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What do I do?

When you first meet someone, we often ask “What do you do?” So here’s what my ministry does!

Now that I am finished with my work in Papua New Guinea, I am a full time National, Motivational Speaker with Laszlo Mission League…and still representing Wycliffe Bible Translators. Laszlo Mission League has a board of seven members, and the headquarters is in Shawnee Mission, KS. For more information check the website, www.laszlomissionleague.com.

I have spoken in every state except Alaska. Next April, 2008 I have a meeting in Anchorage, Alaska! I average 3-4 meetings a week (except during the summer months) and can have as many as 8 flights month.

What Do I Talk About?

· First of all, my personal testimony.
When I asked Jesus into my heart
When the Lord called me into full time ministry
How did I end up working with Wycliffe Bible Translators?
How did I end up in Papua New Guinea?
How did I know that was God’s will for my life?
· I spent 24 years in the jungles of Papua New Guinea working with the Sepik Iwam Tribe located 500 miles up the Sepik River.
· The challenge of learning their language, figuring out their alphabet and grammatical structure, and then finally translating the Bible into their language took 24 years.
· Today, there are thousands of believers throughout the seven villages that speak that language. That’s the power of the Word of God.

When you are smack tab in the middle of God’s will there are joy, energy, and peace. I love what I do.

The types of meetings that I am involved in are:

  • Church Worship Services
  • Sunday School
  • Universities
  • Mission Conferences
  • Schools
  • Revivals
  • Camps
  • Home meetings
  • National Conventions
  • Youth Conventions
    (All denominations)

I speak to all denominations, small churches of 100 or large churches of 5 or 6 thousands. The largest meeting I had was in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the Billy Graham Crusade… 58 thousand – (Could have been more.) Urbana was 28 thousand.

I would love to come to your church… take a look at my scheduleand see if I’ll be in your state…perhaps we can simply add your church to that trip!

Tell me more about the Hauna Village folks who visited the US!

To: John.

Your First Question: “I would like to know more about the ‘boys’ who came with you to America. What did they say about the USA?”

1. About the boys:

These 6 young men were the sharpest young men in the village. They all have a wild sense of humor and are such a delight to be around. They were all in their twenties when they came over to visit the USA. Three of them are now pastors and the others are leaders and teachers in the village. It was December 2, 1989, when I brought them over to visit the USA. Winter. The coldest it gets in Hauna Village is around 85 degrees but it was 2 below zero in Chicago!!

2. What did they say about the USA?

They were amazed to see the huge, high rise buildings, so many cars, the roads were all cement, the large number of people in church, the numerous places to eat, restaurants everywhere, and the tons of food in the super market just blew their minds, everyone was friendly, and a lot of people were fat No one is fat in Hauna Village…all muscle. We could go from state to state and yet we all speak the same language and were not enemies. Everyone is in a hurry and just rushes around. 

They visited in 29 states and had 200 meetings!

They were very anxious to go back to their jungle where life is not so complicated and fast.

They said that we did not have much freedom. We were pretty much enslaved. I asked them what did they meant by that. I told them that we are the freest country in the world. Well, they did not think so. I asked them to explain what they meant.

They said we were controlled by three things:

(1.) They said that we are totally controlled by the watch. We look at it hundreds of times a day to find out what we have to do next. It tells us when to get up, when to go to work, when to eat, even if we’re not hungry, if the clock says it’s time to eat we eat, it tells when to come home, when to go to bed, etc. They hate the watch. They think we should go to work whenever we want and eat whenever we want, etc.

(2.) The other thing that controlled us was the stoplights. No matter where we were, Chicago, Los Angeles, Valparaiso, big towns, little towns, there were stop lights everywhere. So we have to look up there and wait to find out what to do. If it is green all the cars go, when it is red all the cars stop, when it is yellow, they never knew what I was going to do, speed up, or slam on the breaks. They said we had to get rid of the yellow because no one really knew what to do with yellow. And then of course when we were going through towns late at night when there were few cars but still had stop lights, they would get angry when I would stop because of a red light. And they would ask why I was stopping when there were no cars anywhere or from any directions. I told them that I had to stop because the light was red. They really thought that was stupid. So we just waited, waited, waited, for nothing. How ridiculous.

(3.) The third thing that controls us is money – we cannot live without money.

They said that they did not need watches, stoplights, or money and that they would never be controlled by those things.

3. Have they made return trips? Yes, they have been to the USA four times.

4. Would they like to return? Yes, they would love to return.

Hope you enjoyed these answers about the Hauna people.

Marilyn Laszlo – 24 years in Papua New Guinea and 39 years with Wycliffe Bible Translators

Question to readers: Have you ever visited Papua New Guinea? If so, where did you go and what did you see and do?

Feelings During Translation

To Jess:

Thank you for the kudos! I am delighted that you enjoyed the meeting at the Okoboji Bible Conference.

Your question: “What were your feelings when you were trying to translate the language?”

My Answer:
“Well, I could write a whole book on that question. Did you get a copy of my book Mission Possible? It goes into more detail than what I will be able to do right now.

My feelings: Excited, propelled, anxious, scared, happy, blessed…full of God’s peace that I was where He wanted me to be. To analyze the language and start translating the Bible for these people is such an arduous task, but so rewarding. The Bible is alive and active and it will touch and change lives…even for the most remote and isolated people in the world.

It is all about Jesus and the Bible. We can’t lose. It is a win-win situation giving the people the Word of God in their language.

People who had no idea that their language could be written discover the power there is in a written language…especially when it is the Word of God. It answered many questions that these people had…concerning creation, life, the future, death, sickness, sin, polygamy, killing, forgiveness…where did it all begin. The Bible tells them. To see these people get so excited about one verse makes it all worthwhile.

All people in the world are prepared for the Word of God. The laws of God are written on the hearts of all men. The fields are ripe unto harvest…that means that everyone is ready for someone to come and tell them about the Big Father Creature. Some will believe and will not. It is such a thrill to see someone come to the Lord.

Bible Translation is probably one of the many challenges that a missionary will face. It is demanding, intensive, and an arduous task. It is long term – could be twenty some years or more…depends on where you are. Some countries are a lot more advanced than Papua New Guinea and takes a whole lot less time. It took us 24 years….and I would do it again.

The languages are one of the most incredible proofs of God. No agnostic, evolutionist, or atheist talk about the languages. They are so incredibly difficult. The grammatical structures and the orthographies make English look simple. Some of these languages come closer to Greek and Hebrew than English. You really can’t explain the nearly 7,000 languages in the world apart of Genesis 11 – the Tower of Babel.

What is your work? Wherever God put you that is your mission field.

Marilyn Laszlo – 24 years in Papua New Guinea and 39 years with Wycliffe Bible Translator

Welcome!

Hello everybody! I wanted to be able to talk with you all more often than my monthly newsletters and a blog seems like something to try so here we go!

Help me get new posts up by sending me your questions about mission work, about God, or about how to live as a Christian in this world. That way I’ll have some new ideas about what you want to hear more about! Thanks!

With love,
Marilyn

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