On July 30 Rachel and I were blessed to attend the Urat New Testament dedication! The celebration took place in Musungwik village. A group of traditional dancers led a procession through the village to the meeting area, where a grandstand had been constructed for the many dignitaries that attended. Five women, each representing a different church denomination, carried the Urat New Testaments in traditional baskets on their backs.
During one of the many speeches given during the four-hour ceremony, a guest shared with the crowd that nearly 300 other languages in Papua New Guinea are still waiting for Bible translation. As we traveled home the next day, our truck stopped at a roadside village to allow the passengers to stretch their legs. We chatted with a few of the people who lived there, and told them where we had been. A man said to us, with longing, “I wish that someone would come and help us to translate the Bible into our language. Can you send someone?”
See this blog for a great article and videos about the dedication