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Postings: Helping Translators Around the World

James, Christina, and the Post kiddos

“Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart…. my heart stands in awe of your words.”
~ Psalm 119:111, 161b ~

So Much Has Happened in 3 Months!

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 3 months since James started working remotely supporting Bible translators. It’s been very encouraging for him to work with and support translators from around the world through email, remote support calls, and making training materials available to them.

During a remote call from Switzerland, one translator shared this encouragement with James:

“I worried about going on furlough. Who would help me? … It’s a real blessing to know that you’re around and able to help… Your efforts are really bearing fruit in the most remote villages of the Pinai-Hagahai people.”

~ Translator serving in Papau New Guinea (PNG) ~

Pinai-Hagahai people with audio Scriptures (photo courtesy K. Weaver)
Pinai-Hagahai children with audio Scriptures (photo courtesy K. Weaver)

How encouraging that, with your partnership, we are able to help the people of PNG (and beyond) have God’s Word in their language.

God’s Word Speaks to Hearts and Changes Lives

How often does God’s Word speak straight to YOUR heart? All over the world, people like the Pinai-Hagahai above are hearing God speak to them through His written Word. Watch this video to catch a glimpse of what these people experience as they hear/read of God’s heart and love for them through His Word in their language.

God’s Word Changes Lives!

Prayer and Praise

  • Praise: Being settled in one place has been a great blessing for our family!
  • Prayer: For deepening relationships with God, coworkers, family, and friends.
  • Praise: Christina’s energy levels have greatly improved!
  • Prayer: For James’ weariness and energy levels.
  • Praise: We recently got baby chicks and started a garden (pictures below!!)

Your prayers and support are helping God’s Word reach the hearts of people around the world. Thank you!

In Him,

James and Christina

Family Fun on the Farm!!

The house we are renting has lots of land where we can play, explore, and have fun outside. We even started a garden and got baby chicks! What a blessing to enjoy these adventures together as a family!

Baby Chicks

Family Garden

Postings: God did it! We made it!

We are well supplied… the gifts you sent are a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. Philippians 4:18b

James, Christina, and the Post kiddos

God Provides!

God is so good! He has fully provided for our Wycliffe ministry and James started his new role this week! We are thankful for the prayer and financial partners that have made this happen, and we are grateful for the chance to support Bible translators around the world through the wonders of technology.

Translators in Papua New Guinea (photo courtesy SILPNG)

God’s Leading

It’s also exciting and encouraging that God continues to confirm this new path. He knew this would happen long before we did:

“Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” Psalm 139:16

Last year, we had the opportunity to share our “story” (how God has led us throughout our lives and ministry). Even though we still had plans to return to PNG at that time, God gently led us to this new role. Looking back at our story, we see God’s handiwork all around us in our lives and work in missions.

You can read our story here: Coming Full Circle: Computers in Missions.

Prayer and Praise

  • Praise/Prayer: God has provided the prayer and financial partners we need!
  • Prayer: For James in starting his new role.
  • Prayer: For protection from the enemy for our family as we transition together.
  • Praise: James is able to continue using his skills to serve Bibleless people around the world!
  • Praise: This tropical family got to play in the snow (pictures below!!). A rare treat!

Thank you for all of the ways you all have prayed for us, encouraged us, and supported us!

In Him,

James and Christina

Family Fun in the Snow!!

We had a blast going sledding and building a snowman recently. James and Christina also got to go skiing (our first time in 12 years). After living in the tropics for years, this was SO MUCH FUN!!

Postings: Belated Christmas Greetings and God’s Faithfulness

“they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’ Matthew 1:23b

James, Christina, Mikayla, Laurel, Timothy, Nathaniel, Julia, and Adalynn

God is WITH Us

Through the challenges and trials of this last year, God has made one thing abundantly clear: He is WITH us (Immanuel) through the trials, He is WITH us (Immanuel) through the challenges, He is WITH us (Immanuel) in the darkest of valleys, He is WITH us (Immanuel) regardless of our circumstances. And Immanuel is the very same promise that He gave us before He left this earth:

“surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:20b

And that is the beauty of Jesus’ coming to earth some 2000 years ago: to have a dynamic, intimate, and meaningful relationship with His “beloved children” (1 John 3:2). Because of our faith in Christ, that’s you and that’s me!

We are so grateful for this season when we set time aside to remember why Jesus came: to set spiritual captives free, to give sight to the spiritually blind, and to give new life to the spiritually dead:

“He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free”
Luke 4:18b

What a gift God has given us in Jesus Christ!!

God is Faithful

God has made Matthew 6:33 become a reality for us this year:

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

As we have sought to put Him and our relationship WITH Him first and foremost, He has given us what we need: deep healing, spiritual growth, and provision for our Wycliffe ministry as well!

Getting Closer!

