Missionary friends in Papua New Guinea stopped in to check on Sirah yesterday. What our friends reported about their encounter with Sirah reminds me of the passage from Philippians 1:21-26
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.”
Sirah’s condition is critical. She needs more surgery to stop internal bleeding but is too weak to endure another major operation right now. Pray for God’s intervention. But while you are praying be encouraged by the following exerpts from the conversation between Sirah and our missionary friends yesterday:
“After receiving your prayer update last night we felt it was important for us to stop at Kudjip on our way and spend some time perhaps encouraging and praying with Sirah. The truth is they ended up encouraging me!!!”
“Sirah is in a lot of pain and when asked what I could share with you and Andrew she said to ask you to pray for her as she has blood coming out in her stool and is also vomiting blood. I relayed that hundreds, possibly even thousands of family in Christ Jesus have been praying and that you both have been faithful to share her story with others so that many have been praying for her, she is not alone.”
“Sirah said that she is thinking a lot about Jesus and remembering that He suffered great pain on the cross so her pain is small and nothing. She started to beam as she talked about Bible story after Bible story and recalling the greatness of our mighty God.”
“We storied about the temple in the desert and the tabernacle and Holy of Holies…she just BEAMED as she jumped in to carry on the story of how the curtain was torn at the crucifixion of Christ and that meant that we can go directly to God and not through anyone else.”
“…. it made my heart BEAM to see the precious smile on her face and to hear her share from her heart all the many details ….about who God is!”
“…..she (Sirah) is afraid but TRUSTING the Lord through this.”
“She shared with Dr.Jim’s wife that she is burdened greatly for this work as there are few that have helped and are desiring to help and that burdens her heart.”
“PRAISE HIM!!! She is a beautiful fruit of your labors! May your hearts be encouraged by the testimony that she has been to the Doctors and staff and fellow patients and to me personally!! They shared verses that encouraged them. John 14:14 “If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.”, 2 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” , and she said to tell you that she wants to give you the verse 1 Corinthians 16:24 “My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.”
We know that whatever happens to Sirah, she will continue to praise God for eternity. But we would love to see her smiling face when we return to Papua New Guinea. Please pray for complete healing and that she would continue to be a light wherever she goes. ——————————————————————————————————————–
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