Recent Updates & Stories
In February, John Pepper, traveled to Cote d’Ivoire to provide rider safety and maintenance training for eight translation team members who will be using motorcycles to accomplish their daily work. Our sincere thanks to everyone who prayed and gave, providing the needed resources to meet their transportation needs. Now these Bible translators have access to more independent travel within their project areas.
Through God’s provision and our partnership with AuSIL, a solid foundation for the new Scripture engagement initiative in the Torres Strait Island region is in place. In the first six months, the crew of the Coweambah established important relationships with Islander church and civic leaders while promoting the newly printed Scriptures in languages of the Torres Strait.
The growing interest among Islanders for using the Yumplatok New Testament is encouraging. There’s also a growing desire to use the Yumplatok Scriptures as a tool to accelerate translation into the actual heart languages of the Torres Strait. We praise God for all that’s been accomplished during the first phase of this project!
That said, operating in the Torres Strait for just six months has given us the chance to better understand both the opportunities and challenges that exist. In collaboration with AuSIL, we’ve decided to take some time to evaluate the situation and better equip ourselves to engage in the Torres Strait … and perhaps beyond into areas like the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. After laying a solid foundation for ongoing impact, but with several of these questions in mind, our program managers have also decided to take a new assignment with Wycliffe US.
So, while Scripture engagement and even additional heart language translation is underway in the Islands, “on-the sea” operations are currently on hold while we work with AuSIL to pray, assess, and plan the best next steps. We appreciate your prayers for the next phase of the program.
Ask God to reveal his love and transforming power to the people of the Torres Strait.
Praise God for the relationships built by Coweambah’s crew and the progress made in a relatively short time.
Pray for AuSIL and JAARS leadership as they fine-tune plans for Scripture distribution and engagement in the Torres Strait and nearby regions.