News from John and Bonnie Nystrom -- January 15, 2021  
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Chasing the dream of
Immediate Scripture Publishing 
Last summer I explained in detail about PTXPrint, a tool I was helping to develop that would make it possible to produce beautifully formatted Scripture books immediately after the translation is completed. 

To make this a reality, real translators with real translations have to use it to create real books and report the problems they encounter so they can be fixed. Most translators can't or don't want to do that.

I can and I do so I am. 

Our team desperately needs this to work for diglot (two-language) Scriptures. So I am working on it again now as I try to typeset several books we have finished translating and published electronically but have not yet typeset and printed.

Every time I find a bug and the developers fix it, it 's fixed not just for me, but for every translator in the world who wants to use this tool. And most of them will. This week I found several "bugs" and reported them to the developers. They have already fixed some of them. 

Through your partnership with Bonnie and me, you are making a global impact for getting translated Scripture in print sooner. 

Praise the Lord with us for

* Huge progress on PTXPrint since last summer, and significant progress just this week. May the Lord make the dream of immediate scripture publishing a reality. 

* My mother's general good health in the last few weeks, though the last couple of days have not been as good. 

Please pray

* For the developers of PTXPrint as they work to fix difficult and complex problems.

* That the Lord would give me patience, insight, wisdom, and a keen eye for detail as I work on typesetting our completed translations and prepare to teach our team to use this tool. Problems in 2 John and James have been especially vexing. 

* Our translation team as we prepare several chapters of John's gospel for a translation workshop starting Feb 5. 

* Continued good health for Bonnie and me, plus all those we care for here. 

* That the Lord would be glorified and others blessed by all we do. 

Thank you again for your partnership with us. 

Serving our King together,

John (& for Bonnie) 

P.S. Click the picture above to see a 2-minute video about PTXPrint. Below you can see examples of some of my unresolved problems in diglots. 
Why am I getting big white spaces like this at the bottom of one page and the top of the next page in this diglot of James, and why are my footnotes running off the page? These problems are probably related, but how? Please pray for insight into problems like these! 
This page of 2 John looks great, but why do I get a drop-cap chapter number on the Tok Pisin side of the diglot, but not on the Arop side? Pray for our developers as they track down bugs like these. 

If you would like to partner with us financially, we have two options below. 
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Wycliffe Bible Translators
PO Box 628200
Orlando, FL 32862-8200
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What we do 
Since 1987 we have been training local Papua New Guinean church leaders to translate the Bible into their own languages and coaching them through the process from first draft to publication.

We serve in the Aitape West Translation Project, which is producing and distributing Bible translations in 11 languages in print, electronic, audio, and video form; training local people to use the translations; and training the local translators to help other translators do the same in still more languages. 

To learn more
We have written about how a tsunami changed the face of Bible translation in Papua New Guinea in our bookSleeping Coconuts. It is available here on Kindle or here in paperback.

Click here to hear us speaking on this topic at a partner church.

Wycliffe has released a short film called "Arop" about this amazing story. The one-minute book trailer is here

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