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Serving the Servants

Servers! (Anne, far right)

Anne works part-time at the Waxhaw Creek Apartments, an independent living facility run by Wycliffe Bible Translators for retirees, here in North Carolina. This Friday our monthly dinner was held along with a Town Meeting. Items discussed were “Scams targeting the elderly”, “soap scum”  as well as introducing our new maintenance manager, Bob Seavey.

Bob and Barb Seavey have been members of Wycliffe for 38 years, serving many of them in Peru. Barb was born in Peru and her parents were Wycliffe missionaries. After Barb’s father died, her mother came to live at the apartments until her own death. So it is a blessing to both Bob and Anne to serve this long line of folk who have served God all over the world.

Many of them continue to serve as pictured above! Thank you for being a part of this line of servers: You serve us with your prayers and financial gifts and then we serve others, some who continue to serve and some who are retired.

We love you all!

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Posted by on March 19, 2018 in Anne, Bible Translation

 

This just in….February Dedications!

Please join us in praising God for these Scripture dedications that took place in February!

  • Northern Thai New Testament dedication in Thailand on Feb. 2, 2018:

    • Population: 6,000,000.

    • Published in one volume but with parallel Thai and ancient Lanna scripts.

    • Available in print, on “Audio Bible” MP3 players and a free smartphone app.

  • Menya New Testament dedication in Papua New Guinea on Feb. 23, 2018:

    • Population: 25,000.

    • 400 MegaVoice units with the recorded New Testament were also available for sale.

    • A two-week Scripture application and leadership training course followed the dedication, with 52 participants.

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2018 in Bible Translation

 

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This is OUR work…

Kasua Bible Dedication

I love watching videos of the “end” product: people receiving God’s Word in their own mother tongue.

Of course, it’s not the end…it’s the beginning of them receiving the very words of God in a way that they can understand it and then having the choice to be in relationship with God.

Click here to see the Kasua people of Papua New Guinea getting the Bible in their own language. If you are in a rush, fast forward to the testimony of their co-translator around 3.50 minutes. Beautiful!!

This is our work, my partners!! Thank you again!

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2018 in Bible Translation

 

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No…Thank YOU!!!

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Every time we write our thank you notes, we pray and praise over the person that we are writing to. So it was a delight to receive this email from one of our dear supporters, a woman who has partnered with us for 30 years!

I’ve gotten many thank-you notes from you over the years, so I thought, with the suggestion of my Daily Bread devotional, that my thanks to you are long overdue.

Paul said in his letter to the Philippians, “I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you because your faith has been reported all over the world.”

So I want to thank you and Ken for your deep faith and diligence which brings the message of Jesus Christ to so many people around the world.

I love you and ask God to continue to bless you, which of course he will.

As I recently studied the Gifts that God has given each of us, I can’t help but give praise to God for how each of you have used your gifts for the kingdom of God. Look what it says in I Peter 4:10-11:

Each of you should use whatever gift you have…..so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ! 

Thank you for your continued prayers and support toward the mission of Bible Translation.

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2018 in Bible Translation, Family

 

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When did you last rush towards your Bible?

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Reading immediately after receiving the New Testament in their own language!

Sudan, Africa has had a rough history. Coups, civil war, terrorism, famine and other turmoils have rocked its people.

But in spite of these difficulties, many people have worked on a Bible Translation for the Baka people over the last 30 years. One such person was Rev. Bennett Marona. Invited to help translate the Bible into his mother tongue, it became a priority for him. He worked as a pastor and a translator at different times.

When war came to his village, he like thousands of other people, carried their children to what was then the country of Zaire. They walked for 7 days. Children died, people became ill, and they were hungry and thirsty.

But even while living in a refugee camp, Bible Translation continued!! What tenacity for this job!!

“I continued in this work because I wanted the Baka to hear God’s voice with their own ears, “ says Rev. Marona.

In the Fall of 2017, the Baka New Testament was finally dedicated!

At the ceremony to celebrate, Rev. Marona reported, “God is not far from us now….He is not a foreigner.” 

As the boxes of New Testaments were opened at its dedication, people rushed to the books, not wanting to wait another minute to start reading!! They immediately opened their Bibles and started reading in their own language!

When was the last time I rushed to my Bible?

Your support of Bible Translation has made this possible. Praise God with us today!

Click Shine to see a video of this fabulous story!!!

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2018 in Bible Translation, Video, Wycliffe Bible Translators

 

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The Finish Line

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There is nothing better than seeing the finish line at the end of a race, a project or even a road trip. You’ve reached your goal! Yay! 

At Wycliffe, we have about 300 Bible Translation projects that are nearing their finish line too. Within three years they will have reached their goals for getting God’s word into the hands and ears of those who need it and are waiting for it!

If you like to pray, or would like to get others to pray, click on this link. You can download  a booklet to pray for these projects. If it seems overwhelming, sign to get a monthly list of 30 projects to pray for, one a day.

Your prayers will help get others to the finish line of Bible Translation!

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2018 in Bible Translation

 

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One Happy Customer

 

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Ken and his colleague recently received this note from someone that they had counseled about their retirement accounts:

Hello Ken and Jerry,

You’d be happy to know that I wrote to the retirement office and increased our monthly amount we contribute.  Isn’t that a switch from wanting to withdraw funds?

This is all because of your wisdom and advice.

Pray we can sell our home here in PNG soon (we leave here on Dec. 15) and in Dallas and invest some more funds into our retirement and help boys go to school debt free.

Thanks for all your help.

E——

Every member that comes for advice has different issues depending on their age, where they live, how much money they have put aside for retirement and many other things. Each are different and need to have recommendations that fits their scenario.

Thank you for supporting Bible Translation as we serve those who serve on the field. They really appreciate it!

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2018 in Uncategorized