In our last newsletter, we shared about James’ new role with Wycliffe (supporting Bible translators around the world) and about the shortfall in the ministry budget that Wycliffe has set for us.

Thank you for praying for God’s provision in this! He is providing!!

Since we last wrote, God has reduced our monthly shortfall by almost $750! We currently only need about $560/month more (updated Jan 5) in order to be released to this new role (Lord willing in January).

If God is leading you to help fill this financial gap, please see the options below.

Interested in Financial Partnership?

If you would like to financially partner with us in our Wycliffe ministry, there are a few options:

Sign up online: www.wycliffe.org/partner/ThePosts

Call Wycliffe: 800-992-5433 (our ministry number is 240439)

Mail a check with a separate note saying, “Preference for the Wycliffe ministry of James and Christina Post (240439)” to:

Wycliffe Bible Translators
c/o Receipts Dept
PO Box 628200
Orlando, Florida 32862

Please also contact us so we can thank you (and update our records)!!

Prayer and Praise

  • Praise/Prayer: God continues to provide new prayer and financial partners!
  • Prayer: For James as he starts his new role (Lord willing in January).
  • Prayer: For our family saying “goodbye” to PNG and adjusting to this new “normal”.
  • Praise: James will be able to continue using his skills to serve Bibleless people!
  • Praise: We get to stay and live near our church, family, and friends.

May the peace of Christ be with you and your family.

In Him,

James and Christina

Postings: An Exciting New Role

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.” Isaiah 55:8

James, Christina, and the Post kiddos

Life Without God’s Word…

Have you ever imagined life without God’s Word in English? What if you had to learn a foreign language JUST so you could read or hear John 3:16?

“Yanti, kiloa, wiyan bag nurun unnug ta pital katan mikan ta agelo ka Eloi koba wakal lin ba yarakai-willug minki kanun.”
(John 3:16 in Awabakal of Australia)

If God’s Word was in a different language, would you understand it? How would you even know that God loves you and sent Jesus to save you from your sins and give you eternal life?

This is the reality for about 2000 language groups around the world today, they don’t have a single verse of Scripture in their own language… How are they to believe in Jesus without Scripture?

“But these [things] are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
John 20:31

An Exciting New Role

We have been living and serving in Papua New Guinea (PNG) with Wycliffe Bible Translators since 2011. It has been an honor and a pleasure for us to work alongside Papua New Guineans and other missionaries to help bring God’s Word to people in their language. During our time in PNG, James has helped over 200 different language groups with their translation work!

Urat man with New Testament (courtesy S. Frey)

Now, God has clearly led us to an exciting new role…

Wycliffe has asked James to support and train Bible translators around the world to use computers for Bible translation. James’ future supervisor shared this encouragement regarding his new role:

James understands translators and the issues they wrestle with and is ideally suited to creating training materials, videos, and website content where these translators go for training and support.

Doug Higby – Director of Language Technology Use

While it is incredibly difficult to say goodbye to our time in PNG (we can serve remotely from our home in WA state!!), we are blessed to know that James’ skills will continue being used to help bring God’s life-giving words to Bibleless people around the world!

Our Need

Wycliffe would like to release James to start in this new role in January! We are currently only$1300/month $90/month short of the ministry budget that Wycliffe set for us and we must reach 100% in order for James to be released to serve in this new assignment (shortfall updated Jan 18th). Praise God with us for providing partners to help bring God’s Word to those who need it!!

Pray with Us!

Prayer is a powerful thing! We are so grateful for all of the people who have prayed with us that God would bring in the necessary financial partners that we need to be released to this new assignment!

Interested in Financial Partnership?

If you would like to financially partner with us in our Wycliffe ministry, there are a few options:

Sign up online at  www.wycliffe.org/partner/ThePosts

Call Wycliffe: 800-992-5433 (our ministry number is 240439)

You can also mail a check with a separate note saying, “Preference for the Wycliffe ministry of James and Christina Post (240439)” to:

Wycliffe Bible Translators
c/o Receipts Dept
PO Box 628200
Orlando, Florida 32862

Please also contact us so we can thank you!!

Prayer and Praise

  • Prayer: For God to provide new prayer and financial partners.
  • Prayer: For James as he starts his new role (Lord willing in January).
  • Prayer: For our family saying “goodbye” to PNG and adjusting to this new “normal”.
  • Praise: James will be able to continue using his skills to serve Bibleless people!
  • Praise: We get to stay near our church, family, and friends.

