, Karah, David, & Jonathan Clover