News from John and Bonnie Nystrom -- February 4, 2022
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Tablet training. During the translation workshop that concluded today in Arop village, Barupu translator Jack Boipe (pointing) asked our our partner Willem van de Bruinhorst a question about the training Willem was giving jack and Malol translators Petrus Brere and Philip Rokus on using tablet computers. These tablets, which only use a tiny fraction of the power a laptop needs, are enabling the translators to continue working on translation between workshops when they are in their home villages, where electricity is scarce. 
4 locations, 3 countries, 1 second printing
Yesterday morning I thought I would spend the day helping translators with John's gospel and Ephesians 6. But an urgent email changed that. The Malol translators needed a second printing of 1, 2, 3 John and Jude, which we typeset and printed in NovemberThe original printing was sold out. What a great problem to have!

But they were scheduled to finish the workshop and head home on Friday and a reprint required a new title page, which required typesetting the book again. 

No big deal. We can do that in minutes. 

Unless we can't and don't know why. 

Ben Pehrson had already been working on this in Ukarumpa, Papua New Guinea, helped by a friend in New Zealand, who diagnosed and fixed the problem as Ben's day came to an end in PNG and mine started in Florida. So Ben handed the typesetting off to me. I finished it and handed it off to Willem (in the photo above) in Arop village, who printed it so the team could take it home. 

I love being part of a team! 

A different problem did prevent us from completing typesetting of the same books for the Wolwale language. Please pray we can resolve that problem and get their books printed soon. 

Please pray for eager hearts not just in Malol but also in all the other languages and in all the other places where God's Word is going out. 

Praise the Lord with us that we were able to complete final checking of John's gospel for all the languages, and that the translators were able to make most of the required corrections before the workshop ended today. In the last two weeks I have helped them make and verify hundreds of small corrections to four translations of John. 

Pray for Emil Ninkure and me as we improve his draft of Ephesians 3-6 and Colossians 1, and for Ben, Mack, Matthew and Brad who are checking the chapters as we complete them. The goal is to have them ready for the other translators to use as a resource when they draft these chapters in April. 

Emil and I have been making good progress, but we find Pauline epistles much more difficult than John's gospel. Pray for clear thinking, perseverance, and joy in the process--that we would enjoy the beauty and power of what we are translating even as we struggle to find the right words in Arop. 

Praise the Lord that the grass at Tadji airstrip was cut, so our partners were able to leave the Aitape area the easy way and avoid the problems they had on the way in

This weekend we had planned to go to the Jacksonville area, but both churches we were to visit had to cancel events because of Covid. Our activities in Papua New Guinea are also constantly up in the air as Covid restrictions change. Pray for wisdom for our ministry leaders and for all in authority. 

We continue to be grateful to the Lord for so many of you who help make it possible for us to help make God's Word available where it has never been before. The value of what you are helping to make happen cannot be measured, but see below for a hint. 

Serving our King together,

John Nystrom (& for Bonnie)

P.S. Here are just a few of the many precious things in Ephesians that have never been said in Arop before, but have recently been drafted. Read them slowly and imagine never having heard these truths in your language. 

2:8-10 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are Godʼs handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

3:12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

3:17b-19 And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lordʼs holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

3:20-21 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

I could go on and on. Nobody can measure the value of hearing these things and taking them to heart, but you and we are blessed to be part of making that possible. 

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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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