I had a great vocabulary word, but my mother tongue taper wouldn't let me use it that way. Often, as we hit bumps or walls in our translation work, our helpers have a difficult time telling us why things don’t work or how to overcome or get around a difficulty. This is one of those stories.
Miscommunication still happens, even when we are trying our hardest for it not to happen. This story is an excellent example of why we have so many steps – and so much checking – built into our translation work! True, it will take many years to get the whole Bible translated into Lusi, but, by the grace of God, there will be the fewest errors possible.
She was about how the veil in the Temple was ripped when Jesus died. . . . It torn from top to bottom by the very Hand of God Himself – means that now she has direct access to God through prayer
To communicate God's Word clearly in another language, sometimes we have to slow down the information rate. One of the challenging things in translation is that two languages can have two very different ways of handling the same information.
Recently in a team meeting, I was reminded that rude gestures are NOT the same in different cultures.
When cultures collide, Bible Teacher training involves challenging uninspected worldviews.
We were so blessed to have two NTMPNG co-workers visit us in the village to help us to do the things we cannot do for ourselves. As a result, we have gone from living off the grid, to being plugged in to a world half a world away! Before we were just village grapevines being bypassed in an internet age.
.....all believed! It just goes to show the power of the written word, and how the Holy Spirit uses the faithful presentation of the truth!
We have found that earthquakes, lightening storms, and other things may catch us by surprise, but they do not surprise God.
Being a missionary is a job of constantly learning, constantly evaluating what you thought you knew, and looking at things in a new light, or at least a new frame of reference. If you stop learning, you stop being effective.