Nassadu

Nassadu

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

April Prayer Letter


    A v'i wuli! (He is risen!). This joyous refrain is the backbone of our faith, and we are thankful for the opportunities to share this good news on Easter Sunday. In the morning John-Mark preached at church from Ephesians about how God raised Jesus and seated Him above all powers and authorities, so we no longer have to live in fear. For the countless people here living in fear of death and evil forces, this is good news indeed!
    Then in the evening Sara hosted an Easter party for the kids in our community. They had a blast running around the yard looking for Easter eggs and eating the hot dogs and potato salad we made for them, but most importantly she shared the story of Jesus' death and resurrection. Many of the children come from families who follow a different religion, and this was their first time hearing the Easter story. Please pray for our Sunday night Bible club, that these children, teens, and young adults will continue to come and feel loved, and learn of God's love for each one of them.
    These last four months have been incredibly busy. Here are a few highlights:
    - In February, we traveled to Monrovia for SIM's annual Spiritual Life Retreat. This was a refreshing and encouraging time.
    - In March, two animal-capture experts flew in from South Africa and hiked with John-Mark deep in the bush, trying to gather evidence of the gbahai (a huge reptile believed to be unknown to science). Although they heard more compelling eyewitness accounts, they found the area around the river to be severely overhunted and 
did not see any signs of the creature.
    - We turned our house into a bed-and-breakfast! OK, not really, but we've enjoyed hosting a variety of people over the last few months including three American Mennonite ladies, the two South Africans and an Australian friend, as well as a man from Ethiopia. We currently have three American guys who are staying with us for a month while they work with Samaritan's Purse to rehabilitate the local airstrip.
    We've also faced some serious health challenges along the way.  While in Monrovia for Christmas break, we learned that our son Noah had a congenital condition that would require corrective surgery. Providentially, there was a team of American medical professionals visiting Liberia at the time who were able to complete the procedure at no charge. Then last month John-Mark slipped on some gravel while riding his motorcycle, cracking a rib, spraining a wrist, getting scraped and bruised all over in the process. He had to take it slow for a while, but is almost back to normal now. Finally Baby James was weak and lethargic recently with a high fever, but thankfully responded well to treatment and has returned to full health. 
    Despite these challenges, John-Mark and his assistant Abu have continued to make good progress in the translation work. In early April, a Manya pastor from Guinea came and helped with the review of John and James. We are now doing a final read-through of the four Gospels in preparation for recording. Currently only a handful of Manya people know how to read their mother tongue. In order to address this problem, we have prepared a primer and book of folktales to be used in a pilot literacy program. People are very excited to see their language in writing for the first time. Thanks again for your prayers and support. We couldn't be here without you!

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.