Guest blog by Carol Schatz
When a young man named Demas showed up for an oral Bible storytelling workshop in Sandaun Province, Papua New Guinea, he seemed a little rough around the edges. But then so did the tiny, unkempt village he came from a day’s hike and canoe ride away. He didn’t know much about the Bible, but he was willing to learn, and he was willing to ask for prayer for the struggles in his life.
At the workshop Demas studied Bible stories from Genesis. Working with five others who spoke his mother tongue, Mamhoaf, he translated the stories and learned to tell them effectively. All Scripture leads to Christ, and as the days went by, his understanding of the Good News began to grow. One evening toward the end of the course, he asked Jesus into his life.
The Luang people live on a small island far out in the seas of Southeast Asia and remember what it was like when the Bible was a closed book to them. And they remember when the New Testament was translated and the Book was finally opened. Continue reading
Dallas and I had a very brief visit last week from a longtime friend (our friendship dates back to high school, college to present day). He’s writing a book and, for some reason, wanted to talk with us about our walk toward a career focused on overcoming the injustice of Bible poverty—that’s another blog for another time.
Revisiting a period of our lives from 30+ years ago was surprisingly refreshing (who doesn’t like talking about themselves!). After he left, Dallas and I reflected on the comfort of those relationships we made in those early years, and that we still treasure.
The walk through these memories and decisions we made that still shape our lives today, while refreshing, served also as a reminder of a sometimes tumultuous period of our lives. Continue reading
In America today we have a dilemma. We are living with the painful contradiction between our ideals as Americans that stand juxtaposed against the deep injustices and inequalities that the nation is stuck in. Our ideals—the essential dignity of the individual human being, the fundamental equality of all men, women and children who have inalienable rights to freedom, justice, and a fair opportunity—represent to us the essential meaning of the nation’s early struggle for independence. Our ideals are rooted in the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights. Striving to achieve these ideals is our tradition. Continue reading
QUECHUA CLUSTER PROJECT
MARGOS, HUAMALIES, HUAYLAS, NORTH CONCHUCOS, AND SOUTH CONCUCHOS LANGUAGES; PERU (970,000)*
Differences between languages in a cluster project can sometimes result in humorous mistakes. Acts 9:25 records Paul being lowered down a city wall in a basket. Some Quechua translations in the project add a word meaning “in order to escape.”
During a translation check, a representative of one of the languages pointed out that this word, in his language, could indicated that Paul was in the basket “to give birth!” Continue reading
Dr. Barry Black set an inspirational and optimistic tone in his address (read ‘sermon’) this morning at the 24th Annual Pappy Kennedy Prayer Breakfast in Orlando on Martin Luther King Day. Continue reading