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News from John and Bonnie Nystrom -- November 4, 2021
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Celebrating a life lived for God's glory
On September 23, we celebrated the life of my best friend, Jerry Pfaff. He and Sue have been fellow missionary Bible translators in Papua New Guinea.  
 
Jesus makes good on his promises
Of all the wonderful things about being a missionary, one of my favorites is watching Jesus make good on his promises. In Mark 10, Jesus made this amazing promise. 

“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” (Mark 10:29-31, NIV)

Jesus used Jerry and Sue Pfaff to make that promise come true in the lives of many people who were far from home in Papua New Guinea. We are among them. 

In fact, Jerry quickly became my best friend. Recently I gave the eulogy at his memorial. It is less than 19 minutes long. You can see it here, starting at about 27:00. If you have never seen me cry, this is your chance! 

Jerry's life cannot be explained apart from the grace of God working in and through his life.

May the same be said of us. 

Please pray for Susan and her family as they grieve and adjust to life without Jerry. 

Praise the Lord with us for a safe trip from WI to FL via NC, WV and NJ, including Bonnie's Jaars Board meetings, which went very well. We even enjoyed a blessed two days of rest at a mountain retreat in WV

Please pray for the translators and all of us on the team as another translation workshop begins in Arop village on Monday. The translators plan to draft Ephesians 2 and put the final touches on John's gospel so we can do "final checking" on it January and then publish it. 

Please pray me as I explore the possibility of traveling to Papua New Guinea for that final checking workshop in January. After missing the 2019 workshop due to my heart surgery and missing last year's because of COVID-19, I really miss my brothers! But with international and domestic travel restrictions relaxed and tightened again often and on short notice, it's not clear whether I could go or should go this coming January.

Please also pray for me as I serve my family as my mom's executor and trustee. I need the Lord's grace, peace and wisdom as I navigate the process. 

And please pray for Bonnie. Now that we are back in Florida, her focus is on caring for her family, who have many needs. We are grateful to the Lord that they live next door! 

Many of you are among the "brothers, sisters, mothers, children" Jesus has graciously brought into our lives. We thank God for you! 

Serving our King together,

John Nystrom (& for Bonnie)


P.S. Jerry's Son Nathan is a filmmaker. Recently he made this beautiful tribute to his dad's life (24 minutes), and this 30-minute award-winning documentary about the dedication of 1/2 of the NT in the Nali language on Manus Island, PNG. 
Partnership

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Give to our Wycliffe ministry online
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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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