Urgent Prayer for Sirah

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SirahPlease pray for Sirah. Sirah is one of Cathy’s regular translation helpers now, but she has had a very swollen belly for years.  With the help and encouragement of others we were able to bring Sirah to Goroka and have her checked by our own mission doctor.  XRays and ultrasound showed that Sirah’s spleen is 5 times the normal size and must be removed.  The surgeons at a Nazarene hospital here in PNG have graciously agreed to do the necessary surgery to remove Sirah’s spleen. So today two Wusuraambya believers accompanied Sirah to the hospital, a 4 hour drive along rough roads, and the surgery to remove her spleen is scheduled for tomorrow morning.  (PNG time is 12 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time).   Please pray for the doctors and for Sirah as they perform the surgery tomorrow.  Thank You!

In His Service,

Andrew & Cathy 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