In the printing process!


Praise God that the Tonac Mixtec New Testament is being printed!  Pray that God would guide every aspect of the printing process  —  for functional printers,  a smooth book-binding process,  and secure packing and shipping of the New Testaments to the language area.

Download October’s Finish Line prayer guide to learn more about this community and pray.

Prayer focus

I don’t know about you, but as important as I know prayer is, it is often very difficult to focus my prayers.  It can be challenging to pay attention to what I need to remember to pray for, to make the time to pray, to keep my mind from wandering from praying, and most of all –what to say!  If you have a particular interest in praying for the ministry of Bible translation, read on for some tools.

Wycliffe Bible Translators has a monthly “Finish Line”prayer guide to help you learn about and pray for communities who are close to having their Bible translation ready.  Download September’s Finish Line prayer guide to learn more about these communities and pray.

Here are a few other resources Wycliffe has for you:

A prayer calendar for praying for Bible translation

How to pray for those who are still waiting for the Bible

Prayer activities with children

Browse here for more.

What does it matter,anyway?

I haven’t written here in close to three months.  Life goes on in its busy way, caring for all the mundane day-to-day responsibilities, to-do lists, fun moments, griefs and joys.  Yet underneath it all, we all ask ourselves, “What does it matter, anyway?  Why am I here?  What am I working for?” The answers to this question are as varied as are the people who are speaking.  What is YOUR answer?  Why does anything matter in your life?  When we think for very long, we realize that the things that do matter, are not things at all, but rather people, love, God, joy.

The truth of why anything matters can be found in God’s words.  I am glad that I know God, and his words in the Bible.  I am glad that the majority of my life has been spent working toward getting God’s words to people who do not have it.

“Have you ever thought about what your life might look like if you never had access to the Bible in your language? The Bible is the way we draw close to God and are transformed by the truth of the gospel. And that’s why Bible translation is so crucial — it connects people to a God who speaks their language.” These words are not mine,but come from this wonderful new source at Wycliffe Bible Translators, a look at why the Bible matters to people around the world.   Click on the link below to read a book with short stories from around the world, describing the difference the Bible makes in people’s lives.

Wycliffe_In_Your_Own_Words

New life

This is so beautiful I wanted to share it.  It is a lovely depiction of some of the best parts of spring here in Michigan.  We have already seen daffodils and robins, and the tulips are trying!  In a few weeks Chaz and I will spend a day in Holland, Michigan, at Tulip Time, an annual festival there.

Soon we will be marking our 7th anniversary of our arrival here in Kalamazoo.  That was a busy time, exciting, traumatic, challenging, and life-changing.  After so many years away from the US, we and Laura had to adjust to a new life here.  Seven years later, I’d say we have adjusted.  We have work, ministries, friends, and interests we never dreamed of seven years ago.  Yet in the middle of our new life, we remember our old life, in Panama, in Colombia, even way back to previous times in the US.  We are content where we are now, thankful to God for bringing us this far, and interested to see what the future holds.  We don’t have plans to move anywhere, but who knows?

Easter and Spring are good times to think about new life, as it shows up all around us.  What makes you think of new life?  What parts of your life have been renewed lately?  What needs to be renewed?

We couldn’t do it without you

That is the message we sent regularly to our partners,both financial and prayer,individuals,families,and churches. We usually have to rely on emails and handwritten notes,sometimes phone calls or personal visits,usually from a distance. But last month,we had a chance to spend face-to-face time with our friends and partners at . . . →Read More:We couldn’t do it without you

An opportunity to celebrate

I’m going to watch this and renew my vision for Bible translation. THIS is what it’s all about. Will you join me and many others around the world?

Scripture Celebration

This will be happening live at the Wycliffe USA headquarters in Orlando,Florida,on March 9,2 p.m.

