I’m happy to report that Osa is doing well after her snake bite last week which you can read about here: An Urgent Prayer Request From PNG. She’s back in Walagu and there is no venom in her system. This is a huge praise! There are a lot of reasons they did not find venom even though there were bite marks on her leg, maybe it wasn’t a death adder that bit her, maybe the bandaging worked or the snake that bit her had already bit something else recently so the venom wasn’t strong. Whatever reason, the prayers worked and we are glad that she didn’t have to have the full anti-venom shots which can often be very hard on the body. Her husband Wabele (pictured below on the computer) was with her at the hospital which is also a praise.
Another praise is that we think the cost of the helicopter and treatment is going to be covered by the oil company’s community affairs fund. This is basically money that is set aside to help the communities that they impact. This is a huge praise because the cost of helicopters alone is astronomical.
While we’re praising God, let’s praise him that it seems like the Onobasulu airstrip is open again after two years of being closed. It has had major work done on it by the Onobasulu people and the first SIL plane will land there next week to check it out. Praise God that the Onobasulu may be able to use their airstrip instead of walking from another airstrip or paying the high cost of helicopters. Having the airstrip open greatly benefits the work of Bible Translation as well as the community in general.
Please continue to keep the Onobasulu people in your prayers. Work on the Onobasulu Bible translation and other scripture use materials is happening, people are hearing the gospel and learning more about the Bible. All of these things invite spiritual warfare. Another one of the workers named Hauwo (pictured below) has also been in the hospital with ongoing back pain, after a bad fall last year. He has been involved with the translation and literacy work from the beginning. Please pray for a full and quick recovery.
These three pictures in this post are of the 6 main Onobasulu workers- Joseph, Yobe, Jack, Wabele, Jeffery and Hauwo. Please pray for them by name and their families as the work pushes forward. Please pray for safety. Please pray for good health. Please pray for protection and care for these families as well as the entire Onobasulu community. You’re continued prayers support the work of Bible translation. Thank you!