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
Because the surface of the airstrip has become very rough due to water erosion, it became necessary to close it on August 5. Drainage ditches are needed along each side of the airstrip as well as addition maintenance. Since the airstrip closed, we have heard that the Wusuraambya people are working hard on the required maintenance. When Andrew goes in Sept. 24 he will fly in to a neighbouring airstrip and hike for about an hour (if the trail is dry) to get to our home. Please pray that people will stay motivated to complete all the necessary repairs so that the airstrip can be reopened soon.
Goud children begin new school year at Numonohi Christian Academy
After nearly two months in the tribe for summer vacation, our children have begun another school year at Numonohi Christian Academy. Josh is now in middle school (grade7) and Dan, Ben and Heidi are in highschool, in grades 9, 10 and 12. Heidi is on the softball team and Ben is on the volleyball team. All four children enjoy interacting with friends. We thank the Lord for dedicated staff who seek to be a godly example to the children. Please pray for Heidi, Ben, Dan and Josh, as well as us as parents, that our love for our Lord would grow stronger each day.
Believers teaching in Romans 12, giving our bodies to God
During these next two weeks the believers in Wusuraambya will be taught from Romans 12 concerning the aspect of giving their bodies to God as living sacrifices for Him to use as He desires. Pray for the believers as they discern what this really means. If we give our hands to God would we continue to use our hands to steal or play cards (gambling) or fight? No, God would not desire to use our hands in that way. If we give our mouths to God, would we say harsh words of hatred towards people who hurt us? No, God would rather use our mouths to speak the words of love contained in the Gospel. Pray that we would not only be teaching these thoughts to the believers but also have practical opportunities to teach our children how to apply these truths in their young lives. Pray too that we as a couple will noticeably apply God’s Word in our day-to-day lives.
Students of INTERFACE come to Wusuraambya
Several times a year groups of young people who wish to “check out” missions, come to the college-level missions program known as “Interface” here in PNG. (Click on this link to find out more: Interface PNG) As part of their program they visit a tribal location. The day they wanted to fly in, the weather was TERRIBLE with clouds right down to the ground! The team never did make it in the first day, and the second day there was only a window of time for them to get in before the clouds set in again. Despite having to slosh through the MUD, they had a wonderful time of fellowship with the Wusuraambya believers.
Heidi and Cathy leave for Australia on September 7 for Heidi’s jaw surgery
It is only a short time now until Cathy and Heidi travel to Australia for Heidi’s jaw surgery. They will fly down on September 7th. Heidi has 4 pre-op appointments with the surgeon beginning on September 9th and the actual operation is scheduled for October 5th. They will stay for two weeks after the surgery for additional appointments before returning to PNG on Oct. 20. Please pray for Heidi as this will not be a pleasant experience, and for all of us as we are separated for 6 weeks.
This weekend we had a visit from our former co-worker, Gary Piovesan, who left the field in 1995. After 19 years of ministry in Papua New Guinea it had been depressing to see how little impact the Gospel had had on the Wusuraambya people back then. So when he visited the believers this weekend and listened to the many testimonies of God’s grace in Wusuraambya it was very encouraging for him. He spoke (in the Wusuraambya language after 14 years!) in church on Sunday, and again on Monday at a “mumu” (feast), encouraging the believers. It was a very special time.
Today we finished another translation check of 4 more chapters of Romans and the book of Ruth. Ruth is Cathy’s 1st translation project and checked out very well. Her next project will be Titus.
Last week I (Andrew) was also able to check Jesi and Josek’s progress with the book of Exodus. They are making good headway too.
JESI AND MARRIAGE EXCHANGE……
The kids finished their school year yesterday and are very happy to be off for the “summer” break. We’ll be flying back to the tribe next week and staying until the last week of July when school starts again. As of today Heidi is a SENIOR! In only ONE year she will be leaving the country she grew up in and going to start a new life in Canada.
UPDATE ON HEIDI’S JAW SURGERY……
Thanks for praying! The Lord has been answering a load of prayers these last few weeks. First of all we heard that the believers who went to West New Britain to work are coming back. The pay is good but the sickness makes it less inviting.
Then there’s Jesi: After a lot of pressure was being put on him to marry a girl that his and another clan agreed he should marry, the believers finally agreed that to pressure him into marrying her would jeopardize the work he is doing in translation right now, and that pressuring him in this way was contrary to God’s will – it was following the ideas of people. Jesi is SO relieved to finally be freed of the pressure to marry.
And then there’s the translation check: we just checked Romans chapters 3-6 and also the book of Ruth. Both checks went extremely well. Cathy will now be translating Titus as Andrew continues with Romans. Glad to have her on board as a “full” time translator!
Keep praying everyone – God is listening!
Coffee is the main source of income in the Highlands tribes, but with the increasing costs of fuel and flights little or nothing goes to the grower these days. In contrast, work in the oil palm of West New Britain Province is lucrative and a big attraction to anyone who is motivated to earn a living.
While we can’t blame anyone for wanting to meet the needs of their families we ask you to pray for those who are no longer worshipping with us in Wusuraambya because they are out there working in the oil palm. Pray that they will find fellowship with believers where they are now living. Pray for their health. There is a great deal of malaria and other tropical sickness at sea level where they are now working.
Since it is mostly (though not all) men who have gone to work in the oil palm it is much harder to find capable people for checking translation with Andrew now. Please pray diligently that some of the better translation helpers such as Gemos and Winson would be led to come back and continue working with us as we translate God’s Word into their language.
Another situation that we’d like to bring before you for prayer is Jesi and the arranged marriage which he would much prefer to avoid. His clan arranged with another clan in the Church for him to marry their daughter/sister. But we’re not sure the girl is saved, and Jesi has no intimate feelings toward her. In fact he really doesn’t want to be married until he’s done much more of the New Testament Translation. But there is great cultural pressure for him to marry and other believers are now looking at his refusal to marry her as a poor testimony. He’s even been asked not to teach for a couple of months and this is really hurtful to him. Pray diligently that Jesi would not follow the cultural norm of running away from his “shame” and staying away for months or years before ever returning. He is seeking God’s strength and wisdom in the situation and trusting that God will show him what to do.
Finally, please pray for us as we prepare for another translation check on May 27-29 (this month). We will be checking Romans chapters 3-6 and Ruth 1-4 Lord willing.
Thanks for your part in the ministry to the Wusuraambya people of Papua New Guinea.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray constantly, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Please be praying for the Wusuraambya believers who have gone off to work in West New Britain Province in the oil palm.