In just a few days I’ll be returning to Papua New Guinea!! The goal of this trip is to finalize 4 books of the New Testament (Matthew, John, Hebrews and Revelation). It will take 4 weeks to work our way through 2657 verses. A mammoth and exhausting task.
I will also be working on the final spell-checking of all the Mengen NT books while I’m there. Lord willing when I return in April, the Mengen New Testament will be complete and ready for the final formatting before being sent to the printers!
Yes, that means that the entire Mengen New Testament will be complete! To God be the Glory!
The next few months will be very exciting, but also very stressful for me as we see the culmination of 15+ years of work finally coming to completion.
There are some things to be praying for in the weeks ahead:
- Pray that the Lord would be preparing the Mengen guys for this mammoth task. Pray that they would have a huge desire to help and they would be alert and enthusiastic. It will be a huge mental drain on all of us, so it’s a lot to expect of the Mengen translation helpers.
- Pray that Alex, Robert and Sande would remain in good health and would not struggle with malaria or any major illness. Even a headache would really make the translation check difficult, so please pray for good health for these guys.
- Praise the Lord for giving me good health and pray that I can remain well during my time in PNG. Stress tends to aggravate MS, so pray that the Lord would give me a calm heart and peace of mind as I make a final push to finish the Mengen New Testament.
- Pray for Jason, Lisa and Dave, our mission translation consultants. All 3 are currently in different countries! Pray that the Lord would bring them back to PNG on schedule and provide for their needs. They are all sacrificing a lot to be involved in Bible Translation and we appreciate their work so much.
- Pray for the Mengen believers to walk with the Lord in every aspect of their lives. Pray for their relationships as families and in the church, that they would be a good testimony to the unbelievers who come their way.
- Pray for the many young people in the Lele church, that they would not follow the ways of the world, but that they would choose to live godly lives. There are many temptations in their way, so pray that they would follow Christ in every decision they make.
Thanks so very much for your faithful prayers and support. I appreciate each and every one of you.
Because He is forever faithful,