We are grateful for those, YOU, who partner with this ministry through faithful prayer. This is the hard work, the work in the trenches, and all the more so because you don't often see the results of your prayers. Yet, since 1991, God has moved you to speak with Him about this work in Papua to bring others His Word. Results are happening! New Testaments and COMPLETE BIBLES are being translated and given to those who have not been able to read His Word before. They wait no longer for His direct Word. You have had a part in that and we give thanks to God for you.Col. 1:9
For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
We wish to thank God for our financial partners. It is indeed a true partnership as nothing happens if God does not move in people's hearts to invest in this work. We have been living by faith financially since 1993 and God has raised a team to support this Bible translation work. Thank you for those who have given to this work through God.Luke 8:3
And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.
This month, the "K" people in Papua will celebrate 50 years since evangelists first entered their region and told them of the Good News! They will be celebrating all month. Particularly, they will be receiving a draft copy of the New Testament in their language. This is the FIRST TIME they will have the New Testament complete from Matthew through Revelation. Praise the Lord!Ps. 119:160
Thy word is true from the beginning:
and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
Join us in giving thanks and praise for God's gift of Salvation. One thing I would ask my Bible classes is "which is more important Easter or Christmas"? So often we get lost in the flurry of Christmas glitter that we forget the meaning of Christmas which is God becoming incarnate, living a sinless life, and purchasing our pardon through His sacrifice.
THANKS BE TO GOD FOR HIS UNSPEAKABLE GIFT!John 1:14
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Part of Bible translation is constant checking for accuracy and readability. This month the "S" and "A" people will be receiving newly translated Scripture, portions of the New Testament, and will be working through the checking process. Pray the Holy Spirit will move in their hearts as they read God's Word, but will also reveal to them portions which should be changed before final approval.Titus 1:9
holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.
One of the challenges translators face is community interest in the Scriptures. One of our teams experienced a victory! They write: "We're also training the translators to study the passages on their own as they prepare to translate. It was such a joy to watch them listen to the passages, ask good questions, and find answers to those questions on their own."Acts 17:11
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
A translation team writes: "Praise the Lord that we've finished our third OBT workshop translating the Gospel of Mark into [the "A" and "S" languages]. We were able to draft and peer check about 4 chapters."Ps. 26:7
That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving,
and tell of all thy wondrous works.
Please pray for Afin and Yem during this time between their schooling. The boys will be spending time with their family in their home village during this holiday time. Pray for good and godly influences in their lives. The boys have not always made the best decisions. We are praying they will learn to trust God more than glittery things.Eph. 6:12
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
The end of the semester is approaching quickly. Pray for peace during these closing weeks. Quite a few events are planned as well as learning to be completed.I Cor. 14:33
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
Praise the Lord! After all the commotion in 2020 and the years following, Mary developed covid following her flight to the US. After three days of having cold symptoms, she was healthy again and able to be with her family during their days of mourning. Praise God for a good and quick recovery.Ps. 91:10
There shall no evil befall thee,
neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
The Ket Bible is at the printers. We've told you about this already. Word has reached us that there are FOUR other projects ahead of the Ket Bible which must be printed first. The printing of the Ket Bible will be delayed until mid-year. Pray that all printing projects progress smoothly and perhaps mean that the Ket Bible can be printed sooner than scheduled.Ps. 119:25
Make me to understand the way of thy precepts:
so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.
This next week, Mary will be traveling back to Papua. Pray for traveling mercies. She'll leave Tuesday and arrive Friday morning.Ps. 29:11
The LORD will give strength unto his people;
the LORD will bless his people with peace.
The checking of the Jesus Film in the "D" language is proceeding through December. This is a great evangelical tool for those with an oral tradition. It whets the appetite to learn to read and study the Word of God in the "D" language. Pray the translation of the text of the film is finished this month so dubbing the film can begin in January.Acts 2:8
And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born?
Word came to me, Mary, that my sister-in-law was losing her battle with cancer. She is one of the two friends for whom I have asked for prayer. God used a friend, who immediately stepped up, and provided sufficient funds to send me back to Auburn. I am grateful for being with my family as we grieved her death.John 11:35