Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Manus Island

Manus Island is in the northernmost province of Papua New Guinea.

Approx. size: 100km (62mi) x 30km (19mi).
Highest point: Mt. Dremsel 718 metres (2,356 ft)
Population: 50,321 (2011 census)

The languages of Manus Province

Manus language map (Manus Island is the largest island in this picture)
There are 30 languages in Manus Province, which includes Manus Island and the smaller islands that surround it. Here is what Scripture has been published in these languages (as of this writing):

Nyindrou: New Testament and portions of the Old Testament
Wuvulu: New Testament
Seimat: New Testament
Nali: Scripture portions
Kurti: Scripture portions
Lele: Scripture portions
Titan: No published Scripture
The rest: No published Scripture

Saturday, May 25, 2019

May 2019 Newsletter

True Commitment
The Titan people committed themselves before we arrived to translating God's Word into their language. They knew they needed it, and appointed Titan men and women from their villages as translators. They also committed to the work by paying for new NIV study Bibles for each translator, translation course fees, travel, food, and more! This level of community support is almost unheard of in a country where people have so little. That's exciting! They're committed, and we're committed to helping them. Not only so they can have the Bible in their language, but for their communities to be transformed by the Word speaking to them personally in a language that speaks to their heart!

More Exciting News! 
We're excited to report that since we last wrote, we've jumped significantly closer to our goal of reaching 100% of our Wycliffe approved monthly budget! Praise God!

We look forward to Steve being able to begin a remote assignment and travel to Papua New Guinea in late July. But before this can happen, we need $1297 more in monthly partnership to reach our full budget.

Those not able to give monthly can call Wycliffe at 1-800-992-5433 and ask them to spread a single donation over 12 months or more, in preference for our Wycliffe ministry. This can be counted towards our monthly budget. If God has been moving in your heart to join us in financial partnership, please don't wait.

In 10 weeks, the translators' training course on Manus Island will begin. Steve would love to be able to be there with the Titan translators. Could you please lift us up to God and ask that His will would be done and that He would be moving in these circumstances?

How can you be part of 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!

God i blesim yupela (God bless you all),
Steve, Mindy, Karah, David, & Jonathan Clover

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

April 3, 2019 Newsletter

Thank you to our partners, those who have stood with us for a long time, and those who have recently joined the team. We are now receiving 75% of the monthly budget that Wycliffe has approved for our ministry, and we praise God for this continued progress.

Translation Work Started on New Testament!

One of the Titan translators said that he started translating the Gospel of Matthew and has reached chapter 13. Other than the first twenty verses of Luke chapter 2, which were translated to share the story of Christ's birth, this work on Matthew represents the first portion of the New Testament to be translated into the Titan language. Praise God!

There are many stages to translation, with this work on Matthew being a first draft, but several other stages of checking and refining must follow before this can be published. I would love to be able to go out to Manus Island this July to help the Titan translators continue the work, and to help with the training course mentioned in our last newsletter (which you can read by clicking here).

Please continue to lift us up in prayer that this would be possible, and please lift up the Titan translators that they would continue translating the Bible into the Titan language.
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

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Your language matters!

Everyone's language matters. The language you were raised with, the one you think in, which we refer to as a heart language or mother tongue, is the one that touches your heart. Other languages you might know just don't have the same impact. This is one reason why it is so important for everyone to have God's Word available to them in their own language, so they can hear God speak to them in a personal way, and not as a foreigner.

Nice work on the video, Micah Trostle!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Happy Birthday EverQuest!

Happy Birthday, EverQuest!

On March 16th, twenty years ago, I was part of a team of passionate and dedicated people that released a game called EverQuest. It broke a lot of new ground and went on to be a great success. I am humbled that so many people have enjoyed it over the years and that it still continues to this day. If you'd like to read more about it, PC Gamer wrote up a nice article on EverQuest for the anniversary.

What project are you working on these days?

Now, twenty years later, I am part of a team of passionate and dedicated people that are working to translate the Bible into the Titan language for the very first time. So, we are breaking new ground as well, and I pray that this project will have an everlasting impact for the Titan people of Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.