29 Nov

Hillcrest School

The AMAZING people in Nigeria have sent us a little DVD of Hillcrest school.   We thought you might be interested.

You can also check out their website. http://www.hillcrestschool.net/

We are in the process of arranging a coffee and cake do one afternoon in Jan, keep your ears and eyes open for the invite!

26 Nov

New Website

SOO many things need sorting and thinking about and organising before heading out to Nigeria.  1 such thing is this blog.

Sorry if this bores you, but it used to be hosted by the people who provided my internet at home in Chinnor.  When we head out to Nigeria, we will no longer have a supply company that can host the blog.   After a whole heap of research, I took the plunge and bought a new address www.robinsonta.org and some new server space.  I managed to take advantage of American thanksgiving sales!

You’ll notice  the site it almost identical, but a few kinks i am still trying to work out!

22 Nov

More detail on Ali's school post in Nigeria

A few people got in touch after my post about Ali submitting her CV for teaching in Nigeria.   Coming out not long after our newsletter about fundraising, I think I might have caused a bit of confusion. Sorry about that!  Here is my attempt to clear it up.

As Wycliffe members servign overseas we need to raise all the support we need before we can go.
Ali’s assignment we hope, will be to teach at Hillcrest school in Jos.
We hope Dan will be a pupil at the same school.
The school is managed by a collection of organisations working in Jos, Wycliffe is just one of those.
The school won’t pay Ali a salary, but there is a sytem in place to discount the fee’s we need to pay for Dan attending the school.   The more teachers that Wycliffe provide for the school, the bigger the discount can be.
That discount system will apply to all the Wycliffe kids who are in the school, enabling their parents to continue to do their jobs, be it translation, literacy, manager or any of the other hundred jobs that people do in Nigeria.

So it may be indirect, but Ali working at the school will reduce the amount we need to raise before we can head out there.

15 Nov

Fab Video from Nigeria

This is the second in a series of videos produced by Wycliffe USA.  I met Chris and Chrissy when i was out in Nigeria back in January.   I look forward to hanging out with them, and quite possibly working closely with Chris on the project funding stuff.

Meet the Winkler’s — Part 2 from Wycliffe USA on Vimeo.

I hope our first few weeks are a bit easier than theirs!

08 Nov

Ali teaching in Nigeria

Image of a tecern standing at a blackboard

NOT Ali teaching!

So part of what we hope to do when we get to Nigeria, is for Ali to teach in the international school there. The team we’re looking at joining, have just joined as part of the management team of the school. I’m not up on all the details, but it means they et involve din how the school is run, but also have a requirement to provide so many teachers. Everyone is excited that Ali might help with filling that quote, but in order to start the Autumn 2011 term, Ali had to do a rushed job on a CV to email out to the personnel coordinator who is meeting with the head later this week.

  • Please do pray that we can communicate clearly, and that the right post will be open next year, for about the right hours that Ali is happy to teach.
03 Nov

Bible Fresh Launch event cancelled :(

Sorry if any of you were thinking about joining us but the office have just released this message.

Dear All,

The event to mark the launch of the Biblefresh Bible translation stream, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 16th November 2010 at St Paul’s Church, London has been cancelled due to a combination of circumstances making the event unviable.

This in no way affects the Bible translation element of Biblefresh and the ongoing support of Bible translation projects (www.biblefresh.com).

Kind regards,

01 Nov

Nigeria, Wycliffe and Money

Sometimes it is really hard for people to get clear picture of what our lives and work will be like when we head to Nigeria. One such area is money and our responsibility to raise our own funds. We wanted to take a moment now to try and provide a little more information on that area.

How do Wycliffe members get their money and why?
Wycliffe Bible Translators (the charity we work with!) require all members to raise their own support. Although this method puts more responsibility on the individuals involved (some charities raise funds centrally through campaigns and then pay their members a salary), we are firm believers that this is a good way to fund individual members. It both broadens the potential support base of the charity (providing more stability during times of financial difficulty), whilst providing a closer (more personal and therefore mutual) relationship between the supporter and the supported (which in turn helps people feel more connected with the work which is being carried out). Instead of people giving to a general appeal, they give to specific people (with faces!) and specific work.

Why can’t members just work part-time where they are?
Firstly we want to be able to devote all (or at least as much as we can!) of our working time to the main task at hand, literacy work! Secondly, almost all the countries where we go to work have VERY strict rules about who can get work (i.e. paid employment) visas, and so the visas we get do not allow us to receive a salary in the countries we are working in.

How do members know how much they need?
There is an amazing system in place that no matter where you happen to be working you can fill out a worksheet and get a monthly support quota. This amount of money is based on the location of the work (some parts of the world are more expensive to live in than others!), the number of people in the family (children cost money apparently…!) and the role that will be carried out.  The idea is to have a target that is suitable for you and your needs rather than plucked out of the air.

What is this money for?
In short, this monthly support quota should make sure each member (or family unit) has enough money to live and work in their location, i.e. it should cover ALL their costs. If you try and think of all your living and work costs, that is what this amount should cover. As a few examples, however, the different types of costs this money covers are: flights to the country, house rent, utility bills, food, work costs (travel, computer equipment etc), communication costs, education costs, Wycliffe administration costs, health insurance, tax, pension contribution, you name it, it should be covered by the quota.

Why do members need to raise more money from time to time?
If the persons circumstances change (they move location, they get married, they have children) a new quota is calculated and they must increase (or decrease!) their support. Members often raise their support through friends, family, churches or other local groups committing to give an amount each month. Obviously from time to time people have to stop their support due to personal/financial circumstances and so this money needs to be raised from somewhere else too.  In our case, moving to Nigeria will mean loosing Ali’s teaching salary.

I hope this helps give a slightly better picture of  the hows and whys of the Wycliffe system.  There is more explanation on this page on this Wycliffe Web Site.  As you may already know we are currently in the position of needing to raise more money even before we head out to Nigeria.

If you want to help us out, please be praying for God’s timely provision, as I am sure you know God’s timing doesn’t always match ours!
If you wish to give, the best place to start is on the Wycliffe Web site.

Thank you the Wisbeys for writing the original post that I have stolen most of.

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