God can use our mistakes too!

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Praise God He can even use our mistakes to accomplish His purposes. Last night when we received the urgent call about Kena in the wee hours of the morning, Cathy immediately emailed our church in Holland to request prayer. Since for them it was already morning they sent the request through their prayer chain. And when they started praying….. are you ready for this? SIL Aviation (Wycliffe in PNG) made a mistake and landed on our airstrip probably minutes later, instead of the one on the other side of our mountain ridge that they were supposed to land on. As a result Kena was medivaced to town on that plane and was sent straight to the hospital where she received the help she needed to stop the bleeding. She would not likely have survived the night had this “mistake” not occurred at that time.  This is yet another reminder that when we pray in faith, God does listen and act on those prayers.

The Prayer of Faith  (James 5:13-20 NIV)

“Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”

Please pray for Kena

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Kena Willis and kidsWe 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

Reaction to Daaren’s death

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.

 

 

Translation check completed two days ahead of schedule

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