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  • Writer's pictureCarl and Pat whitehead

Menya Scripture Available on Website (Wycliffe Bible Translators)

Papua New Guinea – For two weeks in February, Jay one of our co-translators and I attended a website creation workshop and you can see the results at if you are interested. If you open it on your computer, you can click on the word ‘Menya’ in the upper right to change the navigation language to English. On a phone, the word ‘Menya’ is in the upper left. We are trusting that this website will make the Menya scripture and other materials available to Menya speakers who are living in other parts of PNG. As soon as the reading books which Pat is working on are ready for formal publication, they will be added so this is definitely a work in progress.

Since the beginning of March, we have been involved in a series of biennial meetings. Yesterday the Conference for all SIL-PNG Branch staff began and will continue until 20 March. This is a great time for the 600+ staff to catch up on what is happening in the various aspects of the work here at Ukarumpa and in regions around the country, plus that of some of our partner organizations. There is also some business discussion taking place to guide the Administration and Executive Committee in the decisions which they must make. The first half of each morning is spent in worship and listening to our spiritual emphasis speaker, Dr William Longgar, who is a pastor in Port Moresby.

Unfortunately, co-translator Jay has experienced a series of discouraging incidents. While he was with us for the website workshop, he received word that his young adult daughter had broken into one of his buildings and stolen 5 x 50kg bags of coffee which belonged to the Menya Language Programme. While staying with a sister in Lae on his way back to Akwanja village, the sister’s house was broken into and his computer and clothing plus numerous of his sister’s belongings were stolen. And when he arrived back at Akwanja, he discovered that the end of our house where his office is located had been broken into, seemingly to look for the computers that we had provided for the language programme. They were not stolen since he had relocated them to his personal home before coming here to work with us. Needless to say, these incidents are weighing heavily on him. Please pray for wisdom in knowing how to handle these situations, especially the loss of his own computer.

Home church: Nassau Street Church, Winnipeg Manitoba


This article was originally published in The Recorder Vol 61 No 2


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