Thursday, June 30, 2011

Making The Angels Sing


We work with some pretty incredible people here in Papua New Guinea. People who have taken to heart that God is faithful not only in the big things but the little things too.  . 

In 1987 Andrew and Ruth Murray and their two sons left the shores of England after bible school for America to get specialized training to learn a language never written down, communicate cross culturally with the people who spoke the language, and translate the bible into their language. In 1988 they moved into Nimo tribe.  You could literally sit for hours and listen to story after story of how God sustained them, encouraged them through so many highs and lows of this kind of ministry.  They would tell you it’s not been easy but they would do it again to get to this part you see being played out in the picture below.  Yes that is the Nimo New Testament Bible those believers now hold in their hands. 
  Since 2005 they have lived on the support center here in Papua New Guinea where they finished the translation of the New Testement. They would work on the translation all morning then help in what ever areas needed on the support center plus fulfilled the role of Language and Culture consultant for our region.  
 Ace and I are privilege to call this couple our friends, our  co-workers.  We two couples are very aware of the need to train up the younger ones to replace us and for God to continue to raise others up.  It is so very true that here the laborers are few and the harvest is plenty. There is village after village just waiting for someone to step out in faith just as Ruth and Andrew did over 23 years.
  The goal of a believer is to make the angels in heaven sing.  Ace and I love being part of the support team that helps missionaries start that choir singing.  Heaven will be filled with believers from every tongue and nation singing praises to the Lamb of God and we'll join that choir singing at the top of our heavenly lungs.

What a day that will be, when my Jesus I will see
When I look upon His face the one who saved me by His grace
And He takes me by the hand and lead me to the promise land
What a day, wonderful day that will be

There will  be no crying there, no more burdens to bear
No more sickness, no pain, no more parting over there
All is peace forever more, on that happy golden shore
What a day, glorious day that will