Today’s church service was a little different from normal. We had two pastors from the Ihu area preach this morning–one in Sunday School, the other during the morning’s main service.

As church services came to an end, Pastor James was giving an invitation and I began to hear people praying around me. Many times, our people will pray in quiet audible tones. And that’s when it struck me–I was praying in Pidgin from my heart, but Pastor Jerry was praying next to me in Orokolo. Preacher Jack was on my other side, praying in the Kamea language, and Ricky was praying behind me in Gadsup language.

How many lanugages were represented today? After church I took a look around and began asking that question. I came up with nine languages represented in our congregation of about 180 people.

Most of the people were Kamea, since we live right in the heart of Kamea-land; but Baimiri is from Akoye and that is her heart-language. Pastors Jerry, Murphy, and Maisa (who are visiting for the Pastor’s School this week) are all Orokolo men. (What a manly language it is, too!) Pastor David is from Baimuru and he has two heart languages, one from his dad and one from his mom–Koriki and Eare. Pastor Jorim is from Kaintiba and he speaks Hamtai. Ricky and his wife are from Asarunka in the Eastern Highlands Province and they speak Gadsup. Of course, Tok Pisin (aka Pidgin) is the trade language, and all of the missionaries speak English, especially the large number of them that we have here from Wyoming. (We almost have more people here from Wyoming than Wyoming has people living in it!)

This morning’s church service gave me just a small glimpse into the day that Revelation 5:9 speaks about–today we had 9 languages all giving honor to the Lord. On the final day, there will be thousands of languages (all of which our Lord can understand…at the same time!) around the Throne, giving praise to His name.