Dom Bible Dedication Report
Quote of the Week
“I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Oh magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” Ps 34:1,3
Dear faithful partners,
I feel so incredibly privileged to have been a part witnessing the dedication of the New Testament to the Dom people. The work began among the Dom people in 1975 with Colin and Brenda Lamb. It was an honor to have Colin and his son Martin and their family out for the dedication. (Martin was my room mate in Bible school, so that made it even more special). Jim and Judy Burdett have carried the work on since joining the team in the 80s. The translation of the Dom New Testament took Jim 30 years to complete, with the help of many of the Dom people and the Holy Spirit!
I’ll share a little more in the News section. But, let me give you some things to pray about this week before I go on. Thank you for your continued faithfulness in praying for us. It’s such a blessing to have you on our prayer team. Thank you. Here’s our prayer summary and news for this week.
- Praise for dry weather, and a beautiful day for the Bible Dedication. Praise for safety for the 30 + people who traveled from here to the Dedication. I can’t tell you how much I value all of your prayers for these times of traveling on the roads here in PNG. I have never felt the Lord’s presence more. So, thank you for praying.
- Robin called this morning from New Tribes Bible Institute. Andrew is now officially a Bible School student. He has his room, his class schedule etc. Tonight will be his first night in the dorm. Continue to pray that he will settle in well.
- Robin will leave on Sunday and begin her long trip back to PNG. She will fly out of Grand Rapids on Tuesday morning. Pray for her long travel. Pray for her “goodbye.” Both Andrew and mom seem to be doing fine at the moment. I will pick her up here in Goroka on Friday morning!
- This week, my coworker is in the bush with his church. So I am on my own with the orientation for the week. Pray that I can continue to juggle my responsibilities well and not miss anything.
We are so privileged growing up in the US with God’s Word readily available in our language. And not just one version, but a version for every kind of thinking and walk of life we may have. These people have never had God’s word in their language. They have waited 30 years as they have helped Jim work through the New Testament one verse at a time! Ad they carried their Bible up to the dedication, they carried them high and sang songs of rejoicing! God’s Word was finally available in their language!
The written word has sparked a fire among the people in the Dom area. Now that God’s Word is in their language, there is a hunger to read, a hunger to hear it, a hunger to understand what it has to say! The work of the past 40 years has been difficult. There has not been a lot of interest. So, it’s exciting to see what God’s written Word is doing among the Dom people today. As Psalm 34 says, “Magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name!”
Thanks for enabling us to be a part of the team who has supported Colin and Brenda and Jim and Judy for all these years, in order to bring God’s Word to the people of the Dom. You all have had a part of this. Although you couldn’t be there in person, I know you were praying, and your giving, praying and supporting us is part of the large team that enabled this to happen.
As always, thanks for praying, thanks for giving, thanks for encouraging! Your investment has made this possible. Thanks for your part on the team developing churches in PNG.
David Watters for all of us