What a Fall it has been! We are so thankful to live in such a beautiful place as East Tennessee right now. The first third or so of the school year is now behind us, with football season and Middle School musical theater along with it. The kids have had some amazing opportunities to be involved in excellent programs the past few months, and we’ve all been loved on so well by our family, friends, and church body. Here are a few glimpses of what’s been going on:
We’re very thankful that our absence from PNG this year has not meant that translation work has stopped. In late September, our dear friend Mr. Steven Ttopoqogo went to Sivauna to meet with our team, encouraging their work and teaching a critical new skill. Steven is a brilliant Bible translation consultant who has worked in his own mother tongue translation project for many years and is now also helping other teams to produce the best quality translations they can. He was accompanied by a young man named Titus, who is training to become a consultant and take on the same kind of role as Steven.
At the same time, two members of the Mamusi Bible translation team (Jack and Patrick) along with two from the burgeoning literacy team (Lilian and Bart) flew to Ukarumpa to attend a course called Discover Your Language. DYL is an incredible curriculum that takes Papua New Guineans through a process of understanding the building blocks of their own heart language, and how that knowledge can better inform their work. Praise the Lord with us for this tremendous opportunity!
As we continue to plan for the future of the Mamusi program, it’s clear there’s so much left to do! We currently have a pressing need for more people to partner financially specifically with the translation project. Would you please pray with us about this need? If the Lord prompts you to action, please reach out to us or find out more about partnership here.