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Thursday, August 18, 2016

August Update





“This is exactly how we speak here. It’s so clear, even a little child could understand it!” “There’s a lot I could learn from this book. Please give me a copy of this on my phone.” These are just a few of the encouraging comments made by people upon hearing the recording of Genesis in their own language. After the positive feedback we received from the single-voice recording, we began to move forward in producing multi-voice dramatized versions of the books we have translated. Faith Comes by Hearing, an organization specializing in audio Scriptures, is partnering with us towards this end. We spent a few days recording Jonah, before tackling Genesis. All of the recording is done online with a headset mic. Audio engineers in the USA edit and arrange the clips we record into a professional-sounding program. Jonah and Genesis should be finished and ready for distribution within four months. We also hope to record Matthew and Luke before the end of the year.

Our children continue to thrive here. Audrey is now reading short paragraphs, and loves learning about all the bugs and animals that live in our area. Noah recently overcame some behavior problems and has become a fun and obedient little guy. James turns one on August 20 and we are enjoying his outgoing personality. It’s been neat to see how God has opened doors with our neighbors though our kids. 




The longer we serve in this ministry, the more we see how essential are our partnerships with like-minded organizations and individuals throughout the world. Paratext, a computer program designed by the United Bible Societies and SIL, is an invaluable tool we use for Bible translation. A consultant with Pioneer Bible Translators reviews our work, and helps ensure faithfulness to the original text. He is currently reviewing our work on Luke, and John as been submitted as well. And we also thank God for our partnering churches and the individuals who support our work through prayer and finances. We can relate to the words of the Apostle Paul, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” (Phil 1:3-5)

Prayer and Praise:
- Praise that Sara’s eye infection healed was healed quickly through locally available antibiotic eyedrops.
- Pray that the people involved in the recording project would come to know Jesus.
- Pray that God would use the recordings we produce to draw the Manya people to himself.
- Pray for more missionaries and local believers to reach out to the Manya.

August Update

 
“This is exactly how we speak here. It’s so clear, even a little child could understand it!” “There’s a lot I could learn from this book. Please give me a copy of this on my phone.” These are just a few of the encouraging comments made by people upon hearing the recording of Genesis in their own language. After the positive feedback we received from the single-voice recording, we began to move forward in producing multi-voice dramatized versions of the books we have translated. Faith Comes by Hearing, an organization specializing in audio Scriptures, is partnering with us towards this end. We spent a few days recording Jonah, before tackling Genesis. All of the recording is done online with a headset mic. Audio engineers in the USA edit and arrange the clips we record into a professional-sounding program. Jonah and Genesis should be finished and ready for distribution within four months. We also hope to record Matthew and Luke before the end of the year.


Our children continue to thrive here. Audrey is now reading short paragraphs, and loves learning about all the bugs and animals that live in our area. Noah recently overcame some behavior problems and has become a fun and obedient little guy. James turns one on August 20 and we are enjoying his outgoing personality. It’s been neat to see how God has opened doors with our neighbors though our kids. 
            

The longer we serve in this ministry, the more we see how essential are our partnerships with like-minded organizations and individuals throughout the world. Paratext, a computer program designed by the United Bible Societies and SIL, is an invaluable tool we use for Bible translation. A consultant with Pioneer Bible Translators reviews our work, and helps ensure faithfulness to the original text. He is currently reviewing our work on Luke, and John as been submitted as well. And we also thank God for our partnering churches and the individuals who support our work through prayer and finances. We can relate to the words of the Apostle Paul, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” (Phil 1:3-5)

Prayer and Praise:
-      Praise that Sara’s eye infection healed was healed quickly through locally available antibiotic eyedrops.

-      Pray that the people involved in the recording project would come to know Jesus.
-      Pray that God would use the recordings we produce to draw the Manya people to himself.
-      Pray for more missionaries and local believers to reach out to the Manya.

