This dream took a big leap forward when SIL members in PNG met to explore a “Multi-Language Initiative.” The group felt God leading them to focus initially on two language clusters, one of which consisted of the Markham languages. David and Susan were encouraged that even more people would begin praying for this big project, which has the potential to include up to 14 related languages.
However, the Adzera team still needed God's direction in moving forward and God's guidance in dealing with on-going problems among the translators. Because of these needs, the members of the Adzera Language Committee met in Ukarumpa for a time of spiritual refreshment, vision building, and team building. Director Paul Minter spoke about his vision and the Multi-Language Initiative. He asked the Adzera committee, “Can we work together to see this vision become a reality?” Adzera Language Committee Chairman Mathew Abas answered on behalf of the committee with a wholehearted, “Yes!”
The Howards believe these events are the beginning of a new way of working in the Markham Valley, a way which will bring God’s Word even to small groups of people in the languages they understand best.