Praise Report November 2015

Paul & Wesley, Translators
Paul & Wesley, Translators

    Praise the Lord!

  • He has received another saint into Glory—Dr. Eddie B. Lane.
  • Thank God for a large financial gift slotted for dubbing the Jesus video.
  • We have a great team of prayer partners.
  • We have spiritual and physical vitality.
  • Thank God for His people who give faithfully to our ministry.
  • We’re back up to five Notsi translators.
  • Kevin and the translators finished drafting the entire New Testament in Notsi and the advisor check on Acts chapters 1-14 These chapters are ready for consultant check.
  • We continue to enjoy reading the Bible in one year together.
  • Elementary teacher education in PNG is now part of pre-service teacher training.
  • Gertrude’s academic paper and presentation was well received at the University of Goroka Education Conference in September.

Prayer Points October 2015

Kevin & Gertrude on Valentine's Day
Kevin & Gertrude on Valentine’s Day
  • Our most important pray request is for all of Papua New Guinea, that the Lord will send the needed rain to end the drought. It will be very difficult continue our work without rain in our village. It is creating many hardships for the Papua New Guineans.
  • Grace and favor on our partners in Bible Translation. That’s our prayer for you!
  • Comfort for Dr. Eddie B. Lane’s family during their period of grief.
  • Comfort for Steven Thomas and family who grieve the loss of a young adult daughter in August.
  • Physical and Spiritual vitality for Notsi translators as they record the Gospel of John while continuing with translating other New Testament books.
  • Kevin and Gertrude’s spiritual and physical health.
  • Family members’ wisdom and grace in living with chronic illness such as diabetes, high blood pressure and other ailments.
  • Partners in ministry for new Wycliffe missionaries—for prayer and finances.
  • Committed and capable literacy teams for the Notsi, Nalik, Notsi-Madak and Barok languages.
  • Unsaved relatives and friends will come to know Christ personally. And renewal of faith and dedication of those who have drifted away from the Lord.
  • Spiritual growth of lay Christians among the Notsi, especially those involved in Bible translation.
  • Gertrude—as she continues her role as co-manager and advisor in the Literacy and Education Department PNG
    Safety in our travels as we travel around Papua New Guinea and Gertrude as she fulfills her Pacific Area role.
  • Wisdom and proactive approach of local church leadership in appointing local people to train in Bible translation and literacy—committed people who are able to assist with Bible Translation.
    Guest house managers to come serve long-term in PNG—especially in Kokopo and Kavieng. Adrienne plans to move on to a language program in 2016.

Prayer & Praise Report

Prayer Request

  • Grace and favor on our partners in Bible Translation. That’s our prayer for you!
  • Comfort for Kevin’s sister Karen, as she continues through this first year without her husband John, who passed away on June 24, 2014.
  • Physical and Spiritual vitality for Notsi translators as they record the Gospel of John while continuing with translating other New Testament books.
  • Family members living with chronic illness such as diabetes, high blood pressure and other ailments.
  • Our plans to visit partners in ministry and that we ‘ll have funds needed to purchase return tickets to Papua New Guinea.
  • Spiritual growth of lay Christians among the Notsi, especially those involved in Bible translation.
  • Gertrude—as she begins to consider the scope of her role in literacy and education with leadership back in PNG
  • Jesus Film—Develop the script from the Gospel of Luke and other text and dub it into the Jesus film.
  • Partners in ministry for new Wycliffe missionaries—for prayer and finances.
  • Safety in our travels as we travel around the country visiting family and partners in ministry.
  • Wisdom and proactive approach of local church leadership in appointing local people to train in Bible translation and literacy—committed people who are able to assist with Bible ranslation.
  • Guest house managers to come serve long-term in PNG—especially in Kokopo and Kavieng
  • Finishing the Notsi New Testament in five to seven years and leaving a team in place to complete the Old Testament.
  • Kevin and Gertrude’s spiritual and physical health.

Praise Report

  • God continues to reward our faith in His provision.
  • God comforts us in our grief and gives grace.
  • Funding needs for special projects are being met.
  • We have a great team of prayer partners.
  • We have spiritual and physical vitality.
  • Thank God for His people who give faithfully to our ministry.
  • We’re back up to three Notsi translators.
  • Kevin and the translators finished consultant check on The Gospel of Luke. Over 38% of the New Testament is completed.
  • We continue to be blessed by reading through the Bible together in one year.
  • Introduction of a new phonics method is helping local teachers to teach reading and writing in home languages.
  • Gertrude’s academic success.

