“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “to talk of many things: of shoes, and ships, and sealing-wax, of cabbages, and updates from Papua New Guinea.”
Yeah. I adapted the quote a tad bit.
Hello everyone! I apologize for the delay but there have been MANY, MANY happenings here in PNG since my last update. Such as:
-organizing over 20 high school students to shoot different parts of a rules video
-Tok Pisin lessons
(my lap during the Tok Pisin worship service: dictionary, journal, English Bible, Tok Pisin Bible)
-many softball practices and a softball tournament in Goroka (I actually left Ukarumpa!)
– high school worship band mentoring
-7th and 8th grade youth activities helping
-Women’s Retreat djembe playing
-Church service drum playing
oh yeah, and teaching children…you know, the job I came here to do 🙂
All of these things have been fantastic, but I would like to focus on a church service that happened a few weeks ago. The service was centered around all of the new Bible translations completed in PNG in the past year. The count? 33!!! Translations include New Testaments, Old Testaments, Revisions, Audio Bibles, Jesus Videos, individual books of the Bible, and publications of translations on the web. The service included a procession of individuals holding copies of their translations as they walked down the middle aisle of the church one by one. When his language group was called, one man proceeded down the aisle cheering in celebration of his language group’s translation. I sat behind the drums and cried like a baby.
The service happened about 5 weeks after I have been here and it was like Jesus was slapping me in the face with “THIS IS WHY YOU ARE HERE!” It is SO easy to get caught up in teaching, or band mentoring, or whatever job you have to forget that we are doing these things for God’s Kingdom. I am teaching so that these kids parents can work on these very translations, or pilot planes to fly the cargo to these villages, or work at the print shop here to print children’s Bible stories while the “big” translation is waiting to be finished. This is our goal. That God’s word would be present in every language group on earth. There are so many different things that need to be done. I am here to teach so that parents aren’t forced to deal with the decision of “do I pause my translation work so my child can get a good education?”
I love it when Jesus forces me out of my corner to see His big picture.
Another “Jesus moment” happened while driving back from the softball tournament in Goroka. Goroka is about 60 miles away, but it takes 2 hours to get there leaving plenty of time for contemplation of the Lord and His creation.
(* the girls won ALL of their softball games and I am in the process of making a video for them which I will then post for you so can see how proud I am of all my children)
So, driving back through the Papua New Guinean countryside, here is a glimpse of what I saw:
How could I look at this and not be wrecked by God’s creative awesomeness? I was in a van filled with high schoolers, so I maintained my composure so as to not succumb them to seeing a teacher cry, but I assure you, had I been by myself, there would have been much music blaring and singing done in the car.
It was great.
Welp, those are the main events that have happened over the past few weeks. Here are some events to come:
-sponsor the all school (7th-12th) lock in. (Gross. I hate lock-ins. But I love the children, so it’s whatever.)
-road trip to Lae!! Four other friends and I are taking a trip during school break(a four hour drive…I think…)
-Encounter!!! (High school spiritual retreat. I get to be a discussion leader. Boom.)