Postings: Effectively Training Bible Translators and Baby News


Paratext 2 Course Report

The latest training course (Paratext Level 2) that we ran here in Papua New Guinea went really well!  It was encouraging to see 8 PNG Bible translators from 5 different languages (Awad Bing, Borong, Nankina, Ngaing, and Pouye) learning how to better use computers for Bible translation.  This was the 3rd Paratext Course that was run since we came back in May.

Paratext 2 Class

Paratext 2 Class

Encouraging Translation Progress

We were especially encouraged by Dan Tumaka, a Paratext 2 participant from the Borong language group.  He had come to the Level 1 Course in November 2016.  He seemed to struggle to learn the content and had a computer that would die if the power cord was jiggled just a little bit.  Despite these issues, he went back to his village and was able to draft TEN chapters in about 3 months.  That’s almost a chapter per week, which is remarkable!  With all of that practice, he turned out to be one of the best students in the Paratext 2 Course.  The course staff was also able to help him get a reliable computer and solar setup so that he could work in the village without having to worry about his computer.

Dan and James

Dan and James

Baby News

In just a few days, we will be on our way to the U.S. to have Baby #5!  We leave on March 13th and arrive in the U.S. on March 15th.  Our plan is to be in Woodland, Washington for the birth of the baby and return to PNG as soon as we can get the necessary paperwork (passport/visa/etc.) processed for the baby to come back with us.  :-)  Thank you for your prayers for us as we make this transition.  You can find specific prayer requests below.

Continuing to Train Bible Translators

While we are in the U.S., I (James) will be “remotely assigned” to continue working with our organization in PNG.  My role will be to continue to develop and revise the training materials that are used to teach the Paratext Courses in PNG.  A friend who taught a previous course with one of the handbooks that I developed was very grateful and said:

  • “The Paratext handbooks that James has developed are very useful in teaching Papua New Guineans how to use Bible Translation software effectively. They’re designed in such a way that I have very minimal preparation to do in order to teach a course. I just open the books and follow each lesson, step-by-step. What James is doing is a huge benefit to the work of Bible translation.” — David Midkiff (Translator and Linguist)

It is encouraging to be able to provide the training materials for these courses and to be able to stay involved in the work in PNG while we’re home to have this baby.

Prayer and Praise

Your prayers provide a solid foundation for our Wycliffe ministry in PNG.  THANK YOU for praying for us and partnering with us in the work of Bible translation.

  • A place to live while we are in Washington
  • A vehicle to drive while we are in Washington
  • Wisdom and energy as we pack and prepare for this transition
  • Safe and smooth travels from Ukarumpa –> Port Moresby, PNG –> Brisbane, Australia –> Vancouver, BC, Canada –> Portland, OR
  • Rest and good health (some of us are fighting colds)

In Him,

James and Christina

Postings: Scripture Dedications in PNG and an Exciting Addition


Scripture Dedications

Over the last year or so in Papua New Guinea (PNG), there have been MANY Scripture dedications in multiple different languages.  Before Christmas, we celebrated these as a mission community and we’ve wanted to send an update about it ever since.

Papua New Guineans represented the people groups around the country who had received Scripture in their own language:

Celebrating Scripture in many languages

Celebrating Scripture in many languages

New Testament/New Testament plus Old Testament Portions

4 languages (including Hinsaal-Patpatar , Urat, and Yopno) received full New Testaments, and 3 languages (Dedua, Wantoat, and Waris) received full New Testaments and portions of the Old Testament.

Kasua New Testament

Kasua New Testament

Mini Bibles

13 different languages (including Anuki, Are, and Buhutu) received Mini Bibles: an overview of the Bible created from portions of many different New Testament and Old Testament books.

Kuniawa Mini Bible

Kuniawa Mini Bible

Scripture Portions

Before publishing a full New Testament, translators will often publish portions of Scripture.  This can include books like Genesis and Luke published in the Adzera language or Mark, Colossians, Titus, and Philemon published in the Teop language.  5 different languages received Scripture portions over this last year.  We love to see Scripture get into the hands of the people as soon as it is available.

