Archive for June, 2015
Good News – Kwaio NTs

They got it! They get it! They have it! Access! Last year there was a celebration for the New Testament completion in the Kwaio language here on Malaita Island in the Solomons. David, the local, man who led the process and assisted by Wycliffe advisor Julie, began the project back in 2003.

Just like in the recorded battle David vs Goliath, God gave him the strength to get the job done. Next on David’s agenda, complete the Old Testament in Kwaio. Pray for him, please!

The people here really wanted the gospel in their own language and God put it on David’s heart, along with a few other local men, to get it done. Now they have it in print. There is a solid following of Christ Jesus here and you can see the Holy Spirit working with in the local community leaders to preserve their culture by preserving their language and community.

Like EVERYWHERE, the young adults and youth are being distracted and influenced by the pressures of this world and EVERYTHING that comes with it. YES, even here in remote area of the Solomon Islands.

We are in the midst of a two week support ministry by traveling here and assisting in the delivery of Kwaio New Testaments to coastal villages and into the hands of Pastors and others who desire them. All schools in the Solomon’s, like Papua New Guinea, teach about Christ. Schools cover English but local language is regarded with high priority for many reasons. It is especially important that local leaders (men and women) have the bible in their Tok Tok (local language), not English, Latin, Greek or some other dialect that does not speak to their hearts.

Just like in the time right after Christ rose to heaven, as promised, at Pentecost it happened and the Spirit of God descended upon the first disciples and Jerusalem where people from every culture were present for the festival. And in that time, when the disciple Peter opened his mouth speaking to the crowd, they heard the testament of Christ and this prophecy foretold by the prophet Joel, each in their own Tok Tok; an amazing documented and true story. See Acts chapter 2 and research the historical aspects of this event during Roman occupation of this great city.

Here before our eyes and hearts, this effort continues and the commission of Christ is being fulfilled: That every nation (people group) hear the Good News and thereafter having the opportunity to choose to believe, He will return.

The trip was challenging in that this area is on the open ocean side of Malaita Island. Heavy trade winds pushing against us made a 3 hour trip into 10 hours. By grace, perseverance and a powerful diesel engine, we made it, participating in community meetings with elders and leaders. After several more visits early next week up the coast (south for us northern hemisphere people), we will complete our time here, heading back to Honiara for refueling and provisioning.

Plenty is happening, more to come. Blessings to you for your support and prayer for this maritime ministry and our family!

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There is this place…

It is in the Nggela group of the Solomon Islands (the N is silent). A safe haven is a good way to describe what is here; not only from weather, wind, and waves. We are traveling on our way to the east side (open ocean) of the large Island of Malaita to help local translator David distribute the New Testament bibles in toktok – local dialect.

This place is home of the Gela language and a very nice community that wants to have people visit. In the photo Headman John (The Chief) is bringing us a customary coconut drink ordained with hibiscus flowers and bamboo straws.

His extended family and community are building customary huts and other facilities for visitors to come and visit to learn about the local culture and enjoy the beauty surrounding this area. Later we will post more pictures on Facebook; for now you get one due to our limited satellite phone connection.

Also in the area are great snorkeling, scuba and a local ship wreck from the year 2000 named World Discoverer. See if you can find it on GOOGLE.

Later in June they are having the annual festival for culture and arts. This event began around 4 years back and has become an event from which people come from Honiara as well as sailboats from around the world.

Our time on shore yesterday was very rewarding and we hope to make is back by 27 June to participate in the event. As always our schedule is weather dependent.

Today we will depart around 2pm local in order to make the overnight run to Sinala Bay, east side Malaita Island to find David. This run is 109 NM and takes us down, err, up the windward side. It is described as UP because you must remember we are down under, so up is south. It’s hard to figure.

It is important for us to round the north end between midnight and 2am where, hopefully, the trade winds and seas have diminished. We should be in the bay by 9am before the winds turn back on my mid-morning.