August Update

 
“This is exactly how we speak here. It’s so clear, even a little child could understand it!” “There’s a lot I could learn from this book. Please give me a copy of this on my phone.” These are just a few of the encouraging comments made by people upon hearing the recording of Genesis in their own language. After the positive feedback we received from the single-voice recording, we began to move forward in producing multi-voice dramatized versions of the books we have translated. Faith Comes by Hearing, an organization specializing in audio Scriptures, is partnering with us towards this end. We spent a few days recording Jonah, before tackling Genesis. All of the recording is done online with a headset mic. Audio engineers in the USA edit and arrange the clips we record into a professional-sounding program. Jonah and Genesis should be finished and ready for distribution within four months. We also hope to record Matthew and Luke before the end of the year.


Our children continue to thrive here. Audrey is now reading short paragraphs, and loves learning about all the bugs and animals that live in our area. Noah recently overcame some behavior problems and has become a fun and obedient little guy. James turns one on August 20 and we are enjoying his outgoing personality. It’s been neat to see how God has opened doors with our neighbors though our kids. 
            

The longer we serve in this ministry, the more we see how essential are our partnerships with like-minded organizations and individuals throughout the world. Paratext, a computer program designed by the United Bible Societies and SIL, is an invaluable tool we use for Bible translation. A consultant with Pioneer Bible Translators reviews our work, and helps ensure faithfulness to the original text. He is currently reviewing our work on Luke, and John as been submitted as well. And we also thank God for our partnering churches and the individuals who support our work through prayer and finances. We can relate to the words of the Apostle Paul, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” (Phil 1:3-5)

Prayer and Praise:
-      Praise that Sara’s eye infection healed was healed quickly through locally available antibiotic eyedrops.

-      Pray that the people involved in the recording project would come to know Jesus.
-      Pray that God would use the recordings we produce to draw the Manya people to himself.
-      Pray for more missionaries and local believers to reach out to the Manya.

August Update

 
“This is exactly how we speak here. It’s so clear, even a little child could understand it!” “There’s a lot I could learn from this book. Please give me a copy of this on my phone.” These are just a few of the encouraging comments made by people upon hearing the recording of Genesis in their own language. After the positive feedback we received from the single-voice recording, we began to move forward in producing multi-voice dramatized versions of the books we have translated. Faith Comes by Hearing, an organization specializing in audio Scriptures, is partnering with us towards this end. We spent a few days recording Jonah, before tackling Genesis. All of the recording is done online with a headset mic. Audio engineers in the USA edit and arrange the clips we record into a professional-sounding program. Jonah and Genesis should be finished and ready for distribution within four months. We also hope to record Matthew and Luke before the end of the year.

Our children continue to thrive here. Audrey is now reading short paragraphs, and loves learning about all the bugs and animals that live in our area. Noah recently overcame some behavior problems and has become a fun and obedient little guy. James turns one on August 20 and we are enjoying his outgoing personality. It’s been neat to see how God has opened doors with our neighbors though our kids. 
            

The longer we serve in this ministry, the more we see how essential are our partnerships with like-minded organizations and individuals throughout the world. Paratext, a computer program designed by the United Bible Societies and SIL, is an invaluable tool we use for Bible translation. A consultant with Pioneer Bible Translators reviews our work, and helps ensure faithfulness to the original text. He is currently reviewing our work on Luke, and John as been submitted as well. And we also thank God for our partnering churches and the individuals who support our work through prayer and finances. We can relate to the words of the Apostle Paul, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” (Phil 1:3-5)

Prayer and Praise:
-      Praise that Sara’s eye infection healed was healed quickly through locally available antibiotic eyedrops.

-      Pray that the people involved in the recording project would come to know Jesus.
-      Pray that God would use the recordings we produce to draw the Manya people to himself.
-      Pray for more missionaries and local believers to reach out to the Manya.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Chile - Saints' Meat Stew

1 1/2 cups white corn
2 1/2 pound potatoes
2.5 Tb olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
1/2 cumin
1.5 tsp. paprika
1.5 lbs lamb (I left this one out)
1.5 lbs beef cut in pieces
2 carrots cut in chunks
1.5 pounds chicken cut in pieces
3 cloves garlic, halved
4 celery leaves
1 chicken or beef bouillon cube (at least)
salt and pepper
finely chopped parsley

