Note from the Director

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.

John 17:20-23

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Brian and his wife, Hannah, came to Papua New Guinea as a family in 2011. Brian earned his master’s degree focusing on sociolinguistics and served as a language surveyor, assessing translation needs. After several years in survey, he moved into his current role as Branch Director. They have two (mostly) happy toddler girls, Ray and Willa, for him to come home to each day.

 

Dear friends,

We have a Christian bookstore next door to our office. Sometimes I pop over to see what I can find. Usually I’m looking for new materials in Tok Pisin to use in Bible studies with our national coworkers, but sometimes I browse the English section to see what’s new.

Today I popped over to ask the owner a question. After getting my answer I slowly walked toward the exit allowing my eye to roam the shelves. One title caught my eye, Carpe Mañana. I was captivated by the title; Carpe Mañana, Seize Tomorrow. The idea resonated with me. It put into two simple words what I have been focusing on since becoming Director. How can PBT PNG seize tomorrow to see transformed lives come through the power of God’s Word?

For years we have prayed that God would bring us more coworkers to help us tackle the more than 80 languages left to serve here. We are beginning to see God answering that prayer, but we are also feeling the need for more space. We are getting close to max capacity, yet we know that we will need even more coworkers to come help us carpe mañana.

Please partner with us as we seek to provide housing for our current teams, as well as those coming. On our blog page one of our missionary moms writes about the importance of having a home on the field for her family (click here to read). If you feel led to partner with us to carpe mañana and reach the least and the last in PNG, click here to give online.

Brian Paris, Branch Director