The Bible is like an open book in your own language.

The Bible is like an open book in your own language.

Languages Impacted

In total, 33 different languages received Scripture in the last year in PNG.  Praise God!  I (James) have personally worked with several of these languages since we came to PNG in 2011.  We are grateful for the opportunity to be involved in translating Scripture into the languages of PNG.

An Exciting Addition

It’s hard to believe that Baby Post #5 is due in just a few months (May 5th)!  Our kids keep asking when the baby will be here, and Timothy thinks it’s coming in a few days.  :-D  We currently have a single bathroom and all 4 kids in a single bedroom.

Mikayla, Laurel, Timothy, and Nathaniel in bed.

Mikayla, Laurel, Timothy, and Nathaniel in bed.

As the boys and girls get older, we really want them to not have to sleep in the same bedroom.  It’d also be REALLY nice to have an extra bathroom.

So… we’re planning on adding an addition to our house!  We’ll be adding 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom.  It’s a fun and exciting time of planning and expecting.  Would you please pray with us as we proceed with this project?

If you’d like to know more details, please feel free to contact us.

Prayer and Praise

  • Praise: The Paratext 8 Workshop that James helped run went well and had about 20 participants.
  • Prayer: For the upcoming Paratext Course – almost 15 Papua New Guinean Bible translators are planning on attending.
  • Prayer: For Christina and the baby in the last few months of pregnancy.
  • Prayer: For our house addition.

Thank you for your partnership in our ministry,

James and Christina

Postcard: Merry Christmas from the Posts in PNG


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

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

“She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.'” (Matthew 1:23b)

Merry Christmas from PNG

What a joy to be able to celebrate the coming of the Messiah, our Savior, God with us!

May your Christmas be full of joy, wrapped in peace, and as abundant in adoration as the shepherds were so many years ago!

With love in Christ,

James, Christina, and Family

“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)

Postings: Training Bible Translators, Thanksgiving and Christmas in PNG


“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10b-11)

Paratext Course

The Paratext 1 Course went well.  Thank you for your prayers.  We had 15 participants from all over Papua New Guinea (PNG), representing the Angor, Arapesh, Asaro’o, Borong, Burum-Mindik, Dedua, Ese, Kala, Mussau, and Pouye language groups.

Paratext 1 Course Photo

Paratext 1 Course Group Photo

I am glad that so many could come to learn how to do Bible translation using a computer, especially because some of them have been doing translation for over a decade or even longer!  We had a good time learning about using the Paratext software for Bible translation.  They especially liked performing this skit, which helped solidify their learning:

Good Times, Great Learning, Lots of Laughs!

Good Times, Great Learning, Lots of Laughs!

Christmas and Thanksgiving in PNG

We’re getting ready to celebrate Christmas here in PNG.  That means shorts, a T-shirt, garden-fresh pineapple, and perhaps even a BBQ!

SIX ripe pineapples picked in our backyard garden. YUM!!

SIX ripe pineapples picked in our backyard garden. YUM!!

It’s definitely different to celebrate the “winter holidays” in 70-80 degree weather… not exactly the “White Christmas” you’ve been dreaming of.  ;-)

We’ve been enjoying getting our kiddos involved in our Christmas preparations, especially helping them learn Christmas carols and reminding them that Jesus is the reason we celebrate.  They even get to see a Living Nativity that their friends are acting in!

Mikayla, the Star, an Angel, and Laurel

Mikayla, the Star, an Angel, and Laurel

We’re also looking forward to leading a Christmas Carol Sing-Along this Sunday.  It should be a fun time of singing favorite Christmas carols with our friends.

One of the most difficult things about being in PNG is being away from family and friends in the U.S. during the holidays.  It’s during those times that we miss you more than ever, and recognize the importance of our friendships here in PNG even more.

Thanksgiving with Friends

Thanksgiving with Friends

Thank you for your prayers during this Christmas season and as we move into the New Year.

In Him,

James and Christina

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests!” (Luke 2:14)

Postings: Exciting Expectations


We are expecting a number of things in the next few months to a year.  Be sure to check out our most exciting news at the end of this newsletter.

