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Cogley Newsletter April 2018

 

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An Update from the Allen’s in Amdu

Translation Check Update

 

               Thank you for praying for our team as we hit another milestone here in Amdu – our very first Bible translation check!  Our consultant Jason was here with us for about 3 days and during that time he was able to officially check 9 chapters – 4 chapters in Genesis that Bart had done, as well as 3 chapters in Exodus and 2 chapters in Numbers that our teammates Benjamin and Missy had done.  All of this was part of the training to officially get the go-ahead to become approved translators.  Our consultant was encouraged with how well the check went!  

We’ll give you an idea of how the process worked.  Our consultant would ask Bart to read a chunk of the text that he had translated into Amdu.  The Amdu guys helping (who had not previously heard the translated material) listened and then told our consultant in Melanesian Pidgin (the trade language here in PNG) what they heard.  It was pretty neat to see how they could listen to large chunks and be able to very accurately retell what they had heard.  That shows us that the translation was very natural to them, and therefore easily understood!! 

Jason had lots of good advice for us and was able to answer many questions we had about the whole translation process.  We are very thankful for his experience and expertise in this area!  There were only a few places in the text where corrections needed to be made for accuracy.  Those have been completed, and we now have 9 chapters of the Bible officially translated into the Amdu language!  However, there is much more to go!

 

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     Our consultant Jason, Bart and 3 Amdu guys during the translation check

 

Change of Plans

 

            If you’ve been reading our updates for very long, you might have noticed that we often have to be flexible.  While we do our best to plan ahead and project wisely for the future, sometimes the Lord changes those plans.  We didn’t know how long it would take our team to learn this language.  But it’s quite a difficult one and it ended up taking longer than we expected.  Now that we are past the official language and culture learning stage, we have moved into the phase of teaching literacy and beginning translation.  Up ahead is being able to teach God’s Word to our Amdu friends – beginning with the beginning of His story and leading up to the amazing news of the Savior through whom they can be made right with God and then beyond into learning about the Christian life and walking with the Lord.  And somewhere in there, we have to fit in a furlough.

               Our goal had been to remain here in PNG until after the initial chronological Bible teaching (which takes about 4 months) and return home in the summer of 2019.  However, as we looked as a team at the timeline, it was becoming apparent that we would have to adjust things.  So, to get right to the big news, we are going to be taking our furlough a bit earlier – heading back to the US sometime this summer!  By the time we leave, we will have been back from our last furlough for 3 ½ years so it’s not very early in that respect.  It’s just earlier than we had planned in the timeline of the work here – before we are able to do the Bible teaching.  Our teammates the Hatton’s have been back in PNG for just over 2 years and had already planned to leave for their furlough in May.  As we look at all that is ahead in the ministry here, we have come to the conclusion that it would be better for both of us to take overlapping furloughs and be able to be here on the ground together for the initial Bible teaching as well as the discipleship that will need to follow. 

               However, this is a big change in our plans, so we have had to add “furlough planning” and all that entails (figuring out dates, buying tickets, finding a place to live and a vehicle, etc.) to our already full schedule of working hard on Bible translation.  This is a very recent development so we are still in the midst of thinking through and working out details.  Because of the amount of work that we will still have to do on Bible translation in preparation for the chronological Bible teaching (that we plan to begin later in 2019), we will not be taking a full furlough.  Please pray for us as we have many big decisions to make in a short amount of time!

 

               Thank you for praying for us as we trust the Lord with this change of plans.  Feel free to write with any questions you may have.  We might not know the answers yet, but you’re welcome to ask! 

 

For His glory,

Bart and Emily

 

Tribal Church Planters

Amdu Tribe, Papua New Guinea

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Missionary Bart Allen Update!

Hello Friends,

 

In our last update we shared that our first translation check was coming up.   For months now we have been pushing hard toward this day – and it is finally here!!

 

When our consultant arrives later today, the checks will begin and continue through Thursday afternoon.  The evaluation time will involve an overall comprehension check of each passage and then an in-depth verse-by-verse check as well. 

 

Countless hours of work have already gone into this process for each passage, sometimes alone but most often working very closely with an Amdu helper – drafting, checking, recording, checking, making corrections, checking some more, testing comprehension, making more corrections, checking again…  But as new translators, we know we still have much to learn.  Our consultant is very experienced, and we look forward to the wisdom and advice that he will be able to pass on to us. 

