Very exciting news from some friends, and former co-workers in Papua New Guinea that we received earlier this week.
Bringing the BIBLE into Mariama & Anganamai
The Bible is finished! One month from today, we will be flying into our village to give God’s Word, bound into one book, every verse checked & proofread, to the tribal believers. They are planning a celebration with guests coming from neighboring villages & around Papua New Guinea. We are anticipating this day with excitement … Wednesday October 1, 2014 is the day! Pictured below, the entire New Testament written in the Bagwido language. The front of the Bible says Mbro Nkifrarhu Ngonborngs, which means “Great Creator Being’s Book.”
Terrified would be a good word to express how we are feeling right now. Let me give you a bit of a background and history to get us to this point of our letter.
Way back in 1989 a young man (Tom) entered New Tribes Bible Institute in Waukesha, Wisconsin and a young lady (Tanya) entered New Tribes Bible College in Sydney, Australia. Both ended up serving the Lord as short term missionaries in Papua New Guinea where they met, formed a friendship, dated, and got engaged.
In 1993, we were married in Australia, where the young bride said she would follow her husband wherever he would go. Well, those vows led us to America for 3 years, back to Australia for a year, to Papua New Guinea for 6 and a half years and back to America for the past 10 years. The past nine of those years has had us living in Missouri at the Missionary Training Center.
Christmas has come and gone for another year, getting ready for a new semester has come and gone, January 2013 come and gone and here it is nearly the end of February all ready, everyday has gone by just as busy as the last and thank you notes kept getting pushed to the bottom of the pile.
God has provided abundantly for our family in the past 6 weeks. Let us tell you how.