Rough waters are much easier to face with a good boat and safety gear.
The only way to a village might be canoeing across open ocean. Or catching a crowded, run-down boat out to an island. Most vessels don’t even have life jackets. With the right help—whether it’s a safety kit, a small boat, or a large vessel for a whole region—translation teams can stay safe on the water.
How JAARS Fits In
We visit our partners, assess their travel challenges, and help them choose the best boats for their situation. If they need a large boat, we’ll help them plan, launch, and run the program. We also teach people how to swim, use safety gear, and give first aid.
How You Can Help
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.
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.
The Coweambah and its crew are safely anchored off Thursday Island; however, some difficulties have arisen causing stress and extra work for Captain Ben and the Osborns. Multiple mechanical failures of several pieces of equipment including the brand new GPS system are among the trials.
Just as Bible translators notice that special difficulties seem to occur when their translation project is nearing completion, the Osborns and Captain Ben are going through a similar experience.
Satan is opposed to God’s purposes and he will certainly do anything to keep people from receiving and using the Bible. And that’s why Coweambah and her crew are in the Torres Strait—to help people study, apply, and experience God’s Word.
Ask God to give the Islanders a hunger for him and a desire to be in his Word. Ask God to reveal his love and transforming power to them.
Pray that God would raise up 2-3 key leaders from the Island communities to be champions for encouraging the people to engage with the Bible.
Pray for encouragement and stamina for Capt. Ben and the Osborns as they work through the difficulties they face.
Pray for JAARS President Woody McLendon who’s traveling to Australia to encourage the Osborns and Captain Ben. They’ll spend time together in prayer, consider how to find solutions, and seek discernment for the next steps.