New Ireland Province, Simberi, Tatau, Tabar Islands.
May 20, 2010: This day of celebration is a reminder to us that there will be people from every language before the throne of God. As more and more people receive the Word of God in their own language, it is helping to bring Scripture to fulfillment. These two ladies have just purchased their own copy of the Mandara New Testament
The day started with the reenactment of the first missionaries arriving in Simberi. This boat is carrying a group of men singing hymns.
As the boats were coming to shore there were many people at the beach waiting.
As the boats arrived on shore the people formed a procession with singing and dancing. Part of the procession included a model canoe carrying copies of the Mandara New Testament.
A New Chief: Steven Hong, who has spent over 20 years in Simberi translating the New Testament, is initiated to become one of the chiefs. What an honor, as the people of Simberi recognize his many years of service there along with his family.
The procession continues on to the church. It was a beautiful display of singing and dancing of this Papua New Guinean culture.
The Tabar Islands, of which Simberi is a part, have three denominations present: The Roman Catholic, The United Church and The Seventh Day Adventist. They all joined together for this dedication.
Here the priest is praying a prayer of dedication of the Simberi New Testament. In the background are the boxes of New Testaments that will shortly be going on sale.
One of the many groups that took part in the celebration was a group of school children. They sang and read Scripture from the New Testament.
Over 30 Koreans traveled from the U.S.A., Korea, Australia and other parts of Papua New Guinea to be a part of the celebration. They shared something from their culture in song and dance.
These young ladies dancing with tambourines were crowd-pleasers.
No celebration would be complete without a feast. Pictured here are a few of the pigs that were roasted on hot stones wrapped in leaves (a moo-moo). There were also plenty of sweet potatoes and sago.
Many came from far and near to be a part of the celebration. At the end of the day people started home, some by boat and others by plane. We thank the Lord for the safe travel everyone had.