Paratext 1 Course

We are expecting about 20 Papua New Guinean Bible translators for a Paratext 1 Course in about 1.5 weeks (Nov 2-15).  I (James) am excited to teach them how to better use computers for Bible translation.  We are also looking forward to hosting them for tea, getting to know them, and hearing their stories of how God called them into Bible translation.

June Paratext Course Graduation Tea

June Paratext Course Graduation Tea

Improving Bible Translations

My trip to Thailand went really well, both for me in Thailand and for Christina and the kiddos in PNG.  Christina was just sharing that it went very well and that she could totally feel your prayers.  THANK YOU for praying!

Much of my training in Thailand was about improvements to the translation software (Paratext).  We expect that translation teams in PNG will be able to use this updated software in the future to improve their translations and translation process.

I also got to ride an elephant AND enjoy excellent Thai food!

Elephant Ride!

Elephant Ride

The Most Exciting News

Our most exciting news is that we are expecting a baby in May 2017!!

Reserved: May 2017

Reserved: May 2017

We are happy that we will be able to have this baby in PNG at a mission-run hospital.  We are grateful for this opportunity because it will be a lot less stressful to make this transition to a family of 7 without two international moves on either side of the delivery. :-)

We were amazed to see our baby actively moving in the ultrasound!  Click on the picture below to see the video!  It’s amazing to see such detail when the baby is only about 2″ long!

Look at the detail in that hand!!

Look at the detail in that hand!!

Prayer and Praise

  • Praise: The gift of a new life!
  • Prayer: Safety and health for Christina and the baby.
  • Prayer: James, the Bible translators, and mentors during the Paratext Course.
  • Praise: A good trip to Thailand.

In Christ,

James and Christina

Postings: Please Pray for James’ Trip to Thailand


I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. (Genesis 28:15a)

Thailand!

I (James) am leaving for a conference in Thailand in less than 2 days!  I will be gone from Monday, Oct 3 – Friday, Oct 14.  This conference will enable me to better support Bible translators in Papua New Guinea (PNG).  It’s exciting and yet a bit intimidating at the same time.  I’ve never traveled to Thailand before (or any part of Asia except PNG), so would appreciate prayers for all of the travel to go smoothly.  I’ll be traveling through Australia on the way and Singapore on the way back.

I’m looking forward to some authentic Pad Thai (and other traditional Thai dishes), riding an elephant, and seeing the sights of Chiang Mai (where our conference will be held).

I'm excited about riding an elephant!

I’m excited about riding an elephant!

What Will Christina and the Kiddos Do?

Christina will be at home alone with the kiddos while I’m gone.  Please pray for her as she manages the household and all that entails.  We’ve never been apart for this long before.  We are grateful that a number of missionary and Papua New Guinean friends will be available to help.  Judging by this photo (when we only had 3 kids), I think she’ll manage quite well!

Super Mom!

Super Mom!

Fun Picture from PNG

One of the things we love about PNG is the fresh produce.  Take a look at these carrots from our Papua New Guinean friend’s garden!

Carrots thicker than Nathaniel's leg!

Carrots thicker than Nathaniel’s leg!

Prayer/Praise

Here are some ways you can pray/praise with us:

  • Praise: God has provided this opportunity to better serve the people of PNG.
  • Prayer: For Christina and the kids as they are home without James.  Christina also has a cold right now.
  • Praise: The majority of the costs of this trip (travel, lodging, and food) are being covered because it’s a “business” trip.
  • Prayer: For travel to go smoothly, and James to return in time for Nathaniel’s 1st birthday (Oct 15).

In Him,

James and Christina

Postings: The Spiritual Climate in PNG


It’s So Cold!!  It’s So Hot!!

The other night was the COLDEST night we’ve had since we came to PNG 5 years ago.  By the time the sun came up, it had “warmed” up to the low 40s outside.

It's so Cold!!

It’s so Cold!!

In the meantime, our bedroom was a whopping 46 degrees F.  BRRRRR!!

