“Trust in Jehovah, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on his faithfulness.” Psalm 37:3 ASV
Simon Savaiko knows what it means to feed on God’s faithfulness. It is this constant grazing, meditating and remembering that has kept him working in literacy and translation for longer then I’ve been alive. Starting in the late 70s Simon began working in literacy for his own language group, the Barai in Oro Province. Then after a few years he joined the translation team to help work on the Barai New Testament. And finally went back to literacy in the mid 90s where he has continued to work in literacy training ever since. Although Simon’s heart and passion is for his own language group, he serves many others and assists with training and support throughout PNG.
I have been blessed to work with Simon at the STEP course in 2008 and 2009 and now he is part of the STEP in-service. He also attended STEP as a student in one of the earliest intakes. And now has great wisdom and insight for these guys because he has done exactly what we are asking them to do. He has worked through all sorts of challenges, bringing literacy and education into his area. Today Simon shared some of the things that worked and some of the things that didn’t work. We expats can talk until we are blue in the face but it doesn’t ring true because no matter how long we work in PNG, we are still outsiders. Simon is one of them. And despite all the trials and hardships, he has remained faithful. His testimony speaks to all of us and he would be the first to tell you that he didn’t do it on his own. It is because he meditates, grazes, feeds on God’s faithfulness.