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FORWARDING AGFNTS:

Raul & Louise Faxon

A^3 1'rapp Ck. Rd.

Toledo, Or. 97391

OUR GURRMT ADDRESS:

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Dan & Rosalind Wilcox

P. B. T.

Box 997

Madang, Papua New

Guinea

June 1986

"For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves

as your servants for Jesus'sake." II Cor. 4^5

Dear Friends,

Greetings in the precious name of Jesus.

One of our hopes for this

year

was

to

have part of Matthew's Resurrection Account

translated for Easter.

In this newsletter

you will find our translation of Matthew 28:

1- 10.

When 1 had mentioned to the man

who

is

currently working with me on language work

the possibility of doing Matthew 28: 1-10 for Easter, he simply said the equivelent of "Whatever you want to do." However, when I started doing something else in our session

the next morning, he interrupted with, "When

that

rather

are

passage."

we going

I

to

start

working on

said

something

non-commital, like "Later", but he was not

willing to accept that answer.

We roughed

out

the translation in maybe 2 or 3 hours of

work, with another couple spent in correction

and polishing.

I must admit that it really quite fun.

From the very beginning we have said

do

I

not really like linguistics, but I love

that

translation. The more we are able to do

in

translation

the

more the

truth

of

that

statement surfaces. I really hope that after

the grammer workshop in October - December we

in

hope we will be able to spend

that area.

more

time

Here

are

a

few

things that might be

interresting to you-about the translati^ :- —

For the Sabbath we simply said Saturday, and

for the first day of the week we said Sunday.

We

did

this

because the Pidgin

way

of

counting puts Monday as the first day of the

week.

Where it says that the

white as snow we simply said very white.

angels clothes were

We

do not get very much snow here.

The Pidgin

term

our people are concerned.

for

snow means fog, at least as far as

To say that a person has raised from the dead

does not

mean a whole lot to these people.

All that would mean is that they were

in

a

coma

or

had fainted and revived. People do

that all the time!

(This causes us no end of

trouble when someone comes running in and

says that so and

so died.)

To effecively

communicate the resurrection we had to say

that Jesus rose from the grave.

When we translate Jesus's greetings to the

women we said "Oh, you've come?" There seems

this

to

be

no

equivelent

to "Hello"

in

language. When you see someone you say, "Oh,

you've come?" Then

come."

they reply "Yes,

I've

For Easter Sunday we all went to Church

before daylight and sang. After sunrise we

the scripture we

had - Communion, then. I read

had translated and preached

using

it

as

a

text.

I really wanted to let someone else

do it, but so far Rosalind and I are the only

ones able

enough to do anything like this. We

to read the local language well

a

have

few others who can worry it out, but they do

not feel ready to read their own language in

That is one of our many future

public yet.

jobs.

May the Grace of our Lord be with you.

I.OSSKS IN MADAN{3

In Him

Dan

In e.irJy April thieves broke into the Mission

Aviation Fellowship hanger in Madang. They

they simply

wore discovered in the act, so

grabbed what

was

nearest

and

ran .

Ilrifortunately for

us,

it

was

our

stuff

because we had a supply plane scheduled for the next, morning. What they took was mostly

unusable to

them

The worse part

of

but irreplaceable to us.

our

loss

is

that

the

thieves took our mail bag (Try going without

mail for six weeks and see

how

valuable it

becomes) which contained the letters written

to us in March.

letters were

lale February or

We

have

no

idea

we

who

the

from, so if you wrote to us in

haven't

March and

answered, would you please write again? Also

taken at that time was about $250

worth

of

supplies:

mostly Sunday school materials.

Bibles, hymn books, and medicines.

those thieves would just read what they

Now

if

stole

Not;

the

mail; just

the

Christian

1i terature!!

was going quite

well. There had been about two weeks of work

parties arranged to start the work of digging

Work on the airstrip

out

the

stumps too

big for the tractor to

pull out and getting the downed trees off the

site.

