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PIONEER BIBLE TRANSLATORS


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KIAfiELE PEOPLE

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July 1989
Dear Friends,

Greetings in the precious name of Jesus.

The school year is over. And boy are we glad. It has been good, but
it has also been a lot of work. I turned one paper in that was over 100
pages in length. And that was only one of five papers for that class. (The
other papers were considerably shorter.)
During this last
masters degree level.

semester I took four


The first, which
I

three-hour classes at the


mentioned
above,
was

Sociolinguistic Aspects of Language Programs. It was designed to make us


look at how various aspects of our work have to fit together if we are to
get things done in the proper sequence so that we are not wasting time and
effort. While working on the big paper for this class Beth gave me a
lecture about spending too much time at the computer and ignoring the
family.

The second class was Functional Greek. This class looked at aspects
of Greek grammar not normally covered in Greek courses. For the final
paper in this course I analyzed Galatians 4 from the Greek text dealing
with the presence and absence of conjunctions, the presence or absence of

the definite article, the various functions of the various prepositions,


the affects of tense, aspect, and mood on discourse, etc.a paper that I
am sure most of you would be thrilled to read. Actually it will be quite
helpful in translation work.

A third class was called Interpersonal Relationships Across Cultures.


More people leave the mission field for interpersonal relationship problems
than for any other reason. It is also through interpersonal relationships
that we are able to do our most effective evangelistic outreach.
In a
recent sermon we heard, "People will not care what you know until they know
you care".

involved

That is true, but

that

will

help

it

is

also

true

that

communicate a caring heart.

there

are

skills

The purpose of the

class was to build those skills.

My final class was Hebrew.

In it we worked on getting a better

grasp

of Hebrew (I took the class last semester, too), and I worked on


translation of Ruth from Hebrew into KiaHii) Balai). Actually because of our

goal

to

use this in field work the professer encouraged us to use as many

helps as possible.

One year of Hebrew does not make one a Hebrew Scholar!

During the first semester of Hebrew another PBT translator, Tim Meece,
who works in Liberia, Africa, and I took the class with a group of Bible
college students.
I think they found us disgusting because we were
working from a linguistic background and with a usage goal as a motivation.
They simply wanted the credit for graduation. The professor was merciful
and used two seperate grading systems for the classone for Tim and me and
one for everyone else.
For those who are curious, I got a "B" in Functional Greek, and the
rest were "A's". I intend to eventually transfer the credits to Fuller and

someday get a masters degree in Missiology. But before I can do that I


need to convince myself to live in Los Angeles for a year. I find the
jungle of Papua New Guinea far less intimidating.
Rosalind audited two classes
this
semester,
one
being
the
Sociolinguistic Aspects of Language Programs class that I took, and the
other being Literacy Materials. In the latter class she learned more about
what goes into the materials necessary to a literacy program.
We
discovered that the rules do not fit our

situation

well

in

some

areas,

especially when working on a primer designed to allow readers of the trade


language to transfer their reading abilities to the local language. It is
not practical to follow all the "right ways" of doing some of the work
because in KiaHix) Balai} the the letters that normally would be taught last
need to be taught first due to the places they occur and their frequency.
Rosalind

also

took

classes

during

the fall semester.

During that

semester she took Training Across Cultures, Interpersonal Relations Across


Cultures, and Principals of Literacy.
The first two classes were real
refreshing growth experiences that have helped us to overcome some of the
burnout we were experiencing on our return to America. And they helped us
see why some of the things we tried to accomplish have not worked as
anticipated.
Beth
and D~III are doing well as school.
After some rather
troublesome reverse culture shock Beth is now doing better socially.
Kids
-&hefo^rmerlryhad^^-f-ficulty withax^e-nowahle to accepther and-even

protect her when they see her being picked on. Part of the solution to the
problem was our going to her school and showing slides and talking about
her life in PNG.

We did the same for D-III, though he never had the same
him

that Beth did.

pressures

on

She is a definite extrovert, while he tends to be more

cautious about social situations.

Plus the fact that he is younger, and he

is a boy. Somehow the boys do not seem to have the same pressures socially
that the girls do.
When coming back to America we had been afraid that D-III would have
trouble adjusting to the U.S. but Beth would fit right in. The opposite
has been true. In watching the struggles that the two of them have gone
through we have learned a lot about them.

