Friday, July 18, 2014

Progress

Here is the status of Bible translation around the world.  There are nearly 2200 translations in progress, and under 1900 languages likely needing translation.
More people have more access to Scripture that at any other time in history.
In 1999, there was an average of 25 translation starts per year; now it is 75 per year.
In 1999 the average New Testament took over 20 years to complete; today the average is under 10 years.

We praise God for the 143 Bible translation projects started last year.

It is also encouraging to see the progress in completed Scripture translation and the projections for the future.
                1930-2009            =             80 years                  718 translations completed
                2010-2029            =             20 years               1,600+ translations completed (projected)

It is great to be a part of Bible translation here in Papua New Guinea.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Vacation

This last week we went with friends on a four day family vacation to Lae, a city about a 4 hour drive from our mission center.  Lae is famous for being the last place Amelia Earhart took off from before she disappeared.  We  spent hours in the pool at the mission guest house where we stayed (the closest pool is 2 hours away) and we shopped.  The upside is that groceries are cheaper in Lae and there is more selection so we really stocked up.  The downside is that it takes so much longer to buy things there than it does in the US.  At one store it took about 20 minutes just to complete the transaction for about 5 items we bought.  That one really tried our patience.  Even though Lae is a rough town in a 3rd world country it was very refreshing to get away and we all had a great time.  With the exception of 2 trips to a tiny nearby town this was the first time our family has been off of the mission center since January! Thank you to those of you who prayed for a safe trip!

We now have a little kitten named Cocoa.  We plan on letting her have kittens.  Many Papua New Guineans want to have cats to get rid of the rats.  Rats will eat holes in their clothes where they have spilt food so many people walk around with clothes with holes in them. We are hoping to educate people on how to take care of and feed a cat before we give it to them. 

Paul and Laura

We desire to see Papua New Guineans knowing and living God's Word, which leads to changed lives and transformed communities.


Our new kitten, Cocoa