Sirah to be with the Lord this weekend

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Dear Friends,

We received word from the doctor that Sirah’s condition has continued to decline. Here is what he wrote us yesterday:

“Dear Friends,
I am sorry to say that Sirah seems to be getting worse today. She had seemed stable for a few days but I think she may be close to heaven now. Her White Blood Cell Count jumped up to 34,000 and her hemoglobin dropped again to 7.5 gm. She is getting blood this evening. I think she probably has more dead bowel in her abdomen. Short of a miracle I think she may not make it through the weekend. I am very sorry that things turned out so dismally medically. I had prayer with her father and the watchmeri. Sirah is still awake and alert. Thanks for all your prayers. ”

Please pray for Sirah as she prepares to meet the Lord in glory. Pray for Daasilin who has been by her side for the last weeks. She went with Sirah expecting her to have the operation and return in a couple of weeks. She would never have expected this outcome.

Pray for Sirah’s father Elias who is also by her side these last days. Pray the Sirah’s testimony would impact him deeply and cause him to turn to the Lord for salvation.

Pray for Sirah’s mother who is still in Wusuraambya and will likely not see her daughter again this side of heaven.

We are so thankful for the time we’ve had with Sirah and the wonderful testimony she has been of God’s love.

Thanks once again for praying!

Andrew, Cathy, Heidi, Ben, Dan and Josh Goud

Translation check completed two days ahead of schedule

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Thanks for praying everyone.

During the last three days we have been able to check all of Jonah, Romans, Ephesians, Titus, Philemon and Jude.  We finished yesterday, two days ahead of schedule. We’ll now correct some minor problems discovered during the check and then will be free to print and distribute all these books to the believers.

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During the check we read passage by passage to our helpers Winson, Daasilin, and Kena, who in turn told the consultant in Pidgin English what they understood from each passage. The consultant could then determine whether all of the meaning was clearly communicated in the translation or whether certain things weren’t understood well enough the way they were translated. Some passages in Romans and Ephesians were too difficult for the translation helpers to translate into Pidgin English, so they told us in their own language what they heard and we translated what they said for the consultant.  Its amazing how they could often listen to even a whole page of Bible text and repeat most of the essential details  after only one reading!  They could even remember most of the details of some very long passages in Romans.  We are so thankful for the help God has given us to translate his Word!

We’re also thankful for Jason Stuart, one of our only PNG translation consultants.  Many of our consultants have retired or left for other reasons. So Jason is taking the brunt of the load of checking translation for translators throughout all of Papua New Guinea right now.  This means many hours away from his wife and young children. Pray for more people who would be willing and able to help with translation consulting.  Each book that is translated must be checked and approved by a trained consultant before it can be released to the church. So this is an essential step in the long process of translating the Bible.

Thanks again for praying for us during this check.  We’ll be flying back to Wusuraambya on Tuesday. The next books to be checked will be 1 Corinthians, 1 Timothy, and 1 Thessalonians.

Serving together in Christ,

Andrew & Cathy Goud

New Tribes Mission – Papua New Guinea