Recent Updates & Stories

At the website building workshop in Togo last month, Chabi led devotions one morning with some thoughts on II Corinthians 10:3-5:

"For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ...."

The church is challenged. If the church wants to be effective, we have to decide: do we let the world influence us, or do we influence the world. How do we fight? The Bible text says that we are human, but we do not fight in a human way…

However, we do use the internet. Personally, I do not build this website in order to show the world that our language is as good as other languages. My goal is that people find Christ. I urge you all to find strategies so that as many people as possible visit our sites – so that souls are saved.

Chabi
speaker of Nateni, a language spoken by 58,000 people in Togo
Chabi speaks Nateni, a language spoken by 58,000 people in Togo.

Thursday Island is the center for government, education, health care, shipping, power generation and commerce. Now that Coweambah has arrived, the crew is working to build on existing relationships and making new ones, which we’re praying will lead to invitations to visit the various islands.

Tomorrow, the team plans to motor to Badu island, about a four hour journey. Mike Osborn has contacted church and community leaders there. They also hope to visit key islanders on Moa island in the Kubin and St Paul communities.

Friends from Living Light Church in Cairns saying farewell before Coweambah and crew left for Thursday Island
A view of Thursday Island

Thank God for the relationships already established among people on Thursday Island and those forged during the “fly about” tour of communities last October.

Pray that God would raise up advocates who will help cultivate relationships leading to invitations for the Osborns to encourage and share the Scriptures.

Coweambah is loaded with Scripture and related media that Mike and Karen will be sharing with islanders: Yumplatok Bibles, Kala Kawaw Ya (another local language) Scripture portions, Luke and Colossians DVD’s, Christian music in their heart languages, children’s books, and more. They’ll use these to facilitate reading groups and Bible studies.

Pray that community and Church leaders will encourage the start of reading groups and Bible studies with the resources now available in the heart languages of Torres Strait islanders.

Ask God to spark interest in the hearts of the people to want to read and engage with his Word.