Archive for July, 2012

July 29, 2012

“The WORD of GOD came and reached us!”

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The village consultants (the local language experts who came to help check Acts) absorbed Biblical truth during the consultant checking. Our teammate Jessie translated their comments from Tok Pisin into English.

I love that the theological concepts I have known my whole life have become evident to these men simply by reading the book of Acts in their own language!

Pou – Bauni Language

“Through the Apostles of Christ, the Word of God came and reached us.  We are the Gentiles, but God has a plan for everyone to know him.  Jesus came and died on earth, meaning that, he took us, the Gentiles, and put us together with the Jews as one family of God.”

Barupu – Bauni Language

“We feel the sweetness of our own language and are very happy and excited about the book of Acts.  It runs very well and cries good to our ears (sounds natural).  When we go back to the village we will tell the others of the good work that the translators are doing.  THANK YOU!!!”

And another said:  “I am very happy about the work of translating the Bible into my own language.  I am somewhat knowledgeable about the Bible, but in some sections I did not understand the true meaning very well.  However, now during the checking of Acts, my eyes have been opened to understand certain parables or sections… Also, now I understand how God’s Word works, and when the checking is done and I go back to my village, I will go to bed and get up with God’s Word.  Now my eyes are open, and I no longer want to practice anything that is wrong.  I encourage our translators to do the same in their lives in order that we may show everyone else the power God’s Word has to change lives.”

Arop Language

“When we read through Acts chapters 20-28 it really challenged our lives, because of the work and life of Paul which he gave entirely to doing God’s work.  This confronted us and made us realize that we needed to change our lives to do God’s work.  Also the work that the translators are doing is very good and the translation is coming up clear in our own language and making it easy and quick to understand the meaning of God’s Word.”

Goiniri Language

“When we checked Acts chapter 20-28, we found Paul’s story and mission work very interesting and challenging. The Gospel had come to the non-Jews and this is what saved them.  This really challenged me to change my own life.”

July 23, 2012

Are you weary?

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Tonight I heard Ben singing songs and reading a Bible story to the twins, and I thought about how wonderful it was that he was doing that while I cleaned up the kitchen. I literally haven’t read them anything today. After I cleaned the counters and mopped up the spills on the floor, I thought grumpily, “I’m just gonna have to do this again tomorrow.” I didn’t spend hours cooking today (that was yesterday!) but I did spend a lot of my waking hours taking the twins to use the potty.

It’s easy for me to go from being thankful for the abundance in my life to letting the mundane things of life overwhelm me. All it takes is one of the twins crying for a drink, and the other one pipes in…while they are crying, another child needs something and pretty soon it appears that all five of them need something at once. To be fair, school started last week so after 8:30 in the morning on school days all I have left at home are the twins.  Today, however, was a school holiday so all of the kids were home. One of my children (who will remain unnamed) began whistling. Another one left papers and trash in an area where I had just cleaned and all of my emotions started going haywire. With each annoyance, my internal frustration mounted. I thought to myself “I’m overreacting. What is wrong with me??” It finally hit me. I realized it was nearly 11:00 am and I hadn’t eaten anything!!  Funnily enough, when I started telling Ben the story at lunch, before I got to the epiphany, he asked “did you forget to eat?”  We both started laughing.

A little splash of grace came when a good friend of mine stopped by unexpectedly just as I finished making my omelet.  She’s the kind of person who doesn’t care about my messy house and really just came to see me. So when she showed up, I realized that having another adult to tell my ‘mundane’ story to made a huge difference in my outlook.

Here is the crux of the matter for me. It’s rather simple. Eating and sleeping are essential to me being a happy mother. When my basic self care measures are in place, I feel more equipped to deal with any adversity and yes, even silly things like whistling! I apologized to one of my kids, and I realized he had no idea what was tumbling around in this head of mine…I was a time bomb that nobody besides me knew about!  Added to the self care plan is just plain old thankfulness. If some small thing can send me spiralling into self pity, then one of those things or all of them are usually the culprit.

A friend of mine recently gave me a devotional called “Jesus Calling” that I would highly recommend to any mom of small children. I keep it in the bathroom because that is the one place I have at least a couple of minutes to myself every day. Here’s an entry I loved:

Rest in my presence when you need refreshment. Resting is not necessarily idleness as people often percieve it. When you relax in My company, you are demonstrating trust in Me. Trust is a rich word, laden with meaning and direction for your life. I want you to lean on, trust and be confident in Me.  When you lean on Me for support, I delight in your trusting confidence.

Many people turn away from Me when they are exhausted. They assoicate Me with duty and diligence, so they try to hide from My Presence when they need a break from work. How this saddens Me! As I spoke through My prophet Isaiah: In returning to Me and resting in Me you shall be saved; in quietness and trust shall be your strength.   (Sarah Young)

Proverbs 3:5, Isaiah 30:15

And with that, I’m heading to bed because I need to get three kids off to school bright and early tomorrow and get those twins to the potty every 15-20 minutes. Or I might take them to our lovely little daycare and start potty training again in the afternoon.



July 11, 2012

The Ba’e river adventure

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Can you see Joe and Noah in the background?

Jacob said “Hi friends!” over and over to these cute kids who followed us for about 1/4 of the trip, until the river bank ran out. I’m sure we were quite the spectacle!

This was our first family adventure with the twins–they did GREAT. (outside of our ‘normal’ jungle adventures when we go to and from the village!) Thankfully our friend Donna was home when we got out of the river near her house so we used her car to go pick up ours.

Poor Ben, he lost his wedding ring plus one of his crocs while he tried to rescue the kids and I from going down the rapids too quickly. At the end of our trip a rock poked a hole in our little raft too.

July 11, 2012

staycation fun…

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Noah celebrated his birthday with his friends last week at the teen center, a place we rented for a couple of hours of pure fun…

I’m really liking the destination birthday party idea…we showed up with a giant chocolate chip cookie cake and some Tang, and hoila! Party time.

On Sunday we had a camp out in our yard

my six favorite people in the whole world…after filling up on popcorn and hot chocolate and enjoying a warm fire in our haus win (bush gazebo)

all snuggly in the tent

Ellie and the twins needed their pillows, blankies, babies and stuffed animals.

stay tuned for the next installment…an adventure on the river

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