The Translators Training Courses (TTC) are an important part of the training that happens here, and Steve was fortunate enough to help with one of them recently. Translators from several language groups from all over Papua New Guinea attend the TTC 1 and TTC 2 courses.
During the TTC 2 course, Steve mentored a husband and wife translation team from the Borong people group for about five weeks, helping them to learn and progress in their translation of the Scriptures. They have only been translators for about a year, roughly the same amount of time we have been here in Papua New Guinea. In that time, Steve has helped with three courses here that they were students in and it has been a huge blessing to see them make such great progress both in their knowledge and abilities as translators.
This couple has also made real progress in their translation work, having already done a first draft of least ten books of the Old Testament (including most of the minor prophets). They are excited to work on more books, as they have a strong commitment to make sure that the Borong people have the whole Bible in their own language.
Three members of our family (Steve, Mindy, and Karah) have also been helping in a reading fluency class conducted in Tok Pisin (the local trade language). This class helps Papua New Guineans to improve their ability to read, and the students spend time in class practicing their reading on portions of the Bible. It is wonderful to be a part of a program that helps people to improve their ability to read, especially when the students are doing it because they want to read the Bible. Some of the students even walk for more than two hours, one way, to be able to attend this class! What a humbling and rewarding experience.
The Titan translation is continuing as well, with more chapters of Genesis currently being drafted. Early stages of work have also begun on a picture dictionary for the Titan language, with the desire to make this available primarily for kids, but adults have also expressed interest.
Please pray for:
God to increase the literacy students' hunger for His Word even more and help them to become confident readers.
God to continue to encourage the Borong and equip them for the important work of translation that He has given them to do.
God to help our Titan translation team on Manus Island to make good progress in drafting Genesis.
Steve and other Wycliffe translators to be able to work out necessary arrangements to run some needed training courses and workshops on Manus Island in the next few months and work with the translators.
God i blesim yupela (God bless you all), Steve, Mindy, Karah, David, & Jonathan Clover