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Words of life

February 03, 2014 – Ukarumpa, Papua New Guinea – Gil Munoz with Tim Scott “One day men will come and bring ‘Words of Life’ to your people.” This message was spoken to Wapea, paramount chief over all the Imbo-Ungu people, whose language is sometimes referred to as Imbongu. Two generations passed. A new century began. Then one day translator Gil Munoz was sitting at a table with Wapea’s grandson, Tande, and two of his relatives, checking the translation of Exodus 3 in their language. As the narrative unfolded of God talking to Moses out of a burning bush, it sparked a memory for Tande. He told Gil, “There is some history you need to hear. It will help you better understand what the story of Moses’ encounter with God in the wilderness means to my people.” Tande recounted this story: My grandfather was Chief Wapea. One day he went hunting on Mt. Yalibu, a very special, holy place for the Imbo-Ungu. After building a temporary shelter, he went searching for wild game on the mountain. As Grandfather climbed past the tree line, he approached a large flat area. In the middle was a very huge palm tree, encircled by smaller ones. This was totally unexpected since palm trees grow on the coast, not in the highlands. Awestruck, Grandfather erected a pile of stones beside it and marked the path, planning to bring his people back to see it. That night, sleeping in his temporary shelter, he had a dream. In his dream, a man told Grandfather that one day men would come and bring the “Words of Life” to his people. The man told him the Imbo-Ungu must receive these messengers and the words they bring. Grandfather, with the dream still vivid in his mind, escorted his people to the sacred place. When the group arrived, they found his marking stones, but the palm trees were gone. Today, Tande and the Imbo-Ungu people accept the words in the Imbo-Ungu Scriptures as the fulfillment of that promise to Wapea. That’s why Tande is involved in translation. After long days of working to provide for his family, he pours over reference books to dig out the meaning of words and to turn the talk to smooth Imbo-Ungu, to make sure his people receive all of the Words of Life. For more information on this release, contact, The PNG Experience, PO BOX 413, EHP 444, Papua New Guinea Phone: 011 + 675 + 537-4431 or Email: or follow the daily blog at Pictures do not always depict actual event, activities or people. “Yumi Stori” is the PNG “Tok Pisin” term for “Let’s talk” or “Let’s have a conversation”

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“One day men will come and bring ‘Words of Life’ to your people.” This message was spoken to Wapea, paramount chief over all the Imbo-Ungu p...