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,

Sometimes I look at language maps of Papua New Guinea and I think, “Lord, how are you going to do it?” There is just so much work to do! When you’re part of an organization with “Bible Translators” in the name, it’s easy to focus too much on the Bible translation process. We start to ask the question, “How are we going to translate all these Bibles?” In reality, what we desire is to see so much more than that. We want to see every person engaging with Him through His Word regardless of language.

This month we are praying for a revival in the Lower Ramu region. The Aruamu language will have a complete Bible soon. The Kire have a complete New Testament. The Mborena Kam are close to completing their New Testament, and some of the other languages have portions. But access to the Bible doesn’t mean PBT is done. We will keep working with communities until the local church is using God’s Word to grow.

This is why we are praying for revival in this area, and we already see how God is moving! The Aruamu have started a locally run Bible College to train Aruamu men to be missionaries. Two Kire men are in the office right now being trained to run courses in Kire villages that will teach people to start Bible reading groups. The Mborena Kam people are showing a renewed interest in their New Testament as the dedication gets closer. Please join with us and pray that God’s Spirit would continue to move in this region to bring transformation to Lower Ramu communities!

Brian Paris, Branch Director