Now

you

may

be wondering why the

tractor can't pull out all the stumps—

had

could be brought up the river on canoes.

to

we

settle for the size of tractor that

It

can

pull stumps up to about 10 in diameter,

when using a block and tackle, but over that

size they have to be dug out by hand.

Since Dan couldn't man the chainsaw (to

cut the trees into movable lengths) and the

tractor at

the same time, he taught two men

how to drive the tractor. They were delighted of course as it's the main object of interest

in the village at the moment. He taught them

well, and soon they were handling the small

stump pulling on

handled

that

end

their own.

While they

of

the work Dan took the

chainsaw and started limbing and bucking the

trees.

He discovered, after nearly having a

heat stroke, that he could only work

in

the

fairly cool hours of the day. The many other people in the work party cut back the jungle, gathered the movable limbs and stumps and set

fire to them, ate grub worms from the rotting

trees, and gathered firewood to take home.

Work started from early morning and continued

until about a half hour before sundown for

eight days.

The ninth day started like the others.

When

it got too hot for Dan, he came home to

work in the office.

Soon however someone

came running up to announce that a woman had been hurt. Apparently she had crawled under

~a tree to rgsT~out of^ttre~ltorr~sun~ This tree

had

been

cut

but

had

not

fallen

down

completely; it had become hung up on another

tree. Someone else had moved a limb and down

the tree came on her back.

She said that she

heard the bone in her back break.

We were horrified.

been

quickly gotten her

complete we could

to

If

the strip

had

have easily and

A

the hospital.

helicopter was really out of the question

could

because by the time one was found and

arrive Dan could

nearest hospital by our canoe and motor.

already get her

to the

So

we

painkiller, and put her in the canoe.

got

her

on

a

streatcher, gave her a

Then

the Christians gathered around her in prayer.

The people here made

us

very happy.

They

hurried to their gardens to get food that the

woman and her husband could

either

eat

or

sell at the market for extra money.

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The trip to the Angoram hospital was not

easy. The sun beat down mercilessly during

the first part of the trip, and when they got

met by big

to the Sepic

river they were

waves.

In

the afternoon

the Sepic

can

sometimes be almost like being on the ocean.

They had to travel very slowly because of the

roughness of the river, and they arrived at the hospital close to sunset, five and a half

hours after they left our village.

The head doctor

looked her over.

He

said that there was no nerve damage and said that they would send her out by ambulance to

the Wewak hospital

could get x-rayed.

the next day where she

Then we had to wait and wait

and wait.

Our

support team in town tried and tried to

get through to the

Wewak hospital

by

phone—which

proved to be a difficult task

because the phones were not working properly.

When they finally got through, there were

many prayers of thanksgiving here. She had

been discharged and

was on her way home!!

The x-rays showed

no damage to

the spine:

the

muscles had only been bruised. She's

back home and doing fine.

This whole incident has only served to

increase

airstrip.

the

people's

desire

for

When it takes at least 4

the

or 5

hours by boat to reach the nearest hospital

in a case of life and death, that's not

odds.

good

Another thing that impressed our people

was the care of our heavenly Father.

know

They

listens to the prayers of His

that

He

children, And when He

against us!

is for us who "can

Rosalind

El.IZABETH'S EPISTLE

We

She sucks on my fingers and

have a new baby in our house named Heidi.

hops after

me

wherever I

go.

She's an orphaned wallaby

given to my brother and

me

by

our

village

friends. Daddy's not sure if he likes her or

not because she likes to lick

his

toes and

he's ticklish. We call her Heidi because we

fed her goats milk with an eyedropper when we

first got her. Beth

U TII'S DISCUSSION

Our Grandma came to visit and though it took

some time, I finally decided

she

was

OK.

When she made pajamas with race cars on them

T decided she was someone SPECIAL!

Now

she

can get hugs and kisses without even asking

for them.

D III

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