 

Please pray for our team, our consultant and our translation helpers over the next few days.  Bart has 4 chapters in Genesis that will be checked.  Our teammates have 3 chapters in Exodus and 2 chapters in Numbers being checked.  This is all a part of our training to become approved translators.

 

Last year at this time we were still in the trenches of culture and language learning.  Since then all four of us on the team have finished formal culture and language learning (although of course we are still learning!). The first literacy class has graduated, and the second one is in progress and going very well.  And now with this translation check, we are one step closer to having the first portions of Scripture in the Amdu language.  But just having Scripture available is not the goal.  We are working towards chronologically teaching our Amdu friends God’s Truth from the beginning – building a foundation for them to be able to understand all of God’s message of salvation!  That day is getting closer all the time, but there is still much work to be done in preparation.  Please continue to pray for our team as we make decisions and plan for the coming months. 

 

Thank you for praying with us and rejoicing in these milestones!  We are grateful for the larger team that is a part of the ministry in Amdu through prayer, financial support and encouragement.  Thank you!!

 

All for His glory,

Bart and Emily

 

 

Amdu Tribe

Papua New Guinea

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A Baptist Mid-Missions Update from Paul and Elaine Kintner – April 2018

Paul and Elaine Kintner
April 2018

 

“For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:11-12.

 

                What a beautiful season of the year! We are reminded of the Lord’s mercies toward us through the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord. I was reminded recently that the expression “east to the west” is infinite, in contrast to “north and south” which are definable and have their limits.

 

                Paul did a lot of traveling, north, south, east and west last month, reason which accounts for not get a letter out. Two trips to Miami airport to take his brother Dave and wife to and from Brazil; another trip to Miami to deliver 20+ boxes of EBI material to port for Honduras; a trip to Tennessee (accompanied by his brother Steve) to deliver 35 boxes of books that eventually go to Mexico; then over to Winston-Salem, NC to preach at the 12th anniversary of the Hispanic church; then a day trip to Alabama to pick up 20 boxes of Spanish Hymnals which will go to Peru, and finally another trip to Miami with 15 boxes for Ecuador. Total travel, over 3,300 miles! He loves to deliver EBI materials which eventually are used in churches throughout Latin America.

 

                We have had many new neighbors this winter from up north and enjoyed their fellowship. Some have decided to buy in to the village either as winter residents or full timers. We also have enjoyed three Bible conferences and three concerts which are a blessing, as well as the regular services each week. Elaine has taught the ladies Sunday School class twice as substitute, and continues playing piano at a nursing home service twice each month as well as her ministry in the local jail twice each month. The prison ministry with Hispanics is growing, and Paul also preaches in English one Sunday a month in the worship hour.

 

                The schedule for our trip north in June and part of July is filling, and we’re looking forward to visiting several churches. We still have June 17th open and will be in the New York area at that time Lord willing.

 

Praises                                                                                             Prayer requests

Safe travels                                                                                     Men and women we minister to in jail, prison

Rich Bible conferences                                                                  Boxes being shipped to countries arrive complete

Good general health                                                                       Upcoming dental and hearing needs

                                                                                                               

Thank you all for your prayers and support. We are blessed to able to serve the Lord in these areas, because of you!

 

In His service,

 

Paul and Elaine



Praying in the Lyons’ Den – April 2018 Prayer Letter

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An Update from Bart and Emily Allen

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Bart and a translation helper working on the Joseph story in Genesis.
For the last 3 weeks our family has been in town for our annual regional conference and for standardized testing for our boys. The Lord has given us many blessings and has refreshed us to go back to Amdu. 

Bart has been working on translating 8 chapters in Genesis in preparation for our very first translation check.  In less than a month, one of our translation consultants will be flying to Amdu to officially check all the Scripture portions that our team has ready.  We still have some work to do before he comes, but it is very exciting to be at this point. 

The first literacy class graduated in February and continues to meet once a week so the students can improve their reading speed and comprehension.  The second literacy class is underway and doing well!

Please pray for our team as we press forward with literacy and Bible translation.  Thanks for your part in the Amdu work through your prayer.  We are thankful for you!

The Amdu team – March 2018
 
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A Spring Update from the Berg’s

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