25 Apr

Support Level for Nigeria

WOO HOO, we have made it to 50% of what we need before we can head out to Nigeria!

REJOICE with us!

KEEP PRAYING for us!

If you missed the info about Nigeria, you can check it out here. http://www.robinsonta.org/nigeria-plans/

If you would like to join our support team, it’s really easy, you can go to this page

20 Apr

April 2011 Email Update

 

 

Happy Easter 2011

We hope you are having a wonderful celebration time, we ahve taken the chance in the school holidays to do a bunch of jobs in the house that need doing!
Sometimes we are asked if we do actually ‘Bible Translation’, the answer is well, no but we do help facilitate it! For every Bible Translator around the world there is 8 / 9 other people working in a whole variety of other roles.

Tim has spent the past 12 months organising the From Eden to Eternity tour in partnership with Saltmine Theatre Company.  The show was written by Richard Hasnip who is responsible for the creative arts track at Regents College, he also came to help on the RE day at Risborough school.    We have toured twice covering over 6000 miles and a total of 46 venues in Ireland, N.Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales!    What has that got to do with Bible Translation I hear you ask!  Everything.  The show told the story of the Bible from Creation to Revelation, with a presentation about the work of Wycliffe throughout the evening.  8000 people saw the show and most of them hadn’t had much exposure to Wycliffe before and we also raised around £30,000 to fund 4 bible translation projects in Nigeria for eh next 2 years.

In Sept 2010 Ali agreed to take on another day a week teaching at Wycombe High School, resulting in 4 days 1 week and 3 the next. It has been great for Ali to have the opportunity to extend her hours and it has been helpful to get a better idea of her capacity, unfortunately we think she may have reached capacity, when she was sign off work at the end of January.  The doctors have never given a fully satisfactory answer as to what caused it, but we think, Ali was probably more tired that we realised and pick up a virus she couldn’t shake off.  She is going to begin a gradual return after the Easter holidays.  What has that got to do with Bible Translation I hear you ask!  We are in the process of planning to move out to Nigeria, and teachers are the number 1 need in the whole of the mission world.  If there aren’t enough teachers in the school, missionaries have to home school their kids and so they aren’t able to fulfil the call on their lives and progress in every type of project with Wycliffe or with other organisations slows down or even halts.  Ali will not only be serving the Wycliffe community but also other ex-pat and national workers for God.

Dan continues to enjoy school.  We had a great parent-teacher conference a few weeks ago, confirming that Dan is doing well academically, especially in maths and reading.  This should stand him in good stead as he moves to a new school in Nigeria!  Dan has been going to a holiday club called “Showstoppers” this week at Long Crendon Baptist Church. They had a talent show last night at which Dan recited “Now we are Six” by A A Milne – he had a great time and was given a “Best Newcomer” certificate.

 

PRAY

Pray for peace and wisdom in this time of many transitions on all the various roles he plays.

 

 

PRAY

Pray for complete Healing and wisdom to balance all the various needs of work, family and future.

 

 

PRAY

Pray that he will continue to enjoy all that he is involved in, and that the excitement of moving to Nigeria will never cease!

 

 

 

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15 Apr

Aspergers Syndrome, I’m an Aspie and proud!

Initially this whole thing was a relief but at the same time unchartered territory for me and hard to process and understand.   There doesn’t’ seem to be a definitive description of Aspergers.  The most useful I ahve found comes from the Autism Edu website.

http://www.autismedu.com/glossary.html

Asperger’s Syndrome – Is a pervasive developmental disorder that is characterized by near normal language acquisition accompanied by marked delays in the social domain. Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome have normal to above normal intelligence and tend to have restricted areas of interests. Many people/professionals refer to High Functioning Autism (HFA) and Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) as one in the same. There is still a lot of controversy as to whether AS and HFA should be two distinct disorders. It is important to note though that some children diagnosed with classic Autism at an early age can gain so much skills that by the time they are adolescents they do not fit the criteria for Autism according to the DSM IV, but Asperger’s Syndrome.

 

Basically, my brain is wired a bit differently – I see things and process in ways other people don’t.  I struggle with things that other people don’t.  But at least understanding that my brain is wired differently, removes the pressure to be something i am not.  Spending so long trying to be like everyone else causes exhaustion, frustration and contributes to depression.     Instead I can put things in place to avoid the frustration or at least recognise the areas that can cause frustration and when those things do happen – (which they will) I can try react in a way that is appropriate.

