Monday, April 17, 2017

Ministry Update

You may not have heard many updates about the Gwahatike translation programs on this blog but the teams have been very busy over the past months. It is an exciting time as we look forward to reaching some of the goals that we set more than two years ago! We had set as a goal two years ago to complete and print the gospel of Mark in each of the Domung, Madi and Asaro'o languages. This was an ambitious goal especially when you consider the investment that we put into training of the translation teams members. These next four months are going to be busy as we try to reach this goal before mid-August.

As we continue to work towards these goals we had a work session in Madang town in which all of the teams were able to attend. Myself and one of our colleagues went to Madang for two weeks and we had two teams come at a time to work with each of us. I trained the teams on how to use Paratext more effectively (this is the main program used on the computer to do the translation work). While I worked with one team, the other team worked with this experienced translator who was able to advise them on how to do the translation work and do some adviser level checking of the scriptures.

Madi translation team during Paratext training

Domung team during the Paratext workshop

Group photo with the Madi and Asaro'o translation teams

Asaro'o translation team hard at work
During this work session we also had a new team come from the Gwahatike language area (the original language to have Bible translation done). The Gwahatike New Testament was published in 2000. Since then, the translation work has not continued as the team members focused on helping their neighboring language groups translate the Bible. We are now exploring the possibility of starting new translation work in the Gwahatike language, possibly portions of the Old Testament.

Gwahatike team reviewing a portion of Genesis
"And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.""
Luke 24:5-7

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