Join us in prayer for a safe journey and productive time with David. And for the community here in Roderick Bay for blessings on their effort for providing a safe and welcoming place. In Christ, Amen

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Honiara

We have been in the capitol for one week now. This is the base operations for the Wycliffe local team under SITAG (Solomon Islands Translation Advisory Group). There are at least 74 distinct language groups in this country alone.

While transiting through this area we offered to assist in any specialized transportation needed. Today we are wrapping up re-provisioning after meetings this week revealed several key projects for us to accomplish in the outer islands. First there is a key meeting of elders on Malaita Island to the east. A local man (David) will deliver New Testaments to three areas with our assistance and attend the meeting. Upon completion we will return to Honiara in a few weeks and re-provision again to deliver a family to their assignment in the western province islands area.

PNG is having a management change over and asked that we arrive sometime later in July. Spending this time here with the SITAG team looks like it will be useful and rewarding.

Honiara is the site of the Guadalcanal battle in WWII. There is much pride here concerning the assistance local men gave to the Allied and US Forces. They are known as the Coast Watchers.

Join us in thankfulness for the people of the Solomon Islands and their walk in Faith.

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Solomon Sea Sunrise

Sunrise over the Solomon Sea. God that’s beautiful!

Solomon was heir to the throne, third King of Israel. At a young age, knowing he was to be king, Solomon had the good sense to know he needed wisdom. When God told him he could ask for anything he wished and would receive it….Solomon asked for Wisdom.

It is clear that God’s gift did not mean Solomon would not make mistakes. After all he is only human! Wisdom is only useful if it is put into action. By historical record Solomon was likely the wisest man who ever lived. He wrote much of the Book of Proverbs and Song of Songs; which is to tell of the love between a bridegroom and his bride, affirming the sanctity of marriage, and represents how God loves us.

Having wisdom is not enough. Learning from mistakes and not repeating those actions causing trouble is the key Solomon missed. Wisdom, knowledge and understanding mean little without the will to change and grow, thus his downfall. At the end of the day, Solomon’s life is marked by not following the best advice given to him.

We thank God for each new day and the chance to make our lives anew, through his word.

The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out. Proverbs 18:15

The last 24 hours has brought intermittent wind and sun and squalls. As we move South through the Solomon Sea the weather is moving from SE to NW across our path. Last night we dodged 3 good sized squalls, one with lots of lightning. Seas are light from the SE giving us a fairly good ride. Wind is up and down from SE at 8 to 10 then up to 15-18 as we skirt the weather. As of this hour we are halfway there.

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Saying Polaoi (Goodbye for a long time)

Yesterday T’Max, our self-appointed guide and chauffeur picked us up at the appointed time and we made our way to shore to say goodbye, deliver the remaining gifts, and take family photos. Fortunately T’max knows everyone and speaks very good English and was able to explain many things that were happening in the village.

Women were making roofing materials, meticulously forming dried leaves around a single stick and then punching holes in the correct places and then running through skewer-type sticks to hold everything together. As the families return from the outer islands where they have been fishing and gathering sea cucumbers, their in-village replacement roofs were being prepared. Several men were working on outboard engines while other women and children were gathered in a meeting house for bible study. With the end of harvesting sea cucumbers many were relaxing and socializing. A band of children were following us around, giggling and hiding when we turned around to look at them. Gina finally coaxed the over for a photo!

Everyone greeted us warmly as we meandered through the town pathways. Our new friends Walter and Rose offered us fresh coconut water, which is hard to resist as well as far healthier than gatorade. They are so plentiful here; when we tell them we don’t have these where we are from, they can hardly believe it.

Today, we weigh anchor and head to Honiara, Guadalcanal. Our faithful crew member Thom needs to make his way back home to Spokane, Washington. We will meet with some SIL/Wycliffe folks in Honiara to assist with their needs before continuing our journey on to PNG. This leg is about 250 miles and will take around 48 hours to make the journey. We appreciate your continued prayers for safe travels!

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