Time is going quickly, and it is hard to believe we are nearing the end of October already.
Steven is in his last semester of SWBU and it is going well. Last month, we flew out to Missouri to see him and meet his fiancé! He got engaged last month. It was so good to meet her, and we just love her. This is a busy semester for both of them as Steven graduates December 14th and then they get married 2 days later. Shelby will graduate in May. We look forward to her joining our family.
Emily is adjusting to her new college and really likes it. She is busy with her studies and was able to find a job on campus. Her job allows her flexibility as she can work when it fits into her schedule.
Jonathan is happy to be a senior! School is going well, and he is now looking into where he wants to attend next fall. Once he goes off to college, we will have 3 college students in our family!
Bill is enjoying his new ministry as he continues to learn more of what he will be doing. He has started working with some co-workers already to help them in their fundraising for their ministry with Ethnos360. He continues to work on our own partnership development as we need to increase our monthly support as well. His back is getting better, and this week he was able to begin another round of therapy. Please continue to pray for healing as it is very painful at times. I am thankful for the opportunities I have to sub at Jonathan’s school.
There are several missionaries who are translating the Bible which takes years to do. They even make a dictionary of all the words, so they have them handy for the translators and those who check the translations. In PNG, there is a Bible that is 65% translated and ready to print. Here is what one of the missionaries wrote about the translation work, “There are about 33,000 words in this translation, so it was no small task. Here is an example of what their words look like. This single word from John 14:2 nyullovurovaikubwemwalmonyugono means “I will indeed go up and continue to prepare for you.” These long verbs are common in this language and many are even longer than this one!”
Thank you for being a part of our ministry which includes being a part of this translation work by our co-workers. When the local people in this area, read some of the Bible that was translated in their language, it brought tears to their eyes as they read what God has done for them. It takes so many people to accomplish this! We are grateful to you for your partnership with us as we see people hear/read the gospel in their own language!
Bill, Karyn and Jonathan