The Weatherheads – Pioneer Bible Translators


Oct 2020

Our Latest Prayer & Praise

Dear Central

This Fall season has looked different for us, such as it has for many of you. For over a decade, October has been the month the two of us are working together in Papua New Guinea. While we do not know when our next trip overseas will be, what we do know is that we stand firm in the knowledge that nothing separates us from the great love which God has for each and every one of us. Read Romans 8:37-39.

As we start November, our common practice is to look back to see all that God has done and we look ahead as we plan for the coming year.
Ministry in PNG & in Canada

  • In the first quarter of this year, I was able to work with the Akukem translation team in Madang on various books of the Bible. One task I left with the team was to do the Village Check on the book of Luke. We praise God that the team was able to complete this checking stage about a month ago, and all the revision suggestions have been sent electronically to me here in Calgary.
  • During the coming winter months, I will be able to go through the book of Luke to review these suggested revisions. In addition, I will continue to do some analysis on the Akukem language and make preparations for an Advisor check on part of the Pastoral Epistles. We are praying that a Zoom long-distance checking session might be possible sometime in the first quarter of 2021.
  • For this Fall, the Lord opened up the opportunity for me to teach an online Phonology linguistic course to some students at CanIL This is a foundational course for missionary linguists who desire to serve overseas in Bible translation or literacy ministries.
  • I am so grateful to God that I have been able to continue ministry work in PNG and in Canada throughout this past year, and I see how I will be able to keep on doing ministry work in both countries next year.

Balancing Life at Home

  • During this stressful year of intense ministry and the challenges of life due to the pandemic, we’ve seen my weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol rise. Along with this I have been having an increase of intensive headaches. Thinking the headaches might be related to the beating I experienced in Madang from two years ago, I’ve had a number of tests done including an MRI.
  • PTL that the MRI showed no cranial or arterial damage. There is however some soft tissue damage on the right side of my head from the assault. My genetic specialist also told me there were increased changes in the white matter of my brain due to my muscle disease, but nothing large enough to be concerned about at this point. We believe a better balance of life and ministry will result in better health for me, and we ask you to pray for me regarding this.
  • Speaking of a healthy balance in life, Jill has discovered a wonderful opportunity to begin a small business venture from our home. We’ve been praying about how to prepare financially for our future, specifically as she looks at the idea of retiring from nursing. Jill is able to promote a healthy balance of skin and hair products, giving her an income. A great bonus to this new venture is that it will allow her to work from our Calgary home, or wherever she travels, since it is a global online company.
  • Please pray with us that this business will grow. I’m amazed at the transformation that is happening for Jill these days. It would be great to see this happen for other people whom we know and could also benefit from this kind of home business opportunity, especially during this current season of life we are all finding ourselves in.

We are so grateful for your partnership with us in prayer,
Norm & Jill Weatherhead
Missionaries to Papua New Guinea
July 2020 – Our Latest Prayer & Praise

Dear Central Christian Church
Thank you for praying for us and our work here in Canada and in Papua New Guinea. Here is what is happening:

Praise God….
• that all of us in our families are remaining in good health. We do pray for those who are sick or have loved ones who are sick right now due to COVID19.
• for the technology we have so Norm can get messages to and from the Akukem team to check on their Bible translation progress.
• that Norm has been offered a role to help teach students at the Canadian Institute of Linguistics (CanIL) to help train up the next generation of potential Bible translators.
• that Eric was able to get hired at a new company after being out of work for three months. The work he will do is going to be similar to the work he was doing for his last employer, so that is great as well.

Pray to God….
• for the people of PNG. There has been a sudden jump of new cases of COVID19 reported in this past week. The number is very small right now, but it is worrying the PNG government, and it gives them more cause to keep their borders closed to non-essential travelers.
• for the Akukem translation team. They are doing well (health-wise), and are making progress on two main fronts: a) completing the Village Check of Luke; and b) proceeding with the translation and back-translation of Genesis.
• for Norm to be able to do some Akukem language analysis while back in Canada. Whenever the next trip will be back to PNG (some point in 2021), the goals would be to complete the revisions to Luke, to continue the Exegetical Checking of the Pastoral Epistles, and begin looking at Genesis.
• for us to have wisdom regarding Norm’s CanIL teaching role. We are praying about Norm visiting the campus of the school in Langley, BC for a few weeks in September to help get the course started, and then return to Calgary to teach the course online (due to COVID19) for the remainder of the semester.
• that our finances will stay stable during this time of uncertainty for so many people. Teaching at CanIL is a volunteer position and Norm will be “on loan” from PBT- Canada to CanIL. Both organizations are Faith-based and many teachers at CanIL are also missionaries who rely on support from their financial donors.
• for Jill to remain safe and healthy as she works as a casual nurse at the Calgary hospital.
We are so grateful for your partnership with us in prayer,

Norm & Jill Weatherhead
Missionaries to Papua New Guinea

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