Rob and Betsy Bradshaw began work with the Doromu-Koki language in 2001. There are around 1,800 people who speak this language. The people are divided between their villages in the Central Province and in Port Moresby (the capital city of Papua New Guinea). Several people from the language area had already received some translation training and so the work of translating the New Testament commenced.
17 years later… On Saturday, September 22, 2018, I had the opportunity to celebrate with the Doromu-Koki people as we dedicated their completed New Testament!
A month previous to the dedication, it seemed like it may not happen. Nothing had been planned and obstacles arose. But God had a plan for the Doromu-Koki people to receive His Word in the language they understand best and people across the world prayed. Plans were made and the dedication was a go!
We were welcomed with a sing sing (traditional song/dance) and led into the church.
Unopened boxes of the Bibles sat in the front of the church as we waited for the service to begin. We also had some time to talk with people and take some pictures while we waited.
The Doromu-Koki Bible was brought into the church with a sing sing and carried in a hand-woven basket. When they reached the front, one of the ladies took it out of the basket and presented it to everyone.
My favorite part of the service was when this translator read from the Doromu-Koki Bible. He started to tear up as he opened the Bible to read it to the Doromu-Koki people in their heart language for the first time. What a beautiful moment!
After the service, we were led outside where ladies presented us (the guests) with leis and led us to another building for the next part of the dedication.
Several people gave speeches. This is Rob reading the newly translated Bible and sharing in the Doromu-Koki language. I loved looking at the big smiles in reaction to the words the people were hearing in their heart language.
The translation team was recognized.
Bibles were distributed.
Of course, there was great food!
Pray that the Doromu-Koki people will read God’s Word in their heart language and be transformed by it. Also pray for the many language groups that are still waiting for God’s Word in their heart language… till all have heard.