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

Postings: Transitions, Reconnecting, and Blessings

“If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.” Psalm 139:9-10

We came back to the US in June for baby leave and furlough. Christina’s pregnancy is going well and we are looking forward to meeting our little one in the next few weeks (Christina is due on Sept 2nd in PNG, Sept 1st in the US).

A Time of Transitions

Many people ask, “what do you do on furlough?” It’s a good question, and one that we can answer in many ways depending on the day. As missionaries, we go through a lot of transition. A. Lot. That’s a lot of packing, a lot of moving, a lot of flying, a lot of tearful goodbyes, a lot of warm hellos, and a lot of timezones. We have packed or unpacked our suitcases almost 30 times since just before we left PNG. We’ve been in PNG, Australia, Hawaii, Washington State, Oregon, Canada, Michigan, and slept in over 10 different places. We’re a bit tired, but God has been with us through it all.

Home safe (with all our luggage)!

Somebody recently commented how well our kids did on a plane. I said “they’re professional travelers”. :-) Despite being so good at traveling, the transitions do take their toll on us, our marriage, our kids, and our family. In the midst of all of these transitions, we try to stay spiritually, emotionally, and physically healthy as individuals and a family. We try to cherish moments like yesterday morning, where our whole family just played outside and sat on the front steps talking. Or enjoying a sunset together. Even though they may be brief moments, they are special.

Enjoying a sunset in Hawaii
Time together is precious

Reconnecting with Friends and Family

Living and working overseas has taught us the value of our connections all over the world. Our kids have lots of Aunts and Uncles, Grandpas and Grandmas, friends and cousins. Some are in PNG, some are in the US, and others are scattered throughout the world. They all are an important part of the support network that God has given us. One of the main reasons for furlough is to reconnect with friends, family, and churches in the US. We’ve been able to reconnect with many people in our time so far in the US, and look forward to many more warm hellos.

A God of Many Blessings

God has given us many blessings during our stay in the US so far. Here are a few highlights:

  • An enjoyable time at a family reunion in Washington State.
  • Visits with missionary friends from Malaysia, the Middle East, and Colorado.
  • A chance to visit family in Michigan and go to a family reunion there. The last one we went to was in 2015 before Nathaniel was born! For some family, this was their first time meeting Nathaniel and Julia.
  • Water spilled on Christina’s computer, but insurance is covering the purchase of a new one!
  • The house we are renting (in Woodland, WA) is within walking distance to our church, and very close to several family members. And friends/family helped move in our things before we arrived!
  • Victory over intense spiritual attack while in Michigan through the prayers of family. “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16b)
  • Very affordable plane tickets to Michigan, and a generous gift to cover them.
  • An affordable and reliable vehicle that will fit our whole family (including baby).

Prayer and Praise

Your prayers for our family and our Wycliffe ministry are crucial, wherever we are in the world. Thank you for lifting us up in prayer!

  • Prayer: For Christina, the baby, and the upcoming delivery.
  • Praise: For safety as we have traveled and transitioned across the world and across North America.
  • Prayer: For emotional, spiritual, and physical health during our furlough.

In Him,

James and Christina

Postings: Introducing Zacc Oraro, Baby, and Furlough Plans

A Co-Worker and Brother in Christ

For a number of months, we’ve asked you to pray for God to provide a co-worker in the Language Software office. Specifically, that Zacc Oraro would be able to join me (James).

Bible translator, Zacc, and James

God has answered our prayers! Zacc is going to officially be a part of the Language Software team! THANK YOU for praying.

I first met Zacc a number of years ago when he started working with our organization here in Papua New Guinea (PNG). He did computer support for a number of years, and during that time we became good friends. We share a sense of humor and a passion for serving Bible translators in PNG.

Our friendship was greatly deepened when Zacc lost his wife due to complications in childbirth. I had the opportunity to mourn with him in Port Moresby (the capital city of PNG). When we saw each other, Zacc burst into tears and enveloped me in a big bear hug. Through the tears he asked, “Why did you come so far?!?!” My answer was simple, “Because I love you!” We spent the next few days together, mourning the loss of Zacc’s wife, making funeral preparations, and visiting the newly born baby who was struggling for life in the NICU. After a few days, Zacc’s baby also passed away. This was especially hard to watch, but I was very grateful that we could be together during that time. Through this trial, Zacc went from a good friend to my best Papua New Guinean friend. God is good. He also wanted to personally testify to God’s goodness in taking him from a place to despair and mourning after losing his wife and baby to hope in Christ and being able to serve others again.

