Unexpected Blessing

Water tanks from US-AID
Water tanks from US-AID

For years we have been asking you to pray for rain to keep our water tank full. Our tank was one of the few in the village so we would allow people to come and fill water bottles so they could have drinking water. Anytime our tank was close to empty the Lord would send rain to fill it. We continue to be grateful for a second water tank near the church which helped during the 2015 drought.


While we were away US AID set up five 9,000 liter (2,378 gal) in the village. This means that there will be less demand on our water tank and all the more water for everyone in the village. Lossu is only one of three different villages that received these water tanks. We know that this was a blessing from the Lord because of your prayers for us.

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.

Celebrating Dr. Eddie B. Lane

TheLanesAs I was graduating from high school one of my prayers was to know God better. I believe that God placed Rev. & Mrs. Eddie B. Lane and the Bibleway Church in my life to steer me through the challenges of my young Christian life and even as I grew in faith. Through the Lanes’ ministry of preaching, teaching the Word, exhorting, rebuking, and discipleship, the Holy Spirit could do His work making God known to me. For these blessings, I will forever be grateful.

Through the years, I have experienced the great love of God as Dr. Lane showed us how to love family, and others in the body of Christ. Like me, the members of Bibleway Bible Church experienced a very personal and close relationship with our pastor. He knew us as individuals and showed himself to be a true shepherd and minister of the Gospel. He was a passionate prayer champion who truly taught us how to intercede for others and expect answers.

He was truly human and because he suffered much in his lifetime, I suppose that is why he could comfort others so well in their struggles. He could be gentle and he could speak the truth with authority. Dr. Lane was a wise and discerning spiritual father to me and to many, many others. I think I can speak on their behalf when I say, “Thank you God for the great work you have done through your servant, Dr. Eddie B. Lane.” To God be the glory!

—Gertrude

Remembering Rev. Lane

It was only a month after first meeting Gertrude that I met Rev. & Sister Lane at a conference in Maryland outside Washington, D.C. Little did I realize the impact that this man of God would have on my life. The first event occurred six months later when he performed the marriage ceremony for Gertrude and me.

RevLaneA few years later as we were living in Orlando, and traveling around the country to share about the work of Wycliffe Bible Translators, I began to think about going to seminary. I thought I could go to one of the seminaries in Orlando part time while I continued my work with Wycliffe. Since Dr. Lane was at Dallas Seminary I thought I would ask him about what he thought. He would not hear of me going anywhere but Dallas Seminary. So I sent my application in and to my surprise I was accepted. A few months later Gertrude and I were packing up house and moving to Dallas, TX.

As I started at the seminary, Dr. Lane retired from the seminary. I was sorry that he would not be there as I started, but he was always available to encourage me. I remember sitting down with him and telling him what courses I was taking and who I had for professors. He was always keen to know what was happening at the seminary. He had been there for over thirty years starting as a student and retiring after being the Dean of Minority Students. There are many pastors that have been under his tutelage who are serving around the world today and could share much the same testimony that Gertrude and I share about him.

How he loved the Lord and desired to see all those that he served to have the same love and devotion to the Him. As the Apostle Paul said, “As I imitate Christ imitate me,” so Dr. Lane, by his life, has modeled the same principle.

—Kevin

Here is what has been posted about Dr. Lane other websites

Dallas Theological Seminary

Wycliffe Bible Translators

The Notsi Translation

PShaw

It has been so good to be back to Papua New Guinea. In September, as Gertrude went to Ukarumpa to work in the Literacy and Education Office, I went to NITI (The New Ireland Translation Institute). I was so pleased to see the progress that the translation team has been making on the translation while I have been away. It is wonderful to say that they have finished the first draft of the New Testament. We still have a very long way to go, but the team is has grown from two when we left to five. It is because of your prayers for them that they have worked through their problems to return to the work. Thanks so very much.

During the month we started the review of the book of Acts and we finished going through the first 14 chapters. Presently they are village checking these chapters for clarity and accuracy of the translation.

We are also starting to bring together a group of people who will work with us to dub The Jesus Film which we hope to start working on early next year.
Gertrude and I plan to return to the village in November, and if we have the water we need, we will continue working through the Book of Acts to review and edit it and prepare the rest of it for village checking.

Many of you have prayed for Paul Shaw. Here he is with me working on the translation. It was so good to have him back. Thanks for your prayers.

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.