[Campbells in PNG] August 2016

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Supporting Bible translation in Papua New Guinea through
computer support and health care

August 2016

Urat New Testament Dedication

Praise God that the Urat people have the completed New Testament! There was much excitement on July 29th, 2016 as the Urat people welcomed in the boxes containing the New Testaments. Urat translators, David Belyeme and Enoch Mundum, persevered over many years to see this day with the “book” in their hands, at last. David, in his short speech at the dedication program said, "Nau, kaikai kam." ["Now, the (spiritual) food is here."].

Hilkka Arminen (SIL, Finland), picutred below, has served as an exegetical advisor and project manager since 2001. We praise God for the devotion of the translators and consultants who gave countless hours to see the New Testament translated for the Urat.

Badi Vila, PNG Bible Translation Association (BTA) Scipture Use Coordinator, encouraged the Urat people saying, “Nau, tude, God i kam stap wantaim Urat line." [“Today, God has come to live with you Urat people.”] She added, “He speaks the Urat language. He feels your pain. He carries your burden.”

--exerpts from Ana Opungu, an attendee of the Urat NT dedication

Potential New Internet Connection

Andrew and others in the Communication and Technical Services (CTS) department, have been building the network infrastructure to connect to a new internet service provider. Our center currently gets its internet via Satellite which is limited and is often at full capacity. There is faster internet available in one of the coastal cities and we are working with a local internet provider to use that connection. To facilitate the connection, the CTS team ran fiber optic cable to a nearly 200-foot cell tower that is located on our center. A faster internet connection will improve communication with our home countries and enable Bible Translators working remotely to connect with us more easily.


As a Family Nurse Pratitioner, I (Melody) work in the clinic three mornings a week and I am on-call one night a week and one weekend per month. Sometimes it is quiet with very few calls and sometimes it is very busy! This past Saturday I was at the clinic all morning seeing various patients. Andrew does a great job holding down the fort while I'm gone! When I'm on-call on the weekends I get to drive the ambulance, a Toyota Landcruiser fitted with a snorkel for crossing rivers. It is also used for village clinics during the week which primarily provides immunizations to children in the surrounding villages.

Community Groups

This year, I (Melody) started co-leading the 7th grade girls' Community Group every Wednesday night. It's an exciting opportunity to pour into the lives of another generation, like I had so many pour into my life growing up in Peru. These girls are fun and energetic, and enthusiastic about life and learning more about God.

Back in School!

Hannah (9), Luke (almost 7), and Eden (4) started a new school year in July.  Hannah is now in 4th grade, Luke in 1st, and Eden in Pre-School.  They very much enjoy attending the school here on our center, Ukarumpa International School. Hannah loves to read, play games, and play with her friends. She started piano lessons this year which she is really enjoying! Luke loves playing soccer during recess at school, loves to work on projects with Dad and figure out how things work, and he is  becoming a very good reader.  Eden loves playing dress-up, loves coloring, crafts, and cutting things out, and she loves collecting bugs!
Praise Reports:
  • That the Urat people have a completed NT in their own language!
  • For a new Physical Therapist at the clinic and 2 new nurses who will be arriving in Ukarumpa in October!!
  • That Melody is beginning to feel more confident being on-call and less jumpy when the on-call radio rings! =)
  • For a good start to the new school year for the kids!
Prayer Requests:
  • For the many translation projects in progress, not only in Papua New Guinea, but around the world. There are so many still waiting for God’s Word in their heart language.
  • For God’s continued strength and wisdom for Andrew as he manages the CTS department. Pray that the manager is able to return in October as planned.
  • For the new, faster internet connection to be completed, providing imporved communication and connectivity.
  • For Melody as she balances work in the clinic, being on-call, community group, and the work required here to keep a home running.
  • For wisdom for Melody as she considers filling in next term as the high school health teacher while the current teacher is on furlough.
  • For Melody's eye (just one) that has been red and irritated on-and-off for 5 months. Please pray that we can figure out what is causing it and treat it effectively.

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Ukarumpa, EHP 444
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