The other night I was able to have dinner with a friend who is praying for us and our missionary journey. She said "I have been praying that there will be something each day to encourage you." So last week along with discouraging news I had a few "encouraging moments." One of them was the previous blog about my lap top. I also made a new friend through email who signed up to pray for us. A friend called and made arrangements to host a wedding shower for Kristol. Another friend signed up to be a prayer partner. We had a opportunity to share in a small group Psalms 117 and Bible translation. A new financial partner joined us and one partner increased their amount. So I am very thankful for my friends who are praying and for a God who answers prayer.
Praise the LORD, all nations! Glorify Him, all peoples!
For His faithful love to us is great; the LORD’s faithfulness endures forever. Hallelujah!
Today started with my husband fixing my laptop.I am thankful to God who enabled him to do it
and so is he. A connection came
disconnected when it accidentally slide off my car seat.My screen did not light up.Now it does and I can see what I am doing.
I completed paper work to renew our passports.They would expire next year and we were
advised to renew them now.There is much
paper work to be completed to enter another country.I am not ever sure of everything.The paper work process and our monthly budget
will determine when we can go to Papua New Guinea.So if you would like to pray for us please
pray for 100% of our monthly
support, my nursing registration, and our work permits and visas, to be
So until we can go
through the door that is open for us we are looking for opportunities to share
about the exciting world of Bible translation, seeing what God does when people
receive His Word in a language that speaks to their heart.It is like a laptop screen lighting up for
the first time!
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
These are two of my favorite verses. I remember these often. Especially now as we wonder where our life is going. I wonder what people hold onto when they do not have the Word of God in their life. In America we are privileged to have many types of Bibles to read and understand what God is saying to us. It is not that way for 350 million people in the world. Some may have no Bible, others have it in a language not clear to them.
God has called us to go to Papua New Guinea. Our plan is to leave the first of August so we can start our orientation there August 8th. However a lot of things need to come together prior to that. The first item is we have to be fully funded to go. Wycliffe is a faith based organization. We are looking for individuals who will come along side us and be part of our ministry by supporting us financially. This needs to be done consistently(monthly, quarterly, annually). This is our pay check as we give our skills of nursing and telephone work to assist translators. We can not go until we get the gifts. As soon as we do we can buy our plane tickets! Please feel free to contact us with question.
Jay and I have been visiting pastors and asking to share in churches around the area. We are offering to share about Wycliffe and our ministry in a regular church service, Sunday school, small group or where ever. We want the opportunity to share about the need for Bibles to the Bibleless communities in the world. There are around 2000 languages without any of the Bible in their own heart language. This affects approximately 350 million people where translation projects have not begun. Heart language is the language spoken in your home, the one closest to the heart with the most understanding for a person.
So one Pastor took us up on our offer and asked us to share in the church this Sunday. While it is my Sunday to work, I thought, I have coworkers who will switch with me. The next day I worked I called my usual co worker who switches with me. She said she was not able to. Then someone suggested a friend who recently stopped working full time but was still willing to work some. I called her and she said she was unable. I asked several more coworkers who said they would check. I was offering to work a 12 hour weekday if they could just work my 8 hour Sunday. I kept praying and asked others to pray also. Then the next day at work my friend called me back and said she would work for me and I do not have to switch days. ....so I get an extra day off .....a plus answer to prayer! God is more then good!!!
First of all Where have I been? I mean when I started this blog I had the intention of blogging more frequently.....at the least once a week. My idea is to keep my friends informed on where we are in our ministry. Plus I have other back ground information that I will slowly add. I guess all I can say is I have been thinking about what to blog. In the mean time writing a newsletter, finishing and mailing wedding invitations, visiting my children, going to softball and baseball games.
So on with the blog.....
Ukarumpa is in Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guinea (PNG) is northeast of Australia. It occupies eastern half of island of New Guinea and numerous offshore island. The capital is Port Moresby. It is a diverse land from high mountains to grasslands, from rain forests to swamps and from very warm temperatures on the coast to equatorial glaciers in some high mountains.The people are just diverse in their culture and languages. Over 800 languages are spoken in this Pacific country. Around 300 languages have no Bible and might not even have a written form of language. Translation continues in many languages there. On the 18th of this month the Maiwa people of Milne Bay Province are celebrating the dedication of a New Testament in their language. So the work of translation continues and we are excited to be part of it. Thank you for joining us in is adventure.