Imagine computers, on the whole computers at the same they look similar, some look prettier than others, some have better memory than others, some a larger than others.    Having Aspergers is a bit like being a MAC in the world of computers.  Basically we are the same, but sometimes we are hard to communicate with, sometimes we don’t’ respond as expected,  and some things we do exceptional well don’t take that analogy too far though!

I struggle to keep myself in check, trying not to expect people to understand and treat me differently, trying not to fall into the victim spirit.   I do epically fail on so many occasions I am only at the start of this journey and I hope over time I can make more adjustments and observe my behaviour and thought processes earlier.

I’ll some more later down the line about how it works out in my life.

 

 

11 Apr

Depression part 2

Just over a year ago I wrote a blog post about being diagnosed with depression, you can read it here.   Well it is now another year and a bit further on and things and moved and I think they have progressed.  2 things happened that eventually came together at the doctors.

1 –  A rather daft facebook game testing for autistic traits (that I scored a bit higher on that I was comfortable with), a bit more research just to put my mind led to a desire to have a discussion with my doctor about it.

2– One of the things the doc had asked me to do was to try and identify things that triggered ‘down times’.  I had quite a list of things that caused frustration the combination of which can cause downs.

Just before the summer 2010 I was having that review with the Doctor and as doctors do, he asked what he could do to help, I mentioned both of these things.  He started by looking at the list of things I had pulled together, and looked at the list and pulled out a book about aspergers syndrome.  It turns out my list of frustrations were all part of a bigger list of possible aspergers traits.

So with that list and the discussion of the results from silly online games, we had quite a discussion! The conclusion was that I am a high function aspie.  Aspie is the term used to describe someone who has Aspergers Syndrome.

A rather unexpected turn in the scheme of things, but an eye opener and again, great to be able to understand myself a bit more and realise that so much of my frustration in life is simply the result of not understanding before that my brain is genuinely wired differently from most people.   Okay we all work differently, think differently, act differently and behave differently; we are unique just like everybody else!

I’ll write some more later down the line about how it works out in my life, it is an ongoing process I hope to continue to discover as time goes on.

 

10 Apr

100 words

A couple weeks ago the England football manager declared that he only needed 100 words of English to effectively communicate with his team.    He was of course only responding to abuse form people saying that he isnt’ taking his job seriously if he hasn’t’ bothered to grasp our language.  That of course is the latest reason England fans are using for what has frankly been a SHOCKING period of English football.

It did get my brain thinking about the desperate need for people to be communicated to, in the language that speaks to them.  Otherwise meaning gets lost.  no way around such a limited vocab, will not allow Fabio to communicate with his team.  Likewise the Bible, it needs to be in the language of peoples hearts or they are simply not going to understand it.

A colleague of mine has written a great blog post looking at the Bible in 100 words.  this post form Pete.

06 Apr

BBC News – Nigeria

Nigeria – renown for filling my inbox with unfounded offers and of late – violence.   BUT when GOD calls you to go, there is only 1 response.  ‘Here I am send me’

Nigeria were due to start their election on Saturday but there were some problems and the polls were delayed.

BBC News – Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan backs poll delay.

 

PRAY for Nigeria, it’s people and it’s leadership.
PRAY that this election can and will go ahead peacefully.
PRAY for ex-pat comunities serving in Nigeria

PRAY for God’s kingdom to come in Nigeria.

04 Apr

Tour over for another year

On the way out of Stormont

As I sit working on the REAL exciting stuff of budgets and invoices, I realise that I am blessed to have a brain that isn’t’ scared of numbers.  In fact I am a little bit excited by them, or more by the significance of them.

I’m 30.  That is the same age as Jesus started his ministry.
There are 7000 languages in the world, to some that is just a number, but when I only speak 1 of them badly, that number is huge!    When over 2000 of them don’t have a single word of scripture, the % is WAY too high!

The tour is over.  My life is a little more normal for a few months, yet I am amazed by what just happened in March.   Here are some numbers!

Number of venues: 18
Total attendance:  3800
Response cards to stay in touch: 287
People who want to be a Wycliffe Voice in their church: 40
Bible fresh Manuals distributed: 125
Miles travelled: 2700 = 2 d 6h 32m on the road.

Now to a lot of you those are simply numbers.  But we were aiming for 15 venues when we started out 9 months ago.  3800 people is about 1000 MORE that we hoped for.  2700 is about the same as going to Morocco and back or this side of Canada, quite some distance travelled!

All the fun of touring and the satisfaction of a job well done can’t really take away the need for so many people all over the world to find out about Jesus.  My prayer is that the impact of this tour goes beyond the statistics on the page, but has some Kingdom impact.

 

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