Thank you for praying for our family and our Wycliffe ministry,

In Him,

James and Christina

James & Christina Post, Mikayla, Laurel, Timothy, Nathaniel, Julia, & Adalynn

Postings: Next Steps and God’s Faithfulness

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.” Isaiah 55:8

James & Christina Post, Mikayla, Laurel, Timothy, Nathaniel, Julia, & Adalynn

Pursuing God Through Uncertainty

Over the last several months, God has made it abundantly clear that He is WITH us through uncertainty, in trials, and in the darkest valleys, He is WITH us as we seek His face, and He is faithful to complete the good work He started in us. Here are some of the verses that He’s used to comfort and encourage us during this time:

  • “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6 (God started this work in us and He is going to be the one to finish it!)
  • Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deut 31:6 (He is WITH us, ALWAYS!)
  • Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 (First submit to God, then do battle with the enemy.)
  • But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33 (Seek the things of God first and foremost, and He will take care of the rest.)

Our Next Steps

In drawing near to Him and to each other, He continues to lead and guide us.

JAARS – A New Location to Serve

Our next step is to serve at JAARS, a Wycliffe support center in North Carolina. We plan to move in January and hope to be there for about one year before heading back to PNG. While there, James will continue to support and train Bible translators to use computers for Bible translation. James’ future supervisor encouraged us in a recent conversation:

“What you do… fits perfectly with [this] department and I’m perfectly happy for you to come on board.”

What a blessing to know that James’ skills will continue being used to help bring Bibles to the Bibleless!

Our Financial Need

In order to start working at JAARS, we need to reach 100% of our Wycliffe ministry budget. We are currently over $1400/month short.

  • If you’re not already part of our partnership team, would you prayerfully consider joining us?
  • If you already are partnering with us, would you prayerfully consider increasing what you are already giving?
  • We can also share with your small group, Bible study, or church using Zoom!

If you would like to get involved in any way, please let us know! You can also use the information below to get started.

Interested in Financial Partnership?

If you would like to financially partner with us in our Wycliffe ministry, you can sign up online at www.ThePostsInPNG.com/partner.

You can also mail a check with a separate note saying, “Preference for the Wycliffe ministry of James and Christina Post (240439)” to:

Wycliffe Bible Translators
c/o Receipts Dept
PO Box 628200
Orlando, Florida 32862

Prayer and Praise

  • Prayer: For God to provide the prayer and financial partnership that we need, including new partners.
  • Prayer: For the upcoming transition to JAARS.
  • Praise: James can continue using his skills to serve Bibleless people!
  • Praise: God provided a beautiful house in the country!

Thank you for continuing to pray for and support our family and our Wycliffe ministry. God has blessed us greatly through you.

In Him,

James and Christina

Postings: It’s like the Apostle Paul is speaking directly to me!

“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” (Hebrews 4:12a) (NLT)

God’s Word Comes Alive!

It’s amazing what God can do as He makes His Word come alive to us! This happened recently in Papua New Guinea (PNG), as Bible translators for the Nukna language were checking Colossians. One of the translators couldn’t help but smile and laugh, because the translation spoke directly to his heart. He said, “It’s like Paul knows the Nukna language and is speaking directly to me!”

Nukna Translators (photo courtesy M. Taylor)

God’s Word is timeless and crosses all language and cultural barriers! Even though Paul wrote these words almost 2000 years ago, the Holy Spirit made them come alive in the heart of this Nukna man. What a testimony to the life-giving power of the Scriptures!

God’s Ways are Not Our Ways

Have you ever tried to get God’s “stamp of approval” on your plans, but God gently and lovingly redirects you? Well, He has done that with the timeline for our return to PNG. For a variety of reasons, Wycliffe has asked us to stay in the U.S. until next year:

  • COVID-19 has made visiting churches and partners extremely difficult.
  • God has been doing wonderful work in us individually, in our marriage, and in our family, and we are using this extra time to grow healthier in preparation for our return to PNG.
  • We are currently over $1000/month below the ministry budget that Wycliffe has set for us to live and work in PNG.

We are also grateful that James will have the chance to work remotely, including revising and updating materials used for training Papua New Guinean Bible translators.

We Need a New Place to Live…

Our rental agreement is up on June 20, so we are looking for a new place to live/rent.

If you know of somebody with a possible place to live/rent in SW Washington state, would you be willing to reach out to them for us?

While God has rewritten our plans for 2020, we know that He is in this, and we look forward to seeing how He will use this time.

Has God changed your plans recently? Please let us know how we can be praying for you.

Prayer and Praise

  • Prayer: For God to use our time in the U.S. for His glory and our growth.
  • Prayer: For God to provide a new place to live/rent.
  • Prayer/Praise: For God’s grace in homeschooling our children.
  • Praise: For God’s continued work in our marriage and family.
  • Praise: God’s Word is going out to the people of PNG.

Through your prayers and financial partnership, you are partnering with us to help bring God’s Word to the Nukna people, and to many other language groups throughout PNG.

Thank you!!

