For the first time since the COVID pandemic started, our Training Center in Ukarumpa is able to offer Bible translation courses again. One language group is called Keakalo, and they have five men here studying Bible translation in the Translator’s Training Course (TTC). Back at home in PNG’s Central Province, they have a team of 40 translators who are passionate about seeing the entire Bible translated into their mother tongue.
As we shared dinner together last week, one of these men shared that Bible translation has changed his life. For forty years he was an elder who often taught or preached in church. He was very sure that He knew God and knew enough about Him to teach others. He was very passionate about his language being strong, and he advocated for literacy and education for the young children in their community. When a Bible translator friend of his died, he decided to help in this ministry as well. Through his coursework and studying the Bible, he started to realize that his knowledge of God was incomplete. He felt that he hadn’t been living or teaching God’s way, because his only access to God was through a foreign language. He told us that now when he reads the Bible in his own language, that’s when the Word truly becomes flesh. Since 2019, when he attended his first Bible translation course, his studies and knowledge have transformed him. He thought he knew God in the previous 40 years of ministry, but now his understanding is far deeper, through his interaction with the Word in his mother tongue.
Next month, Aaron will be going out to Sivauna village with our friend Steven to teach this same Bible translation course to our team of 14 Mamusi translators. He has been spending some time down at the Training Center observing and asking questions, to be better prepared to lead it himself. We’re so grateful for the training staff here and that we don’t have to re-invent our own curriculum. Please pray for several Bible translation teams training here in Ukarumpa, and for Aaron and Steven as they continue to prepare to teach in the village.
Good Morning Wade Family!
Always good to hear from you! And what a testimony from the Mamusi elder – such a praise! Aaron, we will be praying for your safety as you/Steven travel to the Sivauna village to teach the course in their native language. May God prepare the hearts of those who attend and bring clarity about the Word of God to them and their families.
In your team photograph, was that Zeke with the “funny” look? Perhaps he’s the “joker” of your clan! I’ll bet that Evie was relieved at not being in that picture!
May God’s presence always be “fresh” and enable you/family to share share Christ whenever/wherever possible.
We love you!
To God be the glory!
P.S. Don’t forget to give those precious children a special “hug” for us!
What a great testimony and affirmation of the Kingdom value of your work there! Grateful for your faithful obedience to God’s calling for your family!
What a joy to read your updates of the advancement of kingdom work! Love the pic of your men with the translators! God bless each one of you.