PROVIDING HIS STORY
A Ministry Update of
Norm & Jill Weatherhead
To the Bible-less People Groups of the World
Exodus 6:2 וַיְדַבֵּ֥ר אֱלֹהִ֖ים אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֑ה וַיֹּ֥אמֶר אֵלָ֖יו אֲנִ֥י יְהוָֽה׃
This verse is perhaps one of the most important ones in the entire Bible. In it, the Creator God (Elohim) reveals His personal name (YHWH) to Moses. He goes on in the next verse to explain that He did not reveal His personal name to Abraham, Isaac or Jacob. But from now on, the people of God would come to know Him in a personal and powerfully intimate way, as the Israelites (and now us) became His people, and He truly became their God.
During the summer months, Norm spent many hours studying the “Basic of Biblical Hebrew” to be able to once again read the Old Testament in its original language. It had been 18 years since he last took a Hebrew course, and he is so glad to be able to get back into the OT text again.
The reason that Norm first studied the basics, and then now is working at understanding the various discourse features of Hebrew (such as narrative, instructional and hortatory discourse and poetic style), is so that he can be ready to do consultant checking of Old Testament books for various translation projects.
In our next trip to Papua New Guinea (Jan – May 2013), Norm will work with one language team as they do the final checking and the revising of Exodus 1-24, and Psalms 101-150. Pray for everyone involved in this translation project that they will be able to find the right words and sentences to be able to express these OT portions well in the language of the people.
Heading To Dallas Again
In just a few weeks, Norm will be spending two months (Oct. 25 – Dec. 18)in Dallas to work on the various translation projects from there, instead of back in Calgary.
While in Dallas, Norm will do much of the initial checking of Exodus 1-24 as mentioned above. He will also work on preparation questions for the books of James, 1 & 2 Peter for the Tay translation in PNG and James and Jude for the Mborena Kam project, also in PNG, which is being done by national translators.
Please pray for us as Norm goes south and Jill stays in Calgary and continues to work at the Foothills hospital. We thank God that Jill has been able to get many overtime shifts which she then banks as hours into the future so that she will be able to be with Norm longer in PNG.
We are also so grateful for the prayers of so many people for God to bring healing to Norm. It was especially moving when the churches which we have just visited called us up and prayed over us. We see some great improvement, so keep on praying.
Our Family Is Doing Well
We praise God that all of our children are doing well. Our older son was not only was able to stay on working full-time with H & R Block after the regular tax season at their Call Center, he was also asked to become part of a special team that would totally rework the interface and the graphics for the website of their company. His wife is continuing to get good praise reports at her job, and has moved from being cashier to working in the Flooring Dept.
Our second son, on the other hand, has been on the move a lot this year. He finished his Army Basic Training in Quebec back in February. Next he went to a base in Borden, Ontario for a few weeks before doing his Soldier Qualification course in Gagetown, New Brunswick. Now he is back in Borden for his last long course to get trained in his area of being a Vehicle Technician for the Army.
It was wonderful then when he was able to come home to Calgary on a two-week leave period in September. We packed in as much family activities that we could: a zoo day, movie outings, a few family BBQ’s, pizza and movie nights and lots of good visiting. We are proud of all of our kids who are maturing well in life and in their faith in God. Please continue to lift them up in prayer as they seek to make an impact for the Lord in their world around them.
Sharing The Ministry Work Through Media
Many of you know that for almost two years now, Norm has been writing articles in a devotional blog site called “The Listening Post”. This has been so therapeutic for him over the past two years. In his articles, he shares a lot about the ministry work that he has done, and is still doing in the area of Bible translation. He also shares insights into spiritual topics that are based on a couple of Christian books, one of them by Max Lucado. And currently, he is doing a weekly Bible study as he goes through the Gospel of John. Click on the title above, or on the words “Sermon” or “Trailer” below to link to the stories.
While in PEI, Norm preached a sermon that gave an excellent overview of what all is involved in Bible translation work. That sermon was recorded and put online and can be viewed by clicking here (“Sermon”). And then we were very pleased to have two other sources pick up on Norm’s blog site. A Korean editor of the Christian magazine “”Guideposts” did an interview of Norm and wrote an article in their magazine about him and his work with PBT. Most recently, a friend of ours produced a Christian movie called “Remember” and did a trailer interview of Norm. (“Trailer”)
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So this is what is happening for us. We would ask you to please keep our family in your prayers as we all seek to serve God in our various ways. Please pry for the time of separation that is coming up for me and my wife that we will be okay while I’m gone. Pray I get much done in my preparation work while in Dallas so that I will be fully ready to do the consultant checking of 6 New Testament books and 2 Old Testament books for people of three different language projects. May God bless you richly as you remember us and our work in your prayers.