By late morning, the direct sunlight had heated our thermometer to over 100 degrees F!

It's so hot!!

It’s so hot!!

This isn’t the first time we’ve had large temperature fluctuations within the same day.  And luckily that was just the temperature in direct sunlight: the “real” temperature averages about 75 – 80 degrees during the day.

The Spiritual Climate in PNG

The spiritual climate in PNG is much like the above temperatures.  Some people are on fire for Jesus and the Gospel while others are unfortunately cold and unreceptive.  It’s heart breaking when we hear stories of the stronghold that the enemy still has over some people in PNG, but we know that God has been and is working in the hearts of the people here.

For example: shortly before we came to PNG, Ukarumpa village (just across the river from Ukarumpa center) had a very violent fight which resulted in the deaths of multiple people.  But God has worked in the hearts of many there and just this past weekend they celebrated 6 years of peace by presenting a love offering to the Lord (they’ve been doing this annually for the last 6 years).  It was an overwhelming response from the people, expressing their thanks to God for the peace He has granted them:

Arranging the Love Offering

Arranging the Love Offering

An Outpouring of Thankfulness

An Outpouring of Thankfulness

It’s neat to hear stories like this, showing how God is working in the hearts of the people here in PNG.

Thank you for your part in praying for and financially supporting us and our Wycliffe ministry in PNG.  We couldn’t do it without the faithful prayers and financial gifts from so many of you!

Prayer and Praise

Here are some ways that you can continue to pray for us:

  • Prayer: Plane tickets: James is going to a conference in Thailand in October.
  • Prayer: For James as he plans out revisions for a Basic Computing Course here in Ukarumpa
  • Praise: The dry season (yes, there’s a “dry” season in PNG) lasted longer than we were expecting and we were very short on drinking water.  We were able to get a HUGE new tank installed (2500 gallons!), fill it with river water, and purify it.  At the same time, it started raining more regularly.
  • Prayer and Praise: Our whole family has been adjusting well to life back in PNG.  Please pray as we continue to adjust.
  • Praise: As of August 15th, we’ve been in PNG for 5 years!  Praise God!

In Christ,

James and Christina

Postings: Teaching a 2-Week Training Course


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

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

Getting Settled in PNG

It’s amazing that we’ve already been in Papua New Guinea (PNG) for over 2 weeks!  God has been good to us.  It’s really nice to be back in OUR house, and to be making it into our HOME again.  Thank you for your continued prayers as we get settled back into life in Ukarumpa (our support center in PNG).

2-Week Training Course

I (James) have started a 2-week training course here in Ukarumpa, running from June 8 – 21.

Translators and mentors on the porch

Translators and mentors on the porch

We have 11 Papua New Guinean Bible translators from 8 different languages.  They are here to learn how to better use a computer program called Paratext to help with their Bible translations.  We have heard many translators say that with computers, they are able to work more efficiently and with greater accuracy.  It’s awesome to be a part of this training!

We thought you would enjoy seeing some pictures from previous Paratext courses that I have taught or provided the materials for (while on furlough).

2012 Paratext Course

2012 Paratext Course

2013 Paratext 2 Course

2013 Paratext 2 Course

2014 Paratext 2 Course

2014 Paratext 2 Course

2015 Paratext 1 Course

2015 Paratext 1 Course

2015 Paratext 2 Course

2015 Paratext 2 Course

2015 Paratext 3 Course

2015 Paratext 3 Course

It’s encouraging to look back on these photos and see some of the work that God has done since we came to PNG.  He brought us here to PNG for this purpose: to train Papua New Guinean Bible translators.  And He has been faithful to make it possible for us to do this.

THANK YOU for your part in helping these men and women of God translate God’s Word into their OWN language.

Prayer and Praise

  • Praise: We are adjusting well to life back in PNG.
  • Prayer: For the Paratext course that James is teaching.
  • Prayer: For the translators and mentors in the course: that they would learn well and be able to apply their new knowledge in their translation projects.
  • Prayer: That we would settle well in our house and community here in PNG.
  • Praise: We are SO grateful that God has increased our financial partnership.  As of this morning, we have reached 100% of our monthly Wycliffe ministry budget.  He is amazing!

