How many Bibles do you and I have stored in different places around our homes? How often do we have to take a cloth to clean off the dust and possibly mold?
The Hewa people of Papua New Guinea don’t have the luxury of multiple Bibles.
John and Jessi George minister among the Hewa. John said, “When new books of the Bible are translated we print new ‘Bibles.’” The “old” Bibles are traded in for new ones (plus a small fee). He continued, “So I have this box of ‘old’ Bibles sitting in the loft in my house. I just kinda like looking at them up there. … All torn up and faded and obviously used. Obviously carried over thick jungle trails, over logs and rivers and up mountainsides. Obviously read.”
Even by Flashlight
With having only half of the New Testament translated, the Hewa are swept up in reading what they have, often reading by flashlight.
John finished with, “I am often challenged and encouraged by my Hewa brothers and sisters to spend more time in the Word of God.” Pray as the translation work continues for the Hewa believers.