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Papua New Guinea

One Little Letter
One Little Letter

Baby Steps A Bible translator in Papua New Guinea spends his or her early years becoming a child again. Or so it seems. Most of us arrive here having spent the better part of our lives getting an education. When we move to a rural village, though, we essentially...

Oh, Sorry!
Oh, Sorry!

It was Friday afternoon at the end of a long week. The air was deadly calm, so thick you could cut it with a knife, as the seven of us sat in a tiny room in a village house in Papua New Guinea. Every day, from early morning until late afternoon and even some evenings,...

Choosing Loneliness
Choosing Loneliness

I was sitting on a woven mat in a bamboo-walled house with other people who were talking in a language I did not know. I had no idea what they were talking about, so not surprisingly, I felt a bit lonely. Another time I was conversing with people in a language we all...

Thursday Prayer Focus
Thursday Prayer Focus

Urgent Recruitment Needs In Luke 10, before Jesus sent out the 72 disciples, He told them that the harvest was plentiful, but the workers were few. Then He instructed them to ask the Lord of the Harvest to send out more workers. God wants us to ask Him to send out...

Transformed Lives: Fibi’s Faith and Faithfulness
Transformed Lives: Fibi’s Faith and Faithfulness

Fibi has had a hard life. As an Apal-speaking woman living in a small village tucked deep inside Papua New Guinea’s tropical rainforest, she is accustomed to the challenges of daily life. Yet it seems that she has experienced more than her share of hardship. Fibi...

An Angry Rampage, a Severe Injury, and an Unexpected Outcome
An Angry Rampage, a Severe Injury, and an Unexpected Outcome

2011 I had just arrived in the village of Angguna to work alongside my teammate Martha Wade for several weeks. During my first night there, panicked people brought a child to Martha’s house. He was slumped over, and his head was bleeding. In the cacophony of...

Holiness is Like a Peanut Butter Jar
Holiness is Like a Peanut Butter Jar

What is holiness? Is it purity? Being set apart? Or is it being chosen, dedicated, or sanctified? Holiness is all of these, and how these aspects interconnect can be illustrated with a story about a peanut butter jar.  In Papua New Guinea we used lots of matches....

Icons and Inscriptions
Icons and Inscriptions

Checks and Balances The air conditioner gently hummed behind me, making a valiant effort to cool the room and remove some of the 95% humidity of Madang, Papua New Guinea. I sat at one corner of a conference table, staring into my laptop screen, comparing what I was...

The Word Uncovered
The Word Uncovered

“She gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in cloths, and laid him in a manger — there was no room for them to stay in the inn.” (Luke 2:7 GNT) The Christmas story from Luke 2 seemed to be a reasonable place to begin translating God’s Word into the Apal language....

Thursday Prayer Focus
Thursday Prayer Focus

It was Christmas Eve. I wasn’t in much of a holiday mood, though. The selection of potential gifts for our children had seemed pretty sparse in the local shops. Our artificial Christmas tree looked so pathetic cowering in its corner, and the abundant ornaments hanging...

Why Were the Shepherds Watching the Sheep?
Why Were the Shepherds Watching the Sheep?

“Where did this happen?” “Near Bethlehem.” “What kind of place is Bethlehem?” “A small village.” “What appeared in the sky?” “An angel.” Christmas was approaching, and the Apal people were about to hear Luke’s account of Jesus’ birth in their own language for the...

Intrusion? Or Mercy?
Intrusion? Or Mercy?

Our God is merciful. Every day He lovingly provides for the needs of His children. With the unusual situations they face, missionaries are in a position to be keenly aware of these daily mercies. Martha Wade is a Bible translator in Papua New Guinea. The village where...