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Bible launching & a birthday

May 13, 2014

We’ve been back in the Solomons for about two weeks now. Turns out we needed to stay in New Zealand for a few extra weeks for more medical tests. The flights back here went as well as can be expected.

They pulled these suitcases all the way from security to the gate.

They pulled these suitcases all the way from security to the gate.

It’s been an exciting few weeks. Many people in the Solomon Islands were able to read the New Testament in their language for the first time this month!

For about 16 years, people in a certain language group on the island of Malaita have been working on translating the New Testament into their language. One of our colleagues and close friends has been the translation adviser to that language for the past several years. Within the past year the New Testament has been completed, printed, and shipped to the Solomons. On Easter weekend, the New Testament was launched in a major celebration on Malaita! Many people from that language group live here in town, so another celebration was held on Sunday at a church here. I was able to attend the church celebration; unfortunately, John was sick so stayed home with the boys.

As our colleague read aloud from that New Testament during the launching service, one of the praise band members got teary-eyed. He very well may have been hearing the Bible in his own language for the first time. Since our organization’s purpose is to help give people access to Scripture in the language they know best, we’re thrilled to witness this! (We’re also particularly interested in this translation because this language group is near where we lived with a host family in 2012.) Now a few people are working to translate the Old Testament.


These men are selling brand-new Bibles in their language.

These men are selling the brand-new Bibles in their language!


On the family front: Little D has kept busy with chalk, a tub of water, and a paintbrush for several hours this week. I didn’t think I’d welcome returning to this hot weather after New Zealand, but I’ll admit that it’s nice the boys can play outside for hours without getting too cold.

"painting" with wet chalk

“painting” with wet chalk


Another type of celebration: Little M turned two! The musical card from the grandparents was as good as a gift for him. When we asked if he wanted to open his present, he said “no” and kept playing the card over and over. He and Little D were so excited about the musical birthday card that Little D requested it as his bedtime song. (But please, nobody send us any more musical cards this year.)

loving the musical card

loving the musical card

Two days later, he opened his gift. So cool.

new shades

new shades

Testing the new shoes:

The first thing to do with new shoes is to go for a jog.

The first thing to do with new shoes is to go for a jog.



3 Comments leave one →
  1. Grandma Kay permalink
    May 13, 2014 8:33 pm

    Fun seeing the boys help with the suitcases! Thanks, too, for sharing the joy of the New Testament dedication.

  2. Willis & June Van Haaften permalink
    May 28, 2014 6:15 pm

    Lori, your letters are interesting and enjoy the photos also. This afternoon I met with a couple of friends to plan the snacks for VBS. Praying for you and your precious family–good health, God’s peace and blessings upon each of you. June Van Haaften


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