The last epistle to be translated into the Siawi language is now in the hands of the translation consultant, preparatory to a final check for accuracy, clarity, and naturalness, mid-April. I speak for all of the Siawi translation team when I say that we are breathing a big sigh of relief. 2 Corinthians is known as the hardest book of the New Testament to translate, so maybe it was fitting that we finish the epistle phase of translation with it.
No, it is not the last book we need to translate-the gospels of John and Matthew are left; but, being narratives, a lot of the pressures are off.
As I was thinking about the translation, knowing that my co-workers only have six more weeks in Siawi before they leave permanently, God’s grace being given, so that the project can be finished flooded my mind. Having the 11-12 fully committed, well-gifted Siawi team members is a huge testimony of God’s grace. It is unheard of to have a such a team.
And, the believers’ understanding of my limitations and God’s abundance, regarding this work, is also amazing. Sunday mornings, it isn’t unusual to hear a prayer like this: “Father, translating 2 Corinthians is hard. We need your help. The old old woman can’t do it by her own knowledge, and the ones helping her need your help, too. Please make sure the computer doesn’t break down, too. Help Linda with her back and her body and her eyes, so she can finish this work. We know she is old and it is time for her to go back to America, but you sent her here to finish this work. Help her to do it.”
God very obviously has me in this place, upheld by his grace, to complete the Siawi New Testament. We will especially appreciate your continued prayers, as we, step by step, move closer to the finish line. It has worked out well, having Nokee and his family living across the airstrip from me while Swansons have been out this past month, and I trust it will continue to be so in the coming months after they are gone.
Rejoicing in our great God and Savior,
SIAWI NEW TESTAMENT
- – Completed: 76.10%
- – In process, John: 10.57% of NT
- – Estimated funds needed to print New Testament: $20,000
- – Funds available: $15,923
- – Publication Goal: Completed end of 2011 and printed early 2012.
Gifts for this project should be payable to “New Tribes Mission” and specify “for the Siawi NT Printing Account.”
New Tribes Mission
1000 E. First St.
Sanford, FL 32771-1487
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