I have been a VERY lame creative blogger lately. It has been a busy month of May with school ending and all that entails. Read this hilarious blog for EXACTLY how I felt and I only have 3 kids! Then June is about adjusting of the schedules for summer.... So today just for you all, I will be crafting while my kids entertain themselves constantly telling me they are bored. I have fabulous new SU! product and I am dying to show them to you with fabulous projects ideas and new classes.
Until then enjoy my new favorite song. Reminds me of my dad when he woke me up just to watch the stars shot across the sky... Karl and I saw her at our favorite venue on Sunday. Amazing live preformer!
Last night, at our small group, we had the opportunity to hear from two amazing missionaries. This couple has been in the mission field with Wycliff Bible Translators for three years. Carl and Carol Luther (enter their name to find support link) came to tells us how things are going. Carl was a physicians in the U.S. and felt called to serve as a missionary. They are now in Papua New Guinea serving the expatriates working with Wycliff and the natives of PNG. There are approximately 600 expatriates who are there to teach, minister and translate the Bible into native languages.
Here is the part that fascinated me. There are over 600 languages on just half this island. Not dialects or regional accents, 600 languages! So there you can see the struggle Wycliff has to translate the Bible from Hebrew and Greek into those languages. It took 36 years just to translate the New Testament into one of these languages. Why so long? Why don't they just teach them English to read? It takes so long because those translating may get sick, as you can imagine the environment, and have to leave the field. When they leave, they leave behind their years of native language training. A new translator must learn the language before they begin the work of Bible translating. To answer the question about teaching them English. People understand the written Word better in their own language. Carl gave an example of a man who could speak English and heard John 3:16, but when he read and heard it in his own language he understood it better. It is important for those who have a culture and a life based around the nuances of their language to hear God's word in that language.
With so many languages you may wonder how they communicate with other villages? They speak a Pidgin to with each other. This language, however, only has 4,000 words. You can imagine God's word would also be less understood in a common language like this that is only used for trade.
Carl also talk about the living and health issues for these people. They live on basically a $1 a day. To send a child to school requires $75 a year. So you can see that even educating the people of PNG is difficult. Most only have a 3rd grade education. That is not a U.S. version of 3rd grade, but PNG version of 3rd grade.
Wycliff is making an effort to educate adults so they can begin to be Bible translators themselves for their language. There is another difficulty in that, the curriculum is hard to come by. First a written form of their language must be developed then, that in turn, must be made into curriculum. These adults have to learn to read their language and then learn English and then use all that to become translators. The effort of this truly amazes me!
On the healthcare side of things, the expatriates if they become seriously ill, are flown 5 hours away to Cairns, Australia. A over $3000 option not available for natives. Remember that $1 a day? also it would take them 6 months to get a Visa to even enter Australia. As Carol said, it is like flying them to the moon. The hospitals in PNG are apparently horrific. Most hospitals close their door because the workers sometimes wait 6 months to get paid.
Currently the clinic serves both expatriates and natives of the country. They are currently down to one expatriate nurse. They currently have a need for nurses and teachers, prayer and financial support. My hope is to put this out there for anyone who would like to serve there or support financially. I have a link to Wycliff and directly to Carl and Carol's (enter their name to find donation link) donation site. Please join them in prayer and if possible financial support.
This information, I am sure, is not complete in everything that Carl and Carol shared. They took 20 minutes to present a PowerPoint and gave us all some highlights. I hope that what I have shared is accurate. I know there is also so much more about PNG and Wycliff I am missing. My hope is the main message of God's word reaching those who need it are clear. As Carl said, it is amazing to see the people running to Jesus in PNG and now spending time in England and the U.S. how it is visible to see people running from Jesus. He attended St. Paul's Cathedral on a Sunday to find 60 people attending. It can hold 3,500 people. . .
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this. :)
I am so excited to be featured on Paper Crafter's Library today. Today they are featuring project for Dad's. If you haven't prepared for that special Dad in your life, be sure to check out all the fabulous ideas!
Happy June 1st to you all! This month was my selection for the "We Create" blog hop for the month of June. I choose anything for Father's day or something masculine. This is a Father's Day mini album as a Father's day gift. If you saw last month's hop I did a Mother's Day version of this project. This album has 3 pockets to place card stock inside. I used each insert as a place to put a picture of the kids and then they will write a special note to their Dad on the back.
It's here, it's here! The new 2013-2014 Annual Catalog! I love everything about this new catalog. There are fabulous projects to replicate for home decor, gift giving, card making, memory keeping. In addition to the ides, there are fabulous new In-Color Collections with coordinating, paper, ribbon and embellishments. Below are a few of my favorite.
I hope you all had a wonderful three day weekend. We started the weekend trying out a new restrant with some friends. We started a monthly dining out where one couple chooses a new place to eat. It was our choices and we chose Pago. MMMMmmmm! I think I had the best halibut of my life. So delicious, great service and wonderful conversation!
Saturday morning we worked on getting wood chips in our garden beds to keep the weeds down. Then in the afternoon we headed to our cabin int Oakley. It was the perfect temperature and not mosquitoes! It was a our first trip since the winter and everything held up pretty good. Karl did have to mess with the hot water heater and run to Home Depot to get it working.
I came across the quote. I loved what it said and it really made me look toward the future and what lays ahead. I designed the in a landscape 8 x10 format and already have it framed in my living room. It makes me happy to know that the best is yet to come!
Here are a few new downloads for you to enjoy! I am in love with the pocket cards!
If you order any product, along with a retired item, you will be entered into my Mystery Hostess contest. Go here for details and how to place your order online.
Here is a sample of this weeks newly released digital content. The photobook template is the easiest way to create a family album. Just insert you family photos and your book is ready to print. Have your family send you pictures and you can have it printed for 25% savings for your summer family reunions!
Do you need quick and easy decorations or the family reunion? The Family SPot Light Ensemble has you covered. Photo art for a frame, table tents, family recipe book, and 11 pages of party decor!