Kala Gospel of Mark Dedication

Story: Mitchell & Janeen Michie
Photos: Janeen Michie

The Kala people recently dedicated the Gospel of Mark in print and audio format in the Kala Laugui dialect. Pastor Hosea encouraged the translators and talked about the value of the translation for the people. The three main churches from the area joined the celebration and prayed a blessing on the Scripture and audio recorders.

Children eagerly gathered around to watch picture Bible story videos in their language on a cell phone.

The men and women were emotional as they read and listened to the Gospel of Mark in their language. An elderly lady shared that it meant a lot to her that her people now had their first gospel.

More than a Computer Teacher

Story: Karen Weaver
Photos: Karen Weaver & Helen Sahl

After spending 15 years teaching computers at a university in Scotland, Bob was thankful to move to Papua New Guinea where he can use his experience by teaching computer skills to high schoolers. The parents of his students fly airplanes, work in the medical clinic, teach school, record Scripture, repair computers, maintain solar panels, translate the Bible into minority languages, and a host of other jobs.

Bob teaches the teenagers basic skills such as typing and creating documents in Word and Publisher, along with more advanced topics such as writing a website and computer programming.

But for Bob, living in Papua New Guinea is not only about teaching school. He also rubs shoulders with the local people by walking across the river to church on Sundays, chatting with PNG co-workers at his school, and visiting his adopted village during school breaks. Recently he was able to deliver to his village friends a box of Audibibles, which play Scripture in their local language and can be recharged in the sun.

Bob says, “It is a joy to be able to minister both to the students and to the local people here. It is such a privilege to be able to visit my adopted village and be treated as part of the clan. Through it all I hope and pray that individuals are being brought closer to Christ.”