My name is Aluis Simatab. I am married with a wife and two children. My wife’s name is Margaret Simatab; my son’s name is Jotham Simatab who is married with a wife. We have a 16-year old daughter, Miram Simatab, who is still living with us. She is attending the Our Lady Mercy Secondary School in Yarapos, Wewak.
I have worked with the department of Civil Aviation as a Communication Officer, as a Bank Officer, and later joined the Teaching Service Commission and taught in Primary Schools in Papua New Guinea for thirteen years. The Lord called me to be involved in His work as a Bible Translator for the 12,000 Arapesh People in 1986.
A general meeting was held in 1987 at Wautogik Village, in which I, with three other men were chosen by the majority of the community leaders and church leaders to devote ourselves to the work of translating the New Testament into the Arapesh Language.
I am now translating the Old Testament. There are other men helping me with the task of translating the Old Testament and doing ‘Scripture in Use’ for our people. I have been trained as a Bible translation consultant to help other translation programmers in getting their New Testaments and Old Testaments consultant checked. I am in my advanced translation consultant status now, and doing training at the same time to get my full translation consultant status in the near future.
My wife Margaret is a house wife. Her work involvement is in the Christian Women Fellowship in the church and SHE IS a prayer partner for the BTA work here in Papua New Guinea.
My wife and I responded to God’s calling, healing and anointing upon our lives, and we accepted and received Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour by his true Word (Jn. ) in April 1986.
My family wants to convey our sincere thanks to you all for having faith in us, and for supporting us by praying for us and continually giving to us; out here in Papua New Guinea.
During our 24 years in the Bible translation ministry we have Ps. 119: 105-106 NIV “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws.” as our memory verses.