My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
This month we’re asking God to guide us as we create and empower Papua New Guineans to use an elementary curriculum in their local language. We’ve been working on this project for many years with many different people putting their mark on it, and last month we celebrated the completion of translating the second year of the curriculum into the La’o language!
The importance of mother tongue education has been proven the world over as the best way to engage children in school. We’ve seen this firsthand as we work to record the Mborena Kam New Testament. We started with three young men. When we saw how well they were doing we added three more. Since then whenever one was sick or couldn’t participate, another was sent in his place. Each new participant came with an unusually high level of reading skills and was able to plug in rather quickly. PBT missionaries helped start a mother tongue school in their area over twenty years ago. We’re now seeing the fruit of that school as a carousel of young men roll through the office, each capable of reading God’s Word in their language.
Please pray with us that God will use us and local teachers to empower new generations with education. Pray these children will be impacted by the power of God’s Word as they read, transforming their lives and their communities.