“For the past 75 years,we’ve had . . . →Read More:An opportunity to celebrate

Bible recordings

How cool is this?? This is the ministry that,a few years ago,made Proclaimers,audio Bible recordings in solar-powered devices,in the Northern Embera language,using the text of the translation Chaz and Doug Schermerhorn completed.

https://www.faithcomesbyhearing.com/news/blog-post/bible-recordings

Here are inspiring stories from among Cakquichel speakers in Guatemala,in response to hearing God’s Word for . . . →Read More:Bible recordings

Sign Language in Japan

Did you know that there are a number of translation projects for sign language? One being highlighted this week on Wycliffe’s website is for Japanese. Go here for more information.

 

Bible translation statistics for 2016

Wycliffe has a lot of information available here. The main screen you see here has the pertinent information in summary. More detailed versions are also available if you go to the link and scroll down to the bottom of the page. There are graphics and charts that show the information in a more digestible form . . . →Read More:Bible translation statistics for 2016

Wycliffe year in review

Here is a video narrated by Wycliffe president Bob Creson and his wife Dallas,highlighting news from around the world on the work of Wycliffe Bible Translators. Hear updated statistics about how many missionaries are serving worldwide,the amount of money donated toward Bible translation,how many projects are ongoing,and more.

See it here.

. . . →Read More:Wycliffe year in review

A translation project to pray for

Approximately 450,000 people speak Yakut across Siberia. The community lives off of reindeer herding and hunting and fishing,often in remote and dispersed locations. Being so widespread can make it difficult to reach all Yakut speakers with the gospel in their own language,but the translation team is working to find opportunities to reach . . . →Read More:A translation project to pray for

A new year is here

Now that it is almost 3 weeks into the new year,I want to tell you all “Happy New Year”. It has been too long since I wrote on here. That’s what happens when the holidays come. My father-in-law has a word for the season from October-December:“Hallothankmas”. Ours was a lovely season with time . . . →Read More:A new year is here

The work continues forward

I recently heard from Walde Lopez,the young translator from Guatemala who has worked with Chaz previously. We have shared prayer requests for him before. His wife was very sick after giving birth to their son. She is now back to normal and their son is growing well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bibleless people in Guatemala to pray for this week

The Chajul Ixil (pseudonym) people of Guatemala are one of three Ixil people groups,and are one of 44 different Mayan groups in Guatemala that have had the New Testament translated in their own language. The first Chajul Ixil believer first learned about Jesus through the neighboring Nebaj Ixil translation team. Go here to read . . . →Read More:Bibleless people in Guatemala to pray for this week

Guatemalan Sign Language

This is from Wycliffe’s website,the group of the week to pray for.

 

An unknown number of Deaf are scattered across Guatemala,with the greatest concentration living in the capital city. While it’s believed that most of the Deaf community are culturally Christian,less than 1 percent have understood or accepted the gospel, . . . →Read More:Guatemalan Sign Language

It’s been awhile…

…since I wrote here. I’m sorry! Life happens,as you know,so many events and activities,some things get dropped in the process. I want to be more regular in posting interesting stuff on here for you who drop in and look. Chaz perseveres day after day at his desk,going through Bible material for . . . →Read More:It’s been awhile…

What language does God speak?

This is from the blog by Bob Creson,the president of Wycliffe Bible Translators USA since 2003. He shares stories and experiences from around the world about Bible translation and its impact. This blog entry especially impressed me,because it references a number of things that relate to our personal ministry. He mentions the . . . →Read More:What language does God speak?

Volunteering for literacy

In the past couple months I have decided to take on more volunteering projects,working in areas I am especially interested in beyond my two jobs with Wycliffe Bible Translators and with the children’s ministry at church. Opportunities came to me and I thought,“I would LOVE to do this. I will do my best . . . →Read More:Volunteering for literacy

Pictures from our time in Orlando

I just found this in my “drafts”folder. I thought I’d published it,but didn’t! Well,better late than never. I’m still thankful for this time we had. It was refreshing and a great reminder to me of why we are involved in this important work.

We recently spent 5 days at WBT headquarters,at . . . →Read More:Pictures from our time in Orlando

Bible translation making a difference

I share this story with you here about Marta,a Tz’utujil from Guatemala. There is a New Testament in her language,and there is a translation team now working on translating the Old Testament. Chaz has been consulting with this translation team for several years now as they work through passages and books from the . . . →Read More:Bible translation making a difference

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