Anyway, we are now done with the school year and back in Oregon.
After finishing school we were able to take a couple days to go to the
Houston Space Center and the Gulf of- Mexico before heading back to finish
packing and move to Oregon.
riUii.

new

Now we need to get on with support raising. In addition to having one


supporting church and several new supporting individuals, we have had

several churches raise our support level to the point where we are now
getting about $2,200 per month dependable monthly support. We figure that
we need to have about $3,839 to meet all necessary expenses.
People frequently ask us when we plan to return to PNG, and we respond
that we want to return as soon as our support is enough to do so, hopefully
by Christmas. We figure that if 40 people would decide to support us at
the rate of a dollar a day we could leave at the end of the summer. We
have had our first person pledge to join the dollar a day group. We intend
to leave as soon as practical after our funds are raised.
Rosalind
and
I
spent some time getting more information on
correspondence courses for Beth and D-III. We have now chosen which course
to use, but realize that we will be wanting to supplement it as it has a
few areas of weakness.
By
the
use
of
computer
software
and
self-instruction, and by supplementing with material from other sources as
well we should be able to develop a well rounded and interesting
educational program that will actually involve less of our time teaching
than before.

One of the things we have been doing in getting ready to

go

back

to

PNG is getting our medical examinations for both our visas and PBT. We
appear to be in excellent healthwell, the doctor did say that I need more
exercise.

After much searching we have been able to find a house to rent near
Toledo. In fact it is right across the road from our new forwarding agents
house! Beth and D-III will probably spend a lot of time playing with their
doghe loves to play frisbee. Now I have to get busy and cut wood for
winters heat, something we do not need to worry about in PNG.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL LESSONS

Pioneer

Bible

Translators

has

developed

set

of

VBS

lessons

"starring" our daughter Beth.


These include a five day filmstrip,
accompanying cassette tape, lesson plan booklet, and minature artifacts.
Anyone

wanting

to

use

these

for

next

year's

VBS...,

or

mission

spotlight..., or ???, please contact us.


Forwarding agent:

Our temporary address

Letha Weaver

Dan & Rosalind Wilcox

406 Thornton Creek Rd.

449 Thornton Creek Rd,

Toledo, OR 97391

Toledo, OR 97391

(503) 875-4022

(503) 875-2011

Any

checks

sent

for

our

work

should be made out to Pioneer Bible

Translators and sent to Letha.


Grace and Peace.

In Him,

Dan and Rosalind Wilcox

PRAISE

PRAYER
1.

Pray for us as we seek to

1.

Praise God with us for

finish raising support.

providing a house for us to

Pray that we may receive the


necessary travel expenses for

furlough.

live in for the rest of our


2.

Praise God with us that we

2.

our return to PNG.

received so much benefit

3.

from the schooling we took and

Pray for the Kianele people.

that said schooling is done.


3.

Praise God with us for the

increase in support that we


have already received.
4.

Praise God with us for the good

physical checkups we received


and the clean bills of health.

For the last couple of years most

of

you,

except

for

our

regular

supporters, have not received newsletters from us due to some complications


we have had.

Since returning on furlough we

have

gotten

the

newsletter

list on computer (thanks to help from several women in the Newport


Christian Church) and we plan to start sending out regular mailings again.
Because

of

the

cost of these mailings and address correction expenses it

will save us both money and


changes of address.

work

if you will let us know of any

upcoming

Thank You.

Non Profit Organization


U. S. Postage Paid
Newport, Oregon 97365

First Christian Church


809 SE Second Street

Newport, OR 97365

Permit Number 5

Mission Services
P.O. Box 2427

Knoxville, TN 37901

ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED

ItillilnilliliiiitiiuM

Jrom

Field Address:
Box 997

Madang,

Papua New Guinea

^tie Wilcox ^amily^

Forwarding Agent's

serving tlje ^ofd

Address:

as

Letha Weaver

406 Thornton Or Rd

'^ible translator's /

Toledo, OR
Phone:

97391

503-875-4022

in

December, 1989

^apua oAfew/" Quinea


Greetings in the precious name of Jesus,

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PLEASE NOTE THE ENCLOSED POSTCARD.

list

the

name

We are planning to

remove

from

our

of anyone who does not really want to receive our newsletter.

If you wish to contunue receiving our newsletter, please check the appropriate
box, stamp, and return the card to us. If you do not send it in your name
will be removed from our mailing list, unless you are family,

PET family.

supporters,

or

Please do not assume that we will know that you wish to remain on

the listsomeone else will be helping us and he won't know!


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This
newsletter

should
be
our
last
from
the
United States.

We were hoping that by this time we


would be in Papua New Guinea, but we
are still awaiting visas.
It
is a
frustrating situation,
in one way,

yet we have a real

peace

about

the

whole situation, feeling that perhaps


that it is really the Lord that has
decided to delay the visas.

We
the

are

United

arriving

now

expecting to leave

States

on

January

12,

in Madang, Papua New Guinea

on the 14th.
We will get there
just
in
time
for the PET annual meeting,

then stay about a week after the


meeting before going to the village.
The date was chosen because it is the

next flight available through Guam,


the cheapest reasonable route.
Until we
leave
we
can
be
contacted
through
our forwarding
agent, or through my mother at:
415

Schlecht

Toledo,

Rd

but that we can get a message

Pn: 503-875-2011 (until 1-1-90)


Pn: 503-336-2956 (after 1-1-90)

us

through that number.