Over the years, Zacc has helped teach a number of computer courses to Papua New Guineans. He has a knack for teaching them with grace and patience and I’m excited that he will now be more directly involved in supporting Bible translators in the office.

“He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord.”
Col 4:7b (NIV)

Paratext 1 Course (Zacc in the upper-right)

Zacc has also grown close to our family, and loves it when the kids call him “Papa Zacc.” He and his daughter Aimee celebrated Mikayla and Laurel’s birthdays with us this year.

Mikayla and Laurel’s birthday celebration

His heart to serve the Lord and to love life while doing it is so evident. He is a blessing to our family, and to the Bible translators he supports.

Papa Zacc praying for Mikayla and Laurel

My parents were very happy to meet Zacc during their visit. He was full of heartfelt gratitude for their prayers when he lost his wife and baby.

James, Zacc, Douglas and Rachel Post

I look forward to working more closely with Zacc, and watching the Lord continue to work in and through him.

Baby and Furlough Plans

We are returning to the Woodland, WA area on June 13th for baby leave and furlough. Christina is due on September 2nd and our furlough will continue until June 2020. We have plans to make a road trip to Michigan (and other states) and hope to see many of you!

God has already been working to prepare the way for our time in the US! We ask for your continued prayers that he would provide for our furlough (see below for prayers and praises).

Prayer and Praise

  • Praise: God has provided renters for our house in Ukarumpa (our support center in PNG).
  • Praise: God provided a well maintained van for our furlough!
  • Prayer: For an affordable house to rent in the Woodland, WA area.
  • Prayer: For our Ukarumpa vehicle to be fixed soon.
  • Prayer: For the use of a second, smaller vehicle for our furlough.
  • Prayer: For a good pregnancy and for Christina’s nausea and sleep.
  • Prayer: For the stress of preparing for furlough (packing, saying goodbyes, etc).
  • Prayer: For our family to transition well to life in the US.

If you have any leads on housing or a smaller vehicle, please let us know.

Grateful for you,

James and Christina

Postings: 2018 Scripture Celebration

“So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
Isaiah 55:11 (NIV)

Our Favorite Sunday of the Year

Each November, we celebrate the Scriptures that were published in Papua New Guinea (PNG) over the last year. It’s our favorite Sunday of the year!

In 2018, 29 different people groups in PNG received New Testaments or portions of Scripture in their own language, a language that speaks directly to their hearts!

A joyful celebration (photo courtesy S. Frey)

29 Languages Received Scripture

Below is a list of the languages that received newly translated Scriptures in 2018. You can see God’s handiwork even in the uniqueness of the language names:

Angor
Arop-Sissano
Baruga
Bauni Barupu
Bauni Pou
Binumarien
Bouni Sumo
Doromu-Koki
Edolo
Enga
Gizrra
Kombio-Wampukuam
Kombio-Yanimoi
Lote
Madi

Malol
Mangseng
Menya
Misima
Mouwase
Nama
Nek
Onnele Goiniri
Onnele Romei Barera
Onnele Wolwale
Patpatar
Ramoaaina
Sissano
Uni Ramo

These Scriptures were published in a variety of formats:

*Scripture Portions: Books of the Bible like Esther, Matthew, or Ephesians, etc.

When God brought us to PNG, we had no idea what he would accomplish while we were here. It’s been an honor to have helped many of these languages during their translation process. To celebrate that these languages groups have Scripture… what a joy!

Scripture Celebration Video

Rejoice with us that God has provided these Scriptures to the people of Papua New Guinea! Here is a video about the event:

Scripture Celebration (video link)

Prayer and Praise

  • Praise: So many language groups received Scripture in 2018!
  • Prayer: For these language communities to be transformed by God’s Word.
  • Prayer: For additional people with technical and linguistic skills to help with the work in James’ office.
  • Prayer/Praise: Furlough starts in June, 2019! Please pray for all the things that need to happen between now and when we leave on furlough.

In Him,

James and Christina

Postings: Christmas in PNG

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. ~ John 1:14 (NIV)

We are looking forward to celebrating Christmas this year in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and the Mouwase people are excited about “seeing” Jesus in the Jesus Film (video below).

Jesse Tree and Christmas Carols

Christina co-hosted a Jesse Tree Ornament exchange with almost 20 ladies in Ukarumpa (our support center). Jesse Tree ornaments are an excellent reminder that the stories of the Old Testament all point to Jesus, from Creation, to Abraham, David, the many prophecies about the Messiah, and much more.

