This has been a long day in coming. Steven Hong is pictured here holding the completed Mandara New Testament. He and his wife Holly has been working on this for over 20 years. When they first arrived in P.N.G. Steven’s plan was to provide computer support for the work of translation. After being here just a short time the Lord moved on their hearts to get involved in the work of translation. They moved to a remote island of Simberi to begin the work of translation.
Gertrude as she was doing literacy workshops throughout the New Ireland Province, which Simberi is a part of, she helped them start a Sunday School program in Mandara. As they began making use of these materials the people became more interested in the Mandara New Testament as it was being translated. After Gertrude left P.N.G. in 2000, the Mandara people continued to develop the Sunday school materials.
In 2002, Gertrude and I had opportunity to visit Simberi. While we were at Simberi we shot some video footage that was eventually used for The Time is Now: A Call to African Americans to Missions. This made it all the more special for Gertrude and me to be able to return for the New Testament Dedication. (There is more I would like to say about the dedication, but I’ll wait till have more pictures prepared to share with you.)
I have just uploaded some pictures from the dedication. Simberi N.T. Dedication