January 2015 Prayer & Praise

Reading the Notsi Scriptures for the first time
Reading the Notsi Scriptures for the first time

Praise Report

  • God continues to reward our faith in His provision.
  • God comforts us in our grief and gives grace.
  • Gertrude’s mother is home with the Lord!
  • We have a great team of prayer partners.
  • We have spiritual and physical vitality.
  • Thank God for His people who give faithfully to our ministry.
  • We’re seeing translation progress although we are back to two Notsi Bible translators.
  • We rejoice that the Gospel of John, Galatians and 1 Timothy has been published!
  • We continue to enjoy reading through the Bible together in one year.
  • Introduction of a new phonics method is helping local teachers to teach reading and writing in their own languages.

Prayer Points

  • Grace and favor on our partners in Bible Translation. That’s our prayer for you!
  • Comfort for Kevin’s sister Karen, whose husband passed away on June 24th.
  • Physical and Spiritual vitality for Notsi translators as they record the Gospel of John while continuing with translating other New Testament books.
  • Kevin and Gertrude’s spiritual and physical health.
  • Family members living with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure and other ailments.
  • Committed and capable literacy teams for Notsi, Nalik, Notsi-Madak and Barok languages.
  • Salvation of unsaved relatives and re-dedication of those who have walked away from the Lord.
  • For Kevin as he works on plans to visit our partners in ministry and that we’ll have the funds needed to purchase return tickets to Papua New Guinea.
  • Spiritual growth of lay Christians among the Notsi, especially those involved in Bible translation.
  • Partners in ministry for new Wycliffe missionaries—for prayer and finances.
  • Gertrude—for grace and strength as she takes a few courses to assist in her Literacy work.
  • Safety in our travels as we travel around the country visiting family and partners in ministry.
  • Wisdom and proactive approach of local church leadership in appointing local people to train in Bible translation and literacy—committed people who are able to assist with Bible Translation.
  • Guest house managers to come serve long-term in PNG—especially in Kokopo and Kavieng.
  • The Notsi to purchase and read the published Scripture portions.

Reflecting on a Season of Grief

In 2014 we found ourselves grieving yet rejoicing with Notsi families as well as our own. Although our work kept us in town managing the missionary Guest House much of the time, we drove down to the village for short visits when we could.

On one occasion we arrived to find that Angela, a young woman we knew, had succumbed to cancer. I first met her when she came to our house to ask for pain medicine. In our discussions I found out that she was a seamstress. I gave her fabric to sew a ‘meri blaus’ for me but she would accept no pay for her labor. She seemed perfectly healthy at the time but months later we heard that her female relatives/friends danced around her coffin to celebrate her life.

Karen & John
Karen & John

In June, we received sad news that Kevin’s brother-in-law, John, had died suddenly. We grieve with Karen, Kevin’s sister, and family in their loss.

We continued to receive news of other dear ones who had died. I stayed in touch with my family in the USA regarding my aging mother who lived with different siblings in their homes. It seemed that she was thriving earlier in the year but in the spring her health began to wane. I recall feeling desperately far away in Papua New Guinea but as I prayed I asked the Lord for His will to be done, to ease her suffering, and for the grace to let her go.

Murilyne Garrett
Murilyne Garrett

When I received the sad news that she had passed, we grieved but not without hope. He had answered my prayer. Yes, people die every day but in 2014 it seems death came for our loved ones.

Emily Dickinson wrote,

Because I could not stop for death
He kindly stopped for me
The carriage held but just ourselves
And immortality.

Mrs. Yvonne Chase
Mrs. Yvonne Chase

And so it was with Angela and three loved ones in our families. John, Kevin’s brother-in-law, passed in June; Gertrude’s Mother passed in early September and a dear friend to Kevin, Mrs. Chase, passed a few weeks later. We grieve but not as ones without hope. God has put in us the love of life and activity but He has also numbered our days on this earth. In Christ, we have hope of eternal life.

In times like these, friends and family ask us, “When are you coming home from the mission field for good?” My prayer is that God will show us when our work in PNG is done. Then, we will come home for good!

—Gertrude

October Prayer Update

Dear Friends and Prayer Partners,

Kevin & Gertrude hold Notsi Scripture
Kevin & Gertrude hold Notsi Scripture

Thanks so much for your prayers over the past few weeks. Kevin and I are so grateful to be home during this sad time for my family. We praise God for the wonderful homegoing celebration for my mother in early September. In the meantime, we’ve been residing at the family home in Longview in East Texas and spending time with family. We praise God for godly parents who are with the Lord now.
And we praise the Lord for you who have prayed with us through this latest course of events.

Kevin continues to communicate with the Notsi Bible translators, who continue with the work in our absence. Please continue to pray for

  1. Health and wellbeing of Gertrude’s siblings after the long period of caregiving.
  2. Shirley Taupis and Wesley Kurang—that they will make good progress in drafting, editing and checking Notsi Scriptures.
  3. Greater participation of the Notsi Community in the translation process and their use of published Notsi Scriptures.

In His Service,

Gertrude and (for Kevin) Nicholas