Story by Karen Weaver, Photo by Ben Pehrson
Nestled in the Aiyura valley, there is a branch headquarters an organization for Bible translation in Papua New Guinea. On any given weekday, a visitor will find men and women being trained in Bible translation methods and others checking and revising Scripture translations. They will most likely also find one or two teams in the midst of typesetting the New Testament for final printing. Surrounding them is a myriad of support people doing everything from handling shipping of goods, to teaching children in the schools, to directing finances and paying bills.
Where does the energy come from to power the computers, the electric lights, the refrigerators, etc? For the past several decades, the majority of the power for our headquarters has come from Yonki Dam, a hydroelectric plant located about 45 kilometers south of the center. In villages it comes mainly from solar, and in our regional centers it comes from the city.
However, in recent years a team of knowledgeable men been shifting the electrical supply to relying more heavily on solar power. This included installing and operating back-up batteries and generators to hold the power and to furnish power at nighttime.
Just as the computers and generators would not run without a source of energy, in the same way the men and women who sit at desks training, translating, and typesetting could not continue without prayer support. Each one is backed up by dozens, often hundreds, of people who pray specifically for their needs. (quote about being dependent on prayer.)
We are extremely grateful for those who pray. If you would like to know more specific ways to pray for people working in Papua New Guinea, you can subscribe to the PNG Prayerline. Knowing people are praying for us is what keeps us going!