Right now we are trying to get


things done that we hoped to get done
before

returning

getting

Beth

to

and

PNG.

We

DIll's

are

school

materials together.
I am organizing
other materials that I need
for
translation work.
Computer equipment
has been,
for
the
most
part,

purchased and will be packed for


travel as we get closer to our travel
date.

Our

address

computer now, so will

files

be

are

on

easier

to

update and print out.


This

furlough

has

been a long

one.
While this has been hard on our
work
in PNG, it is turning out to be
what was best for
our
own welfare.
We had been suffering from burnout,
now virtually conquered.
We
are
confident
that
upon
our
return we
will
be
better
able
to
function
effectively
in the ministry we are a

part of.

OR 97391

to

And we thank you

for

your

love
and concern that has allowed us
the time we needed for rebuilding and
education while on furlough.

Please be aware that


any while
in PNG communications for us can take

a long time.
call

If something is urgent,

our office in PNG and they will

contact us via radio.

We

will

include a fax number as

up

airmail.

to
The

six
PNG

weeks

it

can

Yours

in Christ,

now

one way for

country

peace in Jesus.

then

respond
to
you
as
quickly as
possible.
If you need a written
document quickly,
you may wish to
take

Have a Merry Christmas and a


Christ-filled new year.
Grace and

(direct

dial)
code
is 675, and our PBT-PNG
phone number
is 82-2440.
Remember
that we will probably not be there,

Dan,

Rosalind,
Beth,& D-III

If any of you want to send us things from time to time, here are some
guidelines for mailing packages to us. to you.
Do not send money directly to us.
If you wish to send us a personal
(non-tax-deductable) gift send it
directly to our forwarding agent
with

instructions

that

it

before

6.

to our forwarding agent.


will
send
you
a
tax-deductable receipt for them.

Her address is in the letterhead.


items

contains

7.

that are

illegal to import.
They
are
usually caught and destroyed. Do
not send any sugar, meat products
(we have even seen pizza sauce
with meat in
it
destroyed),
seeds,
playing
cards,
used
clothing for nationals (unless it
certificate

looks

like

8.

4.

if unfamiliar

"airmail".

Several

air-mail packages of considerable


postage have come surface mail.
If all is marked clearly it may
be possible to get a refund from
the post office.

sea-shells or teeth,

9.

If

the

item

is

an

unsolicited

gift, write that on the package.


ArWay^furiy riii out tne customs

When sending "^m^Iiing rievfr^'gr-"


recently new, always include the
receipt or invoice. Then if the

open

item is charged customs we will


have a true price.

Also say if the item is used.

Things that can melt may melt if


sent surface mail. Things like

10.

Clothing, etc. for

our

labeled
"FOR
FOR
RESALE".

If

personal

the

When

It is a good
address inside
well

as

we

have

to

packages at customs it

on

of

embarassment.

idea to put our


the package as

the outside.

Cover

the address with clear plastic


tape so it doesn't get torn up.

candles melt.

use
needs
to
be
PERSONAL USE:
NOT

declaration.
saves us a lot

chocolate do not mail well unless


air-mailed.
We
have even
had

5.

Office,

If mailing packages air-mail make


sure that the postmark clearly
contains the date and is clearly
marked

that

matches or
things
containing
phosphorus, mineral oil, rice, or
anything that may be seen as
dangerous.
If in doubt, contact

3.

Post

with Papua New Guinea, will try


to look it up under "New Guinea".
Make sure they get the "Papua" in
there or they won't find it.

of

us first.

Pack and label carefully.


Be
aware
of
size
and
weight
restrictions for mailing things.
The

fumigation), feathers or skins


(manufactured
leather products

are usually okay), anything

Do not send incompatible items in


the same package. If there are

soap-type items in a package they


will soap flavor anything not in
cans or bottles.
Extra plastic
bags, even zip-lock types, do not
help.
Other
examples
of
incompatibility might be heavy
items with fragile items.

sent
She

some

the
the

culture.)

for us
should
be
made
out
to
Pioneer
Bible
Translators
and

are

And

be

deposited
directly
in
our
personal checking account. These
will not be receipted. She will
then notify us of that deposit.
All other checks (tax deductable)

There

sending us clothing.

remember
the
climate
and
dress-code
restrictions
of

11.

new, remove the merchandising

tags and wash it. (Check with us


or our forwarding agent for sizes

You may want to notify us of any


especially significant items so
we

can

be

aware

of

them

and

notify you if they do not arrive


on time. This is especially true
of insured items.

First Christian Church


809 SE Second St

Newport, OR 97365

Non-Profit Organization
U. S. Postage Paid
Newport, OR 97365
Permit Number 5

Mission Services
P.O. Box 2427
Knoxvllle TN 37901

ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED