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October 27, 2011

And they are TWO!!!

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Our twins Jacob and Jenny Beth turned two last month! So here is a pictoral review of a few highlights of their life so far…

September 15, 2009
I was 38 weeks along and had been having contractions on and off for two weeks. In fact, the doctors nearly admitted us into the hospital the week before! Thankfully, on September 15, the twins decided to join us.

Jacob Steven Scott Pehrson was born, 6 pounds 6 ounces and

Jenny Elizabeth Pehrson came six minutes later at 4 pounds 4 ounces. She spent 10 days in the NICU in order to gain weight and eat well.

Their birth announcement photo.

Jacob and Jenny Beth at 6 months

in Grandpa’s chair…

at their first birthday in PNG…

in the village…

in Ukarumpa…

Jacob, two years old…

and Jenny Beth, at two as well.

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October 24, 2011

We have internet in the jungle!

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Many of you have been praying for us to get a satellite connection (VSAT) up and running in the village. A couple of weeks ago, Kurt Metzger (far left) and Wayne Ferris (far right) came from Ukarumpa to get it set up. They are pictured above with Ben and Emil Ninkure after getting it up and running in a day and a half.

“Why do you need an internet connection out in Arop?” you might be wondering.

We need to back up translation work. When you have 11 languages saving a book like Luke, for instance, the files get HUGE. We could not do this over the radio connection. Additionally, Skype allows us to contact the village when we are not there. Consultants and advisors assist us in the translation work remotely. Also, computer support people can ‘take over’ a computer and fix it from another location. John Nystrom, our teammate in the US does this for us already.

The VSAT has already helped save the lives of a mother and her twin babies! After coming back from the village, we learned from Emil via SKYPE that an Arop woman couldn’t deliver her second baby. Ben called the hospital in Aitape, a 2.5 hour drive away from the village and connected Emil to them using Skype so that they could talk to each other. The hospital personnel sent a car out to get her right away. A week later, I was able to reach the hospital by phone and found out that although the mother and babies survived, the mother needed blood. Once again, we got on SKYPE and asked Emil to send a family member to the hospital to donate blood for her. We praise God for the life of this mother and her babies. We are grateful for the VSAT which allowed us to help them get to the hospital!

October 6, 2011

“Today, Jesus is an Onnele man!” Part 2

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As I sifted through hundreds of photos, I realized that I couldn’t tell the whole story in just one blog post. So here’s the rest of the story…

A darling child, dressed in full Onnele style.

After the speeches commenced, leaders gathered to pray over Wolwale translators Joel and Felix.

Linda, one of our literacy teachers, (right) reading to a friend while others purchase copies of Luke.

On Sunday, we celebrated with a local church. Felix had written a worship song in his own language for this occasion. His family performed it.

Sitting with my girls on the women’s side of church. What a blessing it was to be a part of this joyous occasion in Wolwale!

If you are praying for the Aitape West translation project, now is the time to ask God to use the gospel of Luke to show people that He is real. He speaks their language!  He wants to live among them and change their hearts. May they learn to love their traditional enemies and turn away from sorcery that is so prevalent. Pray that husbands will not beat their wives, as their culture allows, but they will love them as Christ loves the church. Please pray for our translators, too, that they will be godly witnesses in a spiritually dark place. Thank you!!

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October 6, 2011

“Today, Jesus is an Onnele Man!” Part 1

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 If you have been on our e-mail list, you will know that we left for the village at the beginning of September. We were uncertain if the airstrip would be cut and how it would go for Josiah in a children’s home for 1 week without us. In short, the grass was being cut as we were landing and Josiah had a great time in the hostel. I will try to fill in some of the other details later, but I thought I’d start with one of the highlights of this village stay. One of the languages we work with, Wolwale Onnele, didn’t have a Luke dedication yet. Our teammates Jessie and Beth attended six other dedications in June, while Ben was here in Ukarumpa helping teach a translator’s software (Paratext) course. We spent last weekend celebrating this milestone for the Wolwale people. A Ramu translator, Vincent, spoke the words, “Today, Jesus is an Onnele Man!” during his speech–I thought it was very fitting for this post, as the book of Luke is the first large Scripture portion that they have ever had in their language.

When our car pulled up, people were waiting for us to join the celebration.

The first item on the agenda was to decorate all the visitors. Ben is pictured here with Jacob on his back.

The dancers led us to a grandstand, where the digitaries would give speeches. My feet didn't work as well as these ladies but they didn't mind me trying to learn the steps!

Special people were chosen to perform a traditional sing sing.

It was emotionally moving when the dancers came in carrying the book of Luke and my literacy materials.

The local level government leader gave one of the first speeches.Two of my literacy teachers, Gibson and Linda, led a time of worship.

Our five kids were good sports during the four hour ceremony. Eventually we took the twins away from the grandstand because they were too distracting.

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