We are enjoying our New Year but have already had some sad good-byes. Christina and Savannah were home for Christmas break but are now back at school. This was their last chance to come to our island before Christina graduates in May. When they have their spring break – Ned will be having his big translation check so we will meet them at another location in March. It was especially hard for Christina to say good-bye to her home. She has lived here since she was 2 months old – so her whole life. She loves the people and island life and will really miss it. The Tigak church had a going away “kai kai” (potluck) for the girls along with some PNG treats and money. They really love our kids and consider them part of the ministry we have here in PNG. Our elder, Paska, and his wife, Litia, shared that when Christina left they ran home and hid and just sobbed together.
Ned is actually in the USA this week at our Ethnos360 Home Office in Florida for a week of translation consultant meetings with all the Ethnos360 translation consultants from around the world. It has been quite a few years since they have all been together in one room. Please pray that it would be a profitable time for everyone involved as they work through some difficult verses to translate and make plans for future needs.
Ned’s brand new computer is having some problems but is thankfully under warranty. Please pray that he would somehow be able to get the warranty work done during this quick trip to the USA. Ned will take a few days after the meetings to spend some time with his mom and meet our newest grandbaby. The rest of the Tigak team is working on the final steps of the translation to get it ready for sending to the two translation consultants who will be checking the rest of the Tigak New Testament for us.
Please continue to pray for little Paska who I shared about in the last email. It is a difficult process to get a passport for him and his dad and we are pursuing all possible options to hopefully make this happen sooner rather than later. There is a time constraint on how much time Paska has before having surgery. We have had ups and downs as we hear more information from the capital city of Port Moresby. We desperately need God’s wisdom and people on the ground helping us.
Thank you for faithfully upholding our prayer needs and being an encouragement to us! We could not have been here all these years without your support!