And it is not a joke! Finally the March newsletter from Beverly! Since I originally wrote this letter, Mother has been in the hospital a second time with bronchitis at the very same time as our things were moved to Huffman. I also had bronchitis. We still need to properly unpack and resume normal and healthy life. Please pray for good recovery for both Mother and me!
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I am enjoying time with my family for the Christmas season. Yesterday, we celebrated by family photos. (Don’t worry, I’ll not share all 300-400 photos!) However, here is the big group of us:
Nana is in the middle, two granddaughters, one of the two grandsons’ in law, one grandson, and five great grandkids, and the happiest auntie!
Nana and Ray enjoy the special bond of sharing a birthday.
But, I also miss my Onobasulu family. I think about what might be happening in Walagu and the other villages. There would be plans for a special Christmas crusade. Think Christmas revival meetings. But also a fun part of the Christmas crusade is that the extended family gets together. Some of the family members that work outside the language area, often make a special effort to come back to be with family. And sago will be an important part of the menu when the family eats together.
Most of all, I love thinking about how the amazing of God the Father sending His Son into the world to be God with Us, Immanuel. I ponder the amazing humility of Jesus to be willing to be born to a common family, not to be born in a palace or hospital. His love and adoption of me, also lets me enjoy the privilege of living among and being a part of the Onobasulu people.
Where ever you are, whoever you are with, remember that His love reaches out to you and invites to you be a part of His Family, because of Jesus!
I just left everyone hanging after my last blog post. I apologize for that. I did get through the last week, with help from dear friends. I did make it onto the plane and safely home with my luggage!
Here is the table in Ukarumpa where the consultant checking work happened. This is me set to work on the corrections suggested by the consultant.
What am I doing now?! I did enjoy some family time last week for Thanksgiving. Do not worry about me not having enough work to do here in Texas. In fact, that is the pray request, that I can establish even better work environment and make good progress on my very long work to do list.
And as we have just been thinking about the many blessings of our lives and giving thanks for those blessings. And as we look forward to remembering the greatest gift ever given to our lost and fallen world, The gift of God’s Son, Jesus Christ! I would like to challenge you (and me!) what are we going to give back to Him?
There are very many great avenues to give. Please pray about adding Bible Translation to your giving list. If God puts the Onobasulu work onto your hearts, there are a couple of ways. Go to Wycliffe.org; then the donation tab. You can enter or search by member name. And there is also a special account for Onobasulu training work. That number is 991069.
Enjoy various family & cultural traditions and celebrates. Just also remember the real reason we all celebrate! Have a blessed Christmas season!
Some days are days of celebration and pure joy. Some days are difficult, and we just struggle through. Today has been a long hard day for me. I did not get a great night’s sleep and then I was up way earlier than my usual. I waited at the airstrip for the cold rain to end and the clouds to clear, then watched the plane fly off to Walagu. I had some difficult things to discuss and think about today. And the day stayed cloudy, rainy, and dreary. Just a plain ole hard day walking hand in hand with both celebration and grief. Thanks for your continued prayers.
Translating the Bible is not just going through the text one time, and changing word by word. It is drafting, then many, many checks and re-checks. Some days it does seem like the task is never ending. Well, today, The Onobasulu men and I finished a list of verses that still had some questions. So, after many drafts, checks, and revisions Luke is almost ready to print. Well, there are still a few, very small format changes that need to happen. But for the moment, we are happy with the introduction, text, section headings, and footnotes. Sigh. Very big sigh!
The men leave PNG time, early Tuesday morning. I leave Ukarumpa on 31st October. I overnight in Port Moresby, then on to Brisbane, Australia to spend a couple of nights with friends and much needed down time. Then two long flights: first to Sydney, then Sydney to Dallas Fort Worth airport (HOME!)
Well, we are having our midmorning tea break here in Papua New Guinea. The four Onobasulu men and I are working through the suggested changes from the consultant checking on Luke’s Gospel the last couple of weeks. We are making good progress.
Here is Beverly’s computer surrounded by paperwork. We are enjoying working in the dining room of the house where I am living these weeks!
Just before break we were working in Chapter 15 of Luke’s Gospel. In the first few verses, there were a few small changes to make. Often ‘typos’ that I continue to find! However, the third parable is that of the prodigal son. I want you to know exactly what our consultant Howard Oates said about our translation.
“Ch 15.11-32 The story was very clear and well understood. Excellent!”
Here is a photo of some of my work pages:
Most pages have some corrections. On the right side is part of the Luke 15 passage. The only marks on the page were where I marked the reading breaks as we read through the previous week. NO corrections! It is a lovely page.
Thanks for your continued prayers!
Wednesday morning in Papua New Guinea. The Onobasulu work is going very well. My enthusiasm level remains high. But my strength and stamina level is falling off. For example, yesterday afternoon, we finished a bit early, and the Onobasulu guys left early to go to the store to buy some more supplies that they needed. I went to be for a ‘short’ nap. I awakened a bit later as the evening cooled off. Basically, I ate a quick and easy supper, and went back to bed. I am also having some pain from my fibromyalgia. So, please continue to pray for all of us for health and strength. Pray also for the computer and printer to continue working well.