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.

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