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,

Throughout July we’re praying that God will show communities how to support their translators and vernacular schools; that He will motivate and empower them to do so; and that He will show us our part in this.

When translators and teachers embark on their monumental tasks, they leave unattended their land and gardens. Working those gardens provides food for their families. The choice these men and women are making is equivalent to the family breadwinner opting out of a paycheck, and instead choosing to do ministry for the local church or community. It’s scary, it’s a leap of faith.

We pray that the communities these people serve through their work will come alongside them by helping their families. We pray they will encourage them as they struggle through the ups and downs of the new work they have taken on. We pray they will find a myriad of other ways to strengthen the work that we don’t (or can’t) see.

Please pray with us that God would guide the communities we work with by putting on their hearts ways to encourage the translators and teachers. They are on the front lines of ministry in their communities and are totally relying on God.

Brian Paris, Branch Director