pioneer bible translators [papua new guinea]
September 18, 2016 Update:
Recent story of bush life --
“Did you hear me screaming for help because of the snake?” I asked my slightly deaf neighbor and she replied, “Yes, but I wasn’t about to come down here. I don’t like snakes and I certainly couldn’t have killed one.” I had to laugh at the honesty of her reply, but it was a reminder that times had changed and I had better just learn to kill the snakes on my own rather than looking for help from neighbors.
The night before, Sipola, the girl staying with me, had made a quick trip outside and came back in sputtering. I didn’t have my glasses on so I couldn’t see what she was pointing at – finally I found my glasses and a wimpy flashlight and low and behold, there was indeed an over 6 feet long snake traveling along the arch mesh wire on the side of the house and making for the top of the wall near the roof where lots of things get in and out of the house. It was heading right for my bathroom – why do snakes and rats like bathrooms! Anyway, I started screaming “snake” and yelling for someone to come and kill it and then since it was too high to reach from outside, I took my machete to the bathroom and started pounding on the wall in the hopes of scary the snake or shaking it loose or something. By that time a couple of young women had come down to see what was happening and one of them said that she saw the snake drop and depart. The funny thing was that earlier that afternoon I had been pulling some high grass in my garden (just a few feet from that side of the house) and I kept thinking, “You know there could be a snake out here”, so I had stopped reaching down to the roots of the grass.
I don’t think it was a poisonous snake – just one of those “playful” snakes, but I still don’t want a snake in my house. My machete is now next to the toilet. Somehow being trapped in the bathroom with a snake does not sound fun, but I’ll use the blunt edge so I don’t kill my shower tray in the same way I did a couple of decades ago. If all the geckos and rats suddenly disappear from the house, I’ll know that I probably have a silent intruder. Pray that it stays hidden and then leaves without making itself known to me. What you don’t see, can’t hurt you – or so I keep telling myself.
Thanks for your emails and prayers. These have been some very busy, productive months. Please keep praying for leaders to repent and begin leading the churches again. I leave on 20 Sept in order to teach a 2 week long course for Elementary 1 Teachers in the La’o language group – a long boat trip from here. Pray that 20 teachers will show up for the course.
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% James Moore
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CFCC has partnered with Pioneer Bible Translators to translate the New Testament in the “heart language” of the Akukem people group. Ron Lewis and Larry Metcalf were honored to be invited to the celebration at the completion and delivery of the first book, the Gospel of Mark.