Monday, December 26, 2016

December 21, 2016 Newsletter

Display images to see this.    They came from all over Papua New Guinea (PNG). Fourteen Papua New Guinean men and women, representing several different languages, all journeyed to the training center here in Ukarumpa to attend the Paratext 1 course (Paratext is software used for Bible translation). They came to learn skills that will help them as they work tirelessly to translate the Word of God into their own languages. Before they came, some of them were working on their translation using pen and paper, which is a very slow and difficult process. Not to mention that paper doesn’t often last very long in a village due to weather and other factors. Now, however, these folks are returning home equipped with the most important basics of how to use this powerful Bible translation software to translate God’s Word.

Display images to see this.    Steve was fortunate enough to get to personally help two men from the Kala language to learn these skills during the few weeks that they were in Ukarumpa. It was amazing to see their progress during the course. At the beginning, they knew nothing about Paratext. However, by the end, they were able to use it to work on their Bible translation and were planning to teach their fellow teammates back at home!

Display images to see this.    All of those who came to the course were so very thankful for all they learned. It was a huge blessing to be a part of helping them learn, and thereby helping to multiply the work of Bible translation here in PNG.

   By the way, Steve just got back from a blessed time of helping with a two week translation workshop on Manus Island. Look for our next newsletter to find out more about what happened there!

   Thank you for continuing to partner with us in our Wycliffe ministry. Your faithful prayers and giving allow us to be here to help the Bibleless people groups in Papua New Guinea, and we can’t do it without you! We wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a blessed 2017.

Please pray for: 
  • Clear direction for Karah as she looks into her options for college.
  • More effective translation of God's Word for those who attended the Paratext course.
  • God to be glorified in all we say and do, and His kingdom to be advanced.
  • God's direction and wisdom as we look at possible language groups to help.
God i blesim yupela (God bless you all),
Steve, Mindy, Karah, David, & Jonathan Clover