Tim and Gina Matthews have called Man O War their home for the past two years. Now they feel a calling to leave the little Cay behind to pursue missionary work with Wycliffe Ministries. Wycliffe is a Bible translation ministry with outreaches all over the world. The Matthews will be moving to Papua New Guinea to continue the translation work of Wycliffe.
Tim spoke about how supportive the people of Man O War have been during his and Gina’s tenure on the island. While living in Man O War they called New Life Church their home church.
Gina has spent part of the last two years teaching at Man O War School. “The last two years I fell in love with all the students on Man O War, Cay. I had the absolute pleasure of being their teacher and sharing life with them. It was truly a gift from God,” she said.
Speaking about their upcoming mission work in Papua New Guinea, the couple mentioned how there are over 180 million people who do not have a Bible translated in their mother tongue: “We have more than 400 versions of the English bible. So, we have no trouble finding a bible that we can clearly understand, but did you know that at this moment, there are 1900 language groups that don’t have a single verse of scripture in their own language? For a 180 million people, their Bible is completely blank. I personally can’t imagine life without having a bible that I can clearly understand.”
Tim explained further, “There are over 800 languages in Papua New Guinea and almost 300 still need the Bible translated into their heart language, many on small remote islands that can only be reached by boat. We will provide the safe transportation needed to get these translators to the out islands”
Though they are sad to leave so many friends behind, Tim said that, in a way, “We’re ALL going to Papua New Guinea.” They are certain that they will continue to receive prayers and support from the people of Man O War with whom they’ve broken bread with for the past two years.
Those wishing to reach out and support the Matthews can contact them via their website: www.matthewsmaritimemissions.com or on Matthews Maritime Mission’s Facebook page. People can also read more about Wycliffe’s mission at: at: www.wycliffe.org/Pray/PrayforaWycliffeMissionary.aspx