1. Boil potatoes and set aside.
2. Heat oil and fry onions with paprika and cumin until translucent
3.  Put lamb, beef and carrots in a pot of 3.5 quarts of salted water. Boil for 15 minutes and add chicken, garlic, celery leaves, and bouillon cube and pepper to taste. Cook until meats are tender.
4. Remove meats and shred them. Meanwhile, add the onion mixture to the pot.
5. Bring stew back to a boil and add shredded meat, potatoes, and white corn. Add more salt, pepper, and paprika to taste. Sprinkle with parsley before serving.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Cuban Shredded Beef Recipe

First cook the sofrito and set aside.

Sofrito:
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tbl minced garlic
1 medium onion finely chopped
1/2 green pepper finely chopped
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup water
1/8 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbl vinegar.

Cook garlic, onion, and green pepper in olive oil until translucent. Add remaining ingredients and cook over medium-low heat, stirring.

Cuban Shredded Beef

1 pound flank steak
2 quarts water
1 carrot chopped
1 onion chopped
4 cloves garlic crushed
1/2 green pepper sliced lengthwise
1/2 cup sofrito
1/2 cup meat broth reserved from cooking steak
1 Tbl white cooking wine
1/4 cup sweet peas
2 oz pimiento strips
salt to taste

Boil meat in water with carrot, onion, garlic, and green pepper for 15 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 2 hours or until meat is tender and well done.

Pound the meat, fraying the fibers until you have thread-like strips.

Place beef in a pan with the sofrito, broth,  cooked carrots, cooking wine, and peas. Salt to taste. Pour in juice from pimiento jar and add a few strips of pimiento.

To serve, arrange meat on top of toasted bread. Accompany with fried plantains, rice, and black beans.

Monday, May 9, 2016

April Prayer Letter



Hello from Voinjama! The rainy season has started here, and we’re happy for the cooler temperatures that come with the evening rains. The rain also waters our garden, giving us a good supply of fresh produce. Sara has made good use of this produce, and is now on a mission to cook a meal from each country of the world. She also has a tutor come three times a week to teach her the Manya language.

The kids are thriving here. Audrey turned four in April and Sara has started kindergarten with her. Noah, who is almost three, likes to sit in on the lessons, and is even sounding out short words. James is eight months old, and loves to play alongside the older kids.
 
John-Mark and his assistant Abu are making good progress on the Bible translation. While in the States last year, John-Mark composed a rough draft of Luke. Recently, they revised this draft, and then made further changes after checking it with another native speaker. John-Mark is now making a word-for-word back-translation into English for the consultant to review. In the meantime, they are also creating an audio recording of the book of Genesis. They plan to use this single-voice version for a final review of the text, and also a basis for a future multi-voice, dramatized program. 
As we continue to meet new Manya believers, we are encouraged by their faith, while also being concerned for the difficult situations they are facing. One high school student came to know Jesus while in Monrovia, and now desires to live out her faith at home. But her father has forbidden her to attend church, and forces her to perform the ritual prayers. 
While there is great pressure to remain in the Muslim community, many are curious to learn more about Jesus. Last month John-Mark and some pastors from a local church visited a nearby Manya village and asked the local leadership if we could show a film there. After we were warmly welcomed, we showed the God’s Story film to around 200 people. The chief welcomed us to return and show another film, but asked that we please give them advanced notice so more people could attend. We plan to return soon to show the Jesus film, with the goal of starting a Discovery Bible Study there. 
We mentioned in our last letter our need for a new vehicle. We’re happy to report that one of our supporting churches provided the funds to purchase a 2013 Land Cruiser from some missionary friends who recently left Liberia! What a blessing to finally have a reliable vehicle! We greatly appreciate the prayers and generosity of all who continue to partner with us in this ministry.
 

Pray and Praise:

Praise for a reliable vehicle!
Praise for happy, thriving kids.
Pray for continued progress on the Genesis recording
Pray for the Manya believers who are not free to practice their faith
Pray for more open doors in showing gospel films