Jesse Tree Ornaments

Noah’s Ark with Rainbow, Scroll, Fiery Furnace, and Baby Jesus

We are also looking forward to the our annual “Christmas Carols and Cookies” event. It’s fun to gather with people from our community from all different cultures to sing favorite Christmas carols and enjoy Christmas treats together. This year we plan to have a candlelight portion too.

Mikayla at the 2016 Candlelight Service

Laurel at the 2016 Candlelight Service

Timothy at the 2016 Candlelight Service

Mouwase Jesus Film Dedication

The Mouwase language group is celebrating Christmas in a whole new way this year, they just dedicated the Jesus Film in Mouwase! The Jesus Film is based on the book of Luke, has been translated into almost 1700 languages throughout the world, and has been shown to over 8 billion people since 1979. As many people “see” Jesus, they realize that the stories about Jesus are true and their hearts are opened to His gift of eternal life.

I love the awe and wonder in the faces of the people watching the Jesus Film in this picture:

Poster of a Jesus Film showing in Africa

One Mouwase speaker said this about watching the Jesus Film in her own language:

“This film is about Christmas. Sometimes . . . we have Christmas at home and people try to read the story of Jesus [but] it’s been written in different languages so our people don’t really understand why we celebrate Christmas… But today, it’s written in our own language and… when this Christmas comes everyone will enjoy it because they will hear the voice spoken in their own language.”

Click below to watch a video about the Mouwase Jesus Film Dedication:

Mouwase Jesus Film Dedication (video link)

You can learn more about the Jesus Film here: www.jesusfilm.org/

Prayer and Praise

  • Praise: Mikayla has decided to follow Jesus!!
  • Prayer: For our children to grasp the true meaning of Christmas.
  • Prayer: For additional people with technical and linguistic skills to help with the work in James’ office.
  • Praise: We had a wonderful visit with James’ parents!

Visit with James’ Parents

Merry Christmas!!  May you have a deeper understanding of Christ’s love as you celebrate His birth!

In Him,

James and Christina

Postings: Training Translators

Paratext 1 Course

In August, James had the privilege of training 16 Papua New Guinean Bible translators from 9 different language groups.  The training was in Paratext, a computer program used for Bible translation.  We had an enjoyable time!  One of the most rewarding things was watching as these Bible translators typed their own translations using Paratext.

Paratext 1 Class (image courtesy of Z. Oraro)

Sudest Team

People came from all over Papua New Guinea (PNG), traveling by boat, plane, and/or PMV (Public Motor Vehicle).  The Sudest team in particular had to travel a LONG way to get here.

Sudest Team (image courtesy of Z. Oraro)

Sudest Island is about as remote as you can get. In order to get to the mainland of PNG, they had to travel 29 HOURS by boat (about 200 miles over the open ocean)! Then they took a plane to Ukarumpa (our support center).

Red marker is Sudest Island, blue marker is Ukarumpa (image courtesy of Google)

On top of that, they had never used computers before!  So their training started with a 2-week computer course teaching the basics of computing (typing, mouse skills, etc).  This helped prepare them for the skills they would learn in Paratext.  Despite these difficulties, it was exciting to see them learn and work as a team.

Keakalo Team

The Keakalo team was also a joy to work with.

Keakalo Team: Pepena, Koloma, and Oneau (image courtesy of Z. Oraro)

These men are leaders in their community, have good computer skills, and came to the Paratext Course so they could become trainers in their own language group (30,000 – 40,000 speakers).  They are passionate about seeing God’s Word in their own language and there are 30-35 Keakola people interested in being involved in Bible translation!

Zacc Oraro

James was excited to mentor Zacc Oraro, a member of the PNG Bible Translation Association, so that he can teach the Paratext 1 Course in the future.

Andrew (Kou translator), Zacc, and James (image courtesy of Z. Oraro)

Zacc is a dear friend who would like to join James in supporting Bible translation software.  This would be a tremendous encouragement for both of us!

Prayer and Praise

  • Prayer: For these Bible translators to use their new skills in their own Bible translations.
  • Praise: James’ parents are visiting us in PNG from Sept 18 – Oct 12!
  • Prayer: For Zacc to be able to join James in the office.
  • Prayer: For another co-worker (Kim) to return from Australia in good health.
  • Praise: Finishing the revision of the Paratext 1 Coursebook.

Through your prayers and support, God has made it possible for us to be involved in Bible translation in PNG.  Thank you!

James and Christina