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Overlooking the Aiyura airstrip...where just a few of these experts work
Just the other week, I flew from Ukarumpa to Madang and then back again. It’s only a thirty-minute hop over the mountains—quite short compared to the nearly 24 hours of flight time when I first crossed the Pacific Ocean. But, as I watched clouds coil and drift over the Papua New Guinean scenery, I remembered once again how this short little trip required an army of people from across the world.

There was the friendly driver who transported me to the airstrip in the vehicle expertly maintained by the auto shop. The flight coordinator had called me that morning (thanks to our telephone specialists) to let me know of scheduling details, while at the hanger a mechanic fueled and checked the plane (meanwhile his wife dropped the kids off at school and made a run to the clinic), and the pilot (who had been mentored and trained in his home country) discussed the flight plan. My computer (supported by our CTS experts), traveled safely in the cargo bay in a special case (thanks to a partner’s financial gift by and managed by the finance office); nestled next to it was the coveted post office mail bag, cradling a treasure trove of letters and packages from an army of encouragers and prayer warriors back in our home countries. While I was gone, my house (managed by the housing office, cleaned by my haus meri, and kept in repair by our construction team) with its recently-stocked pantry (thanks to our buyer and the store) welcomed my housemate back from the village…

All in one short little flight over the mountains.

The need for Bible translation in Papua New Guinea is enormous—and neither I nor anyone else can do it alone. Would you consider coming alongside me as a co-laborer in this task? There are many ways you can impact the world through Bible translation!

I'm back in Minnesota and excited to share with all of you what God has been doing through me in the work of Bible translation in Papua New Guinea! The following is my current tentative schedule for speaking engagements. If you would like more details of times and directions or if you have an idea for a speaking event (or would like to host one), please contact me.

Date LocationHostDetails
8 Sep 2013 Minneapolis, MNNew Salem Evangelical Free ChurchMorning church service at 10:30; fellowship at 9:45
15 Sep 2013 Forest Lake, MNCentennial Evangelical Free Church Morning church service at 10:00
15 Sep 2013 Arden Hills, MN
Morris and Wendy Johnson
7-8:30 pm, dessert night
19 Sep 2013 Forest Lake, MNCentennial Evangelical Free Church 7-8:30 pm, dessert night
22 Sep 2013 Arlington, MN
Creekside Alliance Church
Morning church service
22 Sep 2013 Minnetonka, MN
Greg and Mary Pearson
6:30-8 pm, dessert night
24 Sep 2013Minneapolis, MN Antioch Community Church7-8:30 pm, community group
25 Sep 2013Arden Hills, MNNorthwestern University--St PaulHelping staff the Wycliffe booth during missions week; available to meet for lunch
25 Sep 2013Forest Lake, MNCentennial Evangelical Free Church youth group6:30-8:00 pm, youth group
29 Sep 2013Glencoe, MN
Berean Baptist Church
Morning church service
9 Oct 2013 Arden Hills, MNNorthwestern University--St Paul10:30-11 am, breakout chapel
10 Oct 2013 Verndale, MNVerndale Alliance Church women's group7-8:00 pm, women's ministry
13 Oct 2013 Elk River, MNGlory of Christ FellowshipMorning church service and following potluck
23 Oct 2013 Norwood, MNLiving Rock Church youth group7-8:30 pm, youth group
25 Oct 2013 Roseville, MNRosehill Alliance Churchevening sharing for missions conference
27 Oct 2013 Waconia, MNOakwood ChurchMorning church service
9-10 Nov 2013 West Union, IABethany Lutheran ChurchEvening service and Sunday morning service
17 Nov 2013 Hutchinson, MNHutchinson Evangelical Free ChurchMorning church service at 10:00
8 Dec 2013 Le Sueur, MNWord of Life Lutheran Church Morning church service
17-19 Jan 2014 Rosemount, MN South Suburban Evangelical Free ChurchMissions conference speaker; details pending