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Changing leadership offers opportunities and challenges 08 March, 2013 – Ukarumpa, Papua New Guinea – Written by Tim Scott “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” - John Maxwell, leadership coach “The only thing that is constant is change” - Heraclitus, Greek philosopher Changing leadership provides opportunities and challenges. The Bible Translation Association of PNG (BTA) is currently facing a time of leadership change. BTA Board Chairman Andrew Kwimberi says, “David Gela has served BTA faithfully as Executive Director for over 32 years and has laid a strong foundation for the ministry to continue to serve our people in PNG as it works together with its partners. He has led the organisation from its fledgling roots to its current status as the leading indigenous Bible translation organisation in PNG. We wish him well as he transitions to this new role with Wycliffe Global Alliance and look forward to see what God has in store for BTA” David was born in the West New Britain Province of PNG. His parents were pioneer missionaries working with the Methodist Overseas Mission. In 1979, as he was completing his undergraduate studies at the University of PNG, he was chosen to become the first director of the newly formed Bible Translation Association. David and his wife Sineina have been faithfully encouraging Papua New Guineans to become committed to translating the Bible into the languages of their country and to be involved in literacy and Scripture engagement work. Over the past two years, David and Sineina have been serving part-time as Wycliffe Global Alliance’s Director of Pacific Island Affairs (PIA) which involves promoting the cause of Bible translation within the Pacific Island countries. The Gelas are excited about expanding this role to a fulltime position which will lead to broader responsibilities and a more strategic influence on Bible translation regionally. As David states, “The PIA goal is to serve the leadership of Pacific Islanders so that the Bible translation movement can be developed and sustained in their islands and regionally.” The BTA board is looking for a new director who would continue to cast the vision for the Bible translation movement in PNG while leading the organisation and its members in achieving their goals. This role would involve developing and maintaining networks and partnerships with churches and other organisations. Interested parties should contact: BTA Board ED Search Committee, PO Box 350, Vision City, Waigani, NCD. 131 or phone: 3251132 or 71937871.

For more information on this release, contact ThePNGexperience, PO BOX 413, Ukarumpa, EHP 444, Papua New Guinea Phone: 011 + 675 + 537-3544 ext. 4431 or Email: “Tok Save” is the PNG “Tok Pisin” term for announcement or “For your information”. The English spelling conforms to Commonwealth English spelling.

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