James and Christina

James & Christina Post, Mikayla, Laurel, Timothy, Nathaniel, Julia, & Adalynn

Postings: Sharing in Michigan

“I long to see you… that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” Romans 1:11-12a (ESV)

A Trip to Michigan

We are visiting Michigan to share about our Wycliffe ministry in Papua New Guinea (PNG)!

  • James will arrive tomorrow (March 12th).
  • Christina will join him next week (March 19th).
  • We fly back to Washington state on March 24th.

Come Hear Our Stories!

We have a number of opportunities to visit with you and share stories from our time in PNG:

Please let us know if you can join us for any of these times and we can send you details.

Prayer and Praise

  • Prayer: For our travel and our time to connect with partners in Michigan.
  • Prayer: For a vehicle to borrow in the SE Michigan area.
  • Praise: For God making His Word come alive in our everyday lives!

In Him,

James and Christina

“The greatest missionary is the Bible in the mother tongue. It needs no furlough and is never considered a foreigner.” — William Cameron Townsend (Wycliffe founder)

Postings: “It’s like Jesus has become one of us…”

“How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number — living things both large and small.” Psalm 104:24-25 (NIV)

Gorgeous PNG

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is one of the most beautiful countries in the world! It is full of God’s handiwork: dense tropical rainforests, breath-taking mountains, gorgeous waterfalls and coastlines, abounding wildlife, and amazing creatures:

A tropical view

It’s also home to over 800 unique languages! Take a beautiful tour of PNG and learn about the importance of Bible translation in the short video below:

Your Love Will Surely Come Find Us (Video)

What Language Does God Speak?

God loves all the people of the world deeply, but many of them have not yet heard His Good News in a way that pierces their hearts. Over 200 of these people groups are in PNG alone! Can you imagine trying to understand God’s Word in another language, like Russian, Chinese, or Swedish? That’s what it’s like for people who do not yet have God’s Word in their own language.

But, God comes near when He speaks their language! One person said:

“It’s like Jesus has become one of us… he speaks our language and knows our culture.”

Excited to have God’s Word in the Binumarien language!

God’s Word to the Bibleless

Through training/supporting Bible translators to use computers for Bible translation, we are helping bring God’s Word to the bibleless people of PNG.

Training Papua New Guineans

Prayer and Praise

  • Prayer: Our sharing time at different churches in the next few months.
  • Prayer: Time to connect with our financial partners.
  • Praise: We recently went to a fantastic and refreshing marriage workshop.
  • Praise: For God’s faithfulness in our marriage and family.

Your prayers and financial partnership help make it possible for Papua New Guineans to understand that Jesus speaks their language and knows and loves them.

Thank you!!

James and Christina

James & Christina Post, Mikayla, Laurel, Timothy, Nathaniel, Julia, & Adalynn

Postings: Adalynn Rose, God’s Heart for All People, and Furlough Happenings

Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples! (Psalm 96:3)

Introducing Adalynn Rose Post

Adalynn Rose Post (pronounced “Add-uh-Lynn”) was born on Sept 1, 2019). She is a precious and sweet addition to our family. She enjoys smiling, laughing, and cooing and the kids love to help out and spend time with her. We are very grateful for a happy, healthy baby.

Adalynn Rose
Post Kiddos

God’s Heart for All People

There is a fantastic course called “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement” that Christina and I have both taken. It opened our eyes to how God is moving throughout the world, and that he is inviting all of us to be more involved in sharing the Gospel with whoever he brings into our lives. This could be through local outreach, prayer, giving, going overseas, or any combination of those things. There are so many ways that we can be involved in doing God’s work!

We are excited to have the opportunity to be involved in a local Perspectives course, starting in January! We will be attending weekly sessions, building relationships with and praying for the instructors and participants, and sharing about Wycliffe’s role in Bible translation.

Want to learn more about Perspectives? Check out the video below and find a Perspectives Course near you!

Video: What is God’s Heart for All People?

Furlough Happenings

We have also been keeping busy with adjusting to a new baby, homeschooling, sharing about our Wycliffe ministry, and even helping remotely with technical issues in PNG! It’s been great to visit family here and in Michigan.

Farnell Family Reunion
The Post Family

We are looking forward to sharing more about our Wycliffe ministry during the rest of our furlough. We’d love to get together with you, your church, or your small group! Please let us know if you’re interested.

Prayer and Praise

Without your prayers, we would not be able to do the ministry that God has called us to. Thank you for praying!

  • Prayer: That God would use the Perspectives Course to bring glory to his name, draw people to himself, and ignite in them a passion to be more involved in fulfilling the Great Commission.
  • Prayer: For a healthy, restful furlough.
  • Prayer: Affordable plane tickets to Michigan.
  • Praise: Our family is adjusting well to a new baby.
  • Praise: Homeschooling is going well.

Grateful for you,

James and Christina

Post Family