Thank you to all who were praying! The conference August 25-27 was a great time of fellowship for believers of 6 churches including ourselves here in Wusuraambya.
The first group of 39 believers arrived on Wednesday afternoon. They represented 3 churches about 2 days walk from here. The next church that walked from about 10 hours away met a heavy downpour in the bush and had to turn back. The next day (Friday) half the group tried again and arrived on time for the second session of conference. The final group had elderly in the midst and had to delay their arrival, overnighting part way. They arrived at our house 6:30 Saturday morning and attended the remaining 3 sessions Saturday and Sunday. The ladies met Friday afternoon and the men Saturday afternoon. Sunday afternoon was a leadership meeting with all the church leaders and Sunday evening finished up with the verse-by-verse video rendition of the book of Matthew. Then 4:30 a.m. on Monday everyone left to return to their own villages.
In order to make sure all the ladies could attend conference, Cathy looked after the children herself………..all 75 of them! How would you feel after babysitting 75 kids six times in one weekend?
The conference was a VERY encouraging time, though extremely busy leading up to the conference with all the preparation needed. Then Monday morning at 6:45 a.m. the first literacy students arrived again and we were right back to work. BUT Monday after the literacy students were all gone in the late afternoon, both of us ate and then went straight to bed and slept 10-12 hours! 🙂 Pretty crazy but worth it.
The story of conference was the life of Joseph. Joseph’s life replicates Jesus’ life in over 100 different ways according to some commentators. The theme of conference was faithfulness. The believers were encouraged to persevere through trials and be faithful in the little things so that God could use them for great things. All the churches reported that there are many villages still without the Gospel. Pray for more laborers who would take the message to the furthest reaches of each tribal area.
Thanks for praying!
Serving together in Christ,
Andrew & Cathy
We received a call at 2 a.m. that Kena has given birth to their fourth child yesterday. Afterwards however, she has been bleeding and the doctor in the tribe was unable to stop the bleeding. Then weather and time of day prevented the plane from evacuating her to the nearest hospital. Therefore we request urgent prayer for Kena, and also for Willis and the children.
Kena is the lead teacher for the Sunday school and ladies ministry in the tribe as well as heading up the literacy program, leading the local women’s group, providing medical help where needed, along with being a wife and mother of four beautiful children. She is also our adopted daughter, and her children are like grandchildren to us.
Willis is a shepherd to the flock of Wusuraambya believers. He is a prayer warrior, a Bible teacher, an evangelist, and a servant to many. He has been involved in every outreach since (and including) 2005. He has been beaten publicly and privately because of his faith and service to the Lord.
Satan has been unsuccessful at stopping Willis and Kena through other people. Is Kena’s uncontrolled bleeding just another way that Satan is trying to interfere with what God is doing in Wusuraambya? But Jesus said, “on this rock I will build my church and the gates of hades will not overcome it.” (Matthew 16:18) Pray that God will completely heal Kena, and by doing so, defeat Satan’s efforts in Wusuraambya.
Thank you for praying!
Your brother and sister in Christ,
Andrew & Cathy Goud
We just chatted with our Wusuraambya friends, Kena and Willis. Kena shared how they had gone to the house of mourning for Daaren. Daaren’s father Sailas has been sharing freely with others that his son is now happy in the presence of his Lord. He has been chanting songs of joy instead of the traditional mourning songs of despair. This has been a huge testimony to those who have not trusted Christ as their Saviour yet.
We also heard that another young Wusuraambyan man who works another shift at the same company where Daaren worked, almost touched where Daaren touched causing the accident, only hours before. He could have died and gone to a Christless eternity. Thankfully Daaren was ready to meet his Saviour. Please join your Wusuraambyan brothers and sisters in Christ as they pray for this young man, Dan, as well as the other unbelievers, particularly Daaren’s brothers that they would come to Christ through Daaren’s death. God does not waste opportunities to draw people to Himself. He has each of our lives mapped out, and He has our final day marked on His calendar. Let’s make each day count for Him.
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.
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