Supporting Bible Translation in PNG
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An Interview with Wycliffe Missionaries Christopher & Darlene Clark
Missionaries Christopher & Darlene Clark serve in Papua New Guinea supporting Wycliffe Bible translation by providing aviation flight and logistical support through JAARS. We were blessed to have the Clarks visit this last Sunday while on furlough and share with the congregation what the Lord is doing in their ministry and Papua New Guinea.
While on furlough the Clarks receive many questions, but perhaps the most frequent is “What do you miss most about the U.S. when you are in Papua New Guinea?”
The Clarks answer is, “Our people (our family, partners and churches).” During this furlough, “our people” have encouraged us by their: generosity, faithfulness to God and each other, maturity in Christ, perseverance through trials, mentorship of the next generation of believers, patience with their adult children and hunger for the inerrant Word of God. We’re proud of you! And the complementary question, “What do you miss most about PNG when you are in the U.S.?” has the same answer: “Our people,” many of whom are our “pride and joy.” We look forward to partnering again with our aviation co-workers, fellow leaders in our church, the Bible translators who we support and our PNG friends and family when we return there in June.
While we look forward to returning “home,” God is reminding us that we still have many people HERE to connect with, encourage, and be encouraged by. Please pray that we will finish well the race set before us for THIS time and THIS place.
Bible translation takes people to the world’s most remote places—rainforests, mountains, deserts, and islands. A flight can shave off days of tough driving, hiking, or canoeing. And sometimes, it’s the only safe way to get there. JAARS has been in mission aviation for over 60 years, helping mission partners start and run flight programs by training and sending staff, setting standards, equipping aircraft, doing on-the-ground research, and more. JAARS is currently supporting programs in Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Indonesia, Peru, Tanzania, as well as Papua New Guinea where the Clarks are now serving.