Monday, May 30, 2011

Bible Dedication

Last Sunday we attended the dedication of the Agarabi New Testament.  This language group is the oldest translation project in Papua New Guinea.  It was started in 1959.  We are the support team for the American couple that helped do the translation.

It was about a 1 mile walk to the village where the dedication was. 

It started at about 11 and ended about 2.  There were singing groups and some men who did a drama to show how life was back before the missionaries came.

Here are some women seeing the Bible in the Agarabi language for the first time.

Our job was to coordinate transportation for over 200 expatriates to get to the village.

We were surprised when we found out that we were honored guests and were seated on the grandstand.  There were probably about 600 people in attendance.

Another responsibility we had was buying the food for all the guests.  I wondered how we were going to keep all this food fresh that we bought 2 days before the dedication, especially the 40 chickens.  Then it occurred to me that we just keep them alive until the morning of the dedication.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Oral Culture

We are constantly learning about the PNG culture and people. I had an
"Ah ha" moment a while back when I learned that people here are oral
learners. Many time I would be frustrated when somebody I would be
helping would not understand an email or read documentation I had
written. When I realized they learn things by hearing and face to face
contact it made a huge difference. Also it explained why PNG preachers
always repeat their point several times.

People here put a high value on relationships rather than things. They
love to spend time "storying" or sitting around talking and telling stories.

Thursday, May 5, 2011


One of the largest language groups in PNG with over 30,000 speakers is
about to receive the New Testament in their language for the first
time. Three consecutive teams have translated for years. The
translated scriptures have been checked, rechecked, typeset and printed
and soon there will be a huge celebration. We are the support team for
the expat family who is back in the US right now. We are working on
arranging transportation for about 200 people from our center.
Thankfully it is one of the easier to access areas and is only a half
hour drive away.

Here is a picture of our friends Darasi and his son, Sakias, two of the
main translators for this language.