The translation process was a long and difficult challenge. With no written language to translate from, Marliyn and Judy had to begin at the very beginning - writing down the Sepik Iwam language. Not knowing the language, Marilyn and Judy had limited ways to communicate with the the villagers. They began walking around the village with pen and paper, with curious children following and watching to see what they were doing. They learned the names of many objects by touching or pointing and saying the name of the object in English, hoping that someone would understand they wanted to know the name of that object in Sepik Iwam. They would then write the Sepik Iwam word phonetically using the English alphabet in order to develop a written language for these people. This was the beginning of Bible translation work in Hauna village that would take years to complete. Along the way there were many challenges, trials that required deep faith, friendships forged, times of fun and laughter, times of deep sadness, and miracles wrought by God. A large portion of Hauna village is now Christian after having "asked Jesus into their throats". They have built schools, medical clinics, churches, and are faithfully sharing the gospel with other villages along the Sepik river. They are happy that Marilyn came to their village to "carve their talk on a banana leaf" so they could have "Papa God's" words in their own language.
If you want a first hand account of modern day mission work this is a great book to read. Marilyn's heart for God and for these people is evident in her respectful but truthful account of 24 years of life among these precious people. I give Mission Possible 5 stars!
By Marilyn Laszlo / Tyndale House
Giving up a comfortable life as a teacher, Marilyn poured herself into Bible translation. Strange sights, sounds, and customs became a way of life, but the payoff far exceeded anything she had imagined. Mission Possible is the story of Marilyn Laszlo's relentless efforts to translate the Word of God into the Sepik Iwam language resulting in the transformation of an entire people group.
Don't miss these other titles by Marilyn Laszlo:
A is for Airstrip: A Missionary’s Jungle Adventure by Marilyn Laszlo with Elizabeth Maddrey and Linda Ellen Perry
Fear, Faith and Following GodExtreme Answers from Extreme Missionary Marilyn Laszlo 20 minute DVD
Mountain of Light First Encounters with a Stone Age Tribe in Papua New Guinea 42:36 minute DVD
Come By Here A Church is Born in Hauna Village While Another Tribe Waits… 25:35 minute DVD. Angel Award Winner in the religious category.
Return to Hauna A Bible Translator’s Story from the Jungles of Papua New Guinea 48 minute “Special Edition” version DVD.
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