Wednesday, February 27, 2019

February 2019 Newsletter

We want to thank our partners for faithfully praying and giving each month as you stand with us in our Wycliffe ministry. You give us hope to continue to help the Titan people, and we greatly appreciate your sacrifice and commitment to this work.

Display images to see this picture. On July 29, the second Translators' Training Course (TTC2) will begin on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. And when this course is over, there may not be another for years, so this is an important event. This isn't training for me (Steve), it's for the people of Manus Island, including the Titan people, who are working on translating the Bible into their own languages. I need to be there to help train them, talk with them, encourage, pray, learn more of the Titan language, and more.

Display images to see this picture. What are these courses?
The Translators' Training Courses are a rare opportunity for Papua New Guinean translators to gather together to receive training in things like translation principles, study skills, and Bible background. A major part of the course is students translating the Bible while being given feedback and help. And after class time is over for the day, the students keep translating well into the night. These courses are also a time of discipleship where each day begins with prayer and a devotion. Students have been greatly impacted by this and encourage one another to recommit themselves to the long and difficult task of Bible translation.

What does all of this mean?
For me (Steve) to go to this important event in July, we need to be receiving 100% of our monthly budget for Wycliffe to approve us to begin our remote assignment. This would need to happen before I could buy plane tickets to Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.

When do you need to reach 100%?
Much preparation needs to happen to attend this course in July. We need to be receiving 100% of our monthly budget ASAP. However, if we're not at 100% by May, it's likely I won't be able to attend the course, and the Titans might not either.

So where do things stand now?
We thank the Lord that a few more people have committed to pray for us and give financially each month in preference for our Wycliffe ministry. So, we're now receiving 73% of what we need each month.

We need prayer!
We can't do any of this in our human effort. Man makes his plans, but God directs his steps. We need to know God's will, and if it's His will for these things to happen, then He will need to draw more people to join us in this Bible translation ministry.
Would you like to join the team?

Click here to be a prayer partner.

Click here to be a financial partner.
Thank you for your part in making this ministry possible.
Have questions about all of this budget stuff?  Click here to read more. 
God i blesim yupela (God bless you all),
Steve, Mindy, Karah, David, & Jonathan Clover

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