Take a minute to read the passage below and consider how you would like to be a part of translating the Bible into the language of the Paama people. Perhaps you can sponsor several verses or maybe just one this month. Perhaps you can work together with your Grow Group or with some friends at work to sponsor a verse. During the next month, reflect on how your life has been changed by the Scriptures and consider how you can give towards this goal!
In addition to the financial responsibility for these scriptures, I would love for members of our church to become prayer partners for the Paama people and the work being done there. If you are interested, follow this link to sign up. Right now, The Seed Company only has 3 prayer partners and needs twenty. Please carefully weigh your time and resolve before committing as prayer is not something to be taken lightly.
Taken from The Seed Company's Website
“The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”(2 Chronicles 16:9a, NLT)
Sailors passing Vanuatu at night watch fireworks from active volcanoes spray into the dark sky. These resilient people have developed a strong work ethic as they carve farmland from the steep hillsides of their mountain home. Paama speakers have struggled to understand the Gospel’s truth since introduced to Christianity more than 100 years ago. The Gospel conflicts with their animistic worldview; however, without Scripture in their language, believers here are not aware of the dichotomy. For more than a decade, SIL Vanuatu has worked alongside a network of local churches, translating God’s Word into Paama. The Seed Company is coming alongside to help the Paama team finish the work. The NT in their own language will help believers understand Jesus Christ’s authority over evil spirits and give them courage to abandon traditional practices. The nation of Vanuatu boasts 80 South Pacific islands. Two of the smallest are Epi and Efate, home to Paama speakers. Their land is their birthright here, passed from one generation to the next. But overpopulation on the small islands has scattered Paama speakers to larger cities throughout Vanuatu.
This three-year project to complete the New Testament and portions of the Old Testament in the Paama and Southeast Am¬brym languages is moving along well. Pray for the Southeast Ambrym team as they draft the remaining 35% of the New Testament. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and for perseverance.
Pray for the Paama consultant checks of Galatians and Ephesians and also of 295 verses from the Psalms. These will be the last Scriptures to be checked in Paama, Praise the Lord!
Praise God that the primary church denominations in the Paama and Southeast Ambrym language groups have decided to faithfully use some children’s Bible study materials. Pray that the message contained in the six-year panoramic study of the Bible will change lives and hearts for God’s kingdom.