Dear Partners, Friends, and Family,
Our ministry with Wycliffe continues to make a difference for His Kingdom. Young people who we have worked with are now serving in various places around the globe. Two such people are Amanda (Wulff) Halbrooks and Susie Pederson. Robert had the pleasure of teaching them while they were at Ukarumpa International School (UIS). Both have chosen to serve the Lord doing jobs that directly make a difference for the Bibleless people of PNG.
Amanda and her husband, Alan, work as teachers at UIS. She teaches second grade while Alan teaches high school English and Creative Writing. As a missionary kid herself, she gets the added bonus of being able to relate to them on a more personal level. They know God is using them in the students’ lives and to support the translation process. They say, “We wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.”
Susie is working in several linguistic related areas. She assists with workshops held in Ukarumpa and other regional centers. Participants in one workshop came from eight different languages from a small island off the north coast of PNG, to learn about a computer program called “Adapt-It.” This program adapts an already approved Scripture translation into a related but different language, reducing the time needed for translating the New Testament into these other languages. In that workshop, one participant stood up and said to the entire group, “We are making history! Translating the very first verse of Scripture into our languages.” We can only imagine their hearts overflowing with joy that day.
Having grown up learning to read and with a Bible so accessible, we can hardly relate to a life without a written language. How can we know and understand the love of God without His Word in our heart language?
Thank you to all who are part of the larger team also making history – helping to eradicate Bible poverty in our lifetime. Thank your for your words of encouragement, prayers, and financial support. It is a privilege and honor to go, that together we can touch the lives of Bibleless peoples.
Robert & Molly for the Clementz family