Grateful for God bringing us back to PNG,

James and Christina

Facebook Logo 20px P.S. Over the next 2 weeks, we’ll be sharing prayer requests for the translators in the course on our Facebook Page.  Thank you for your prayers for them.

Postings: God’s Blessings in the Midst of Transitions


James & Christina Post, Mikayla, Laurel, Timothy, & Nathaniel (w/ koala)

James & Christina Post, Mikayla, Laurel, Timothy, & Nathaniel (w/ koala)

Transitioning in Australia

We are almost to PNG.  Praise God!  We finished up our packing, by God’s grace and the help of family and friends, and left on our way to PNG on May 10.  We are now in Cairns, Australia, adjusting to the climate (hot!) and time zone (17 hours different from WA), and gearing up for our life in PNG again.

Remember this?!?!  James, Christina, Mikayla, and Laurel on their way to PNG in 2011

Remember this?!?!  James, Christina, Mikayla, and Laurel on their way to PNG in 2011

After the stress of packing, saying goodbyes, and leaving the U.S., we are very grateful that we have this time to decompress and prepare for this next stage of our lives.  Many people have asked how long we plan to be in PNG.  Our answer is “3 years, but it’s in God’s hands.”

Watching God Work

Over the time that we were home in the U.S., we watched God work in a number of ways:

  • He healed us from the traumatic incident that brought us home from PNG.
  • He provided a church family where we were loved and cared for and developed deep friendships, and that prayerfully commissioned us for this term in PNG.
  • He provided for us financially, through many of you, when we came home suddenly and had extra, unexpected expenses.  Thank you again for your involvement in our Wycliffe ministry during that difficult time.
  • He gracious provided for our return to PNG when our Wycliffe ministry budget was significantly raised just weeks before our scheduled flights.

Thank you!

We are so grateful for your participation in our Wycliffe ministry in PNG, through your prayers and faithful financial partnership.  We watched God work over this last month and are almost fully funded (just $150/month short of 100%).  This is a huge blessing for us and we are satisfied that God has worked and that He will sustain us in PNG.  THANK YOU for your part in what God is doing in PNG.

Prayer and Praise

  • Prayer: Our final flights to PNG and Ukarumpa (our support center) this Sunday and Monday (your Saturday and Sunday).
  • Prayer/Praise: Smooth transitions through all of our flights and travels.
  • Praise: All of our luggage has made it with us this far.
  • Prayer: For our adjustment to being back in PNG.
  • Prayer: For the Paratext Course that James is teaching in early June.

Serving a God who works in wondrous ways,

James and Christina

 

Postings: Praise God!


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

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

One Week Until Liftoff

It is hard to believe we’ll be taking off for PNG in just one week!  We are excited to be returning to the work that God has called us to overseas: training Papua New Guinean Bible translators.  Many of you take part in this work with us through prayer and financial gifts.  THANK YOU for being a part of our lives and our Wycliffe ministry.  It is an honor to serve on your behalf in PNG.

Praise God!

We are amazed at God’s handiwork over the last two weeks.  With our recently updated Wycliffe ministry budget, we had a shortfall of over $1000/month.  We are now only $320/month from being fully funded.  God is good!  Thank you to all who have prayed and who have committed to financial partnership with our Wycliffe ministry.

Nathaniel is Ready to Go

Nathaniel is Ready to Go

Packing, Packing, Packing

We are very grateful for the way that God has provided during these last two weeks and now we turn to the final days of packing and preparing to leaving for PNG.  We definitely need your prayers for these last days of decision making and final details.  We are pretty worn out and want to finish strong.  We are SO thankful for all of the help we have received as we prepare to leave.  We could NOT do this without the gracious and helpful hands of so many.

Grateful for a God who Provides,

James and Christina

P.S. If you still feel God leading you to financially partner in our Wycliffe ministry (monthly/quarterly/annually), we would be honored to have you join our team.  Please see the information below.

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

Please also contact us to let us know so we can update our records: Contact Us.