28 Nov

Prayer Update – 27th November 2013

It feels strange to be in the run up to Christmas when the weather feels more like a beautiful August in the UK.  I definitely still have not adjusted to the different seasonal cues here.  On the subject of holidays, we are thankful to be sharing an American holiday with friends this evening – Thanksgiving!  One of the many benefits of living in a multi-cultural community – you get to partake in each other’s special occasions. 

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We are approaching the end of the semester at Hillcrest [International School] and my students are now deep in their final burst of projects.  The subject that I teach (Computer Applications) is only a single semester course and does not need to be taught again next semester.  As a result I have decided not to teach next semester.  I could take on a new subject but the preparation time required (when I would probably only teach it once) is just not worth it.  I have plenty to do at the office and I am hoping that the extra time I will gain there will mean that I can finally complete some of the things that have been on the back burner for a while.  The main thing that I am desperate to get finished is our Nigerian Languages Database which will help to more efficiently keep track of what is happening in the different languages around Nigeria.

Our Director (Ian Hollman) is currently out of the country and so Tim is adjusting to a slightly different way of working.  He skypes regularly with Ian and is working closely with the Acting Director to keep things running smoothly.  The Hollmans are expecting a baby in about a week’s time, please pray that everything will go smoothly for them and that they will be able to return on schedule in February.

If you can, please take a few minutes to pray for . . .

Praise

Opportunities to be thankful with friends!

Approaching the end of another peaceful semester at Hillcrest

Prayer

Safe delivery for the Hollman’s baby 

Good communication between the leadership while Ian is away

Effective use of my extra time at the office next semester

16 Nov

Prayer Update – 16th November 2013

Greetings from Jos.

1-IMG_0082The large junction right outside our compound is being pulled apart and reconstructed, they have been working on it for several months now and still have a long way to go!  So we are basically living on the edge of a construction site.  The noise is not too bad, much better than the constant car horns we used to have anyway!  Over the last couple of days they have expanded their site further along the road and this morning Dan and I had to clamber around a large pile of dirt that blocked our path to school.  Not too much of a big deal really, until we realised that there was a large digger adding dirt to it as we were trying to squeeze around it!  Health and Safety here is certainly is not the restrictive beast that it is in the UK.

Tim and I both had a fairly busy weekend last weekend, both of us on very different “retreats” that happened to have been organised for the same weekend.

Mine was for Hillcrest Staff and it was very relaxing with plenty of time to read and enjoy good food. 

Tim’s retreat was much more work orientated.  There is a group of leaders from different organisations involved with Bible Translation that meet every two months or so and share what they are up to.  There was a desire to push it beyond just sharing reports and to try and actually talk about strategy and how they can better work together.  So they set aside this weekend to spend together and have more time to discuss partnership, strategy and build relationships.  Tim came back very energised (at least emotionally if not physically!) and excited about the progress that had been made.  We are praying that it will have an on-going impact in the way these organisations work together.

In many ways it was a massive answer to prayer.  Tim was remembering back to a meeting 3.5 years ago when he was visiting Nigeria with Kent Anderson, before we had even considered moving to Nigeria.  That meeting was supposed to be a gathering of the Bible Translation organisations to talk about partnership but it didn’t really have the desired effect. To have come from that to the groups spending a weekend together and talking seriously about how they can better work together is amazing and clearly shows God at work in these organisations.  This is God’s task that he has allowed us to have a part of!

On Monday we had our Wycliffe World Day of Prayer that Tim was organising for our group.  The idea is that all over the world, the Wycliffe Groups gather together and pray on that day as a reminder of how fundamental prayer is to our mission.  We had a good time praying in small groups and large groups and individually for the work and for the country.  Tim did a great job of organising it and keeping it varied and interesting.

Dan had to present his Creative Arts Fair project to his class at school on Wednesday.  Last year he wrote a stand-up routine which brought the house (or maybe I should say the school) down.  This year lots of people were asking him if he was going to do the same thing again but he opted to do a family tree of the Greek gods instead.  He has been enjoying reading a series by Rick Riordan that is kind of the Greek gods in modern day and that has got him interested in Greek mythology.  We haven’t heard yet if he will be presenting again in the main chapel (if you are British, think assembly) as well.

I hope you are all well, please do let us know if there is anything that we can pray for!

If you can, please could you take a few minutes to pray for the following:

 

Praise

A hugely encouraging weekend for Tim and beyond that for Bible Translation in Nigeria!

Dan enjoyed presenting his Creative Arts Project

Prayer

That the ideas shared and commitments made over the weekend would bear fruit

That Tim would be able to rest well and recover from all the hard work he put in

07 Nov

Prayer update – 8th November 2013

Greetings from hot, dry and dusty Jos.

We are definitely easing into dry season now.  We have had no rain for almost a month and things are starting to dry out.  It is quite warm with clear blue skies every day without fail, the nights are nice and cool though, making it easier to sleep.

Last Saturday we hosted a bonfire night on our compound.  I know, it was on the wrong date but a Saturday night is so much more convenient than a Tuesday!  As we sat around the fire in our short sleeves enjoying the blaze I did think of all those of you who will be celebrating in many layers, complete with scarves and gloves.  There are definitely some advantages to the weather here!

The last two days Tim has been attending the local video cast of the Global Leadership Summit.  The original one takes place in America and then recordings of the talks are presented by local facilitators all over the world.  Fourteen people from our group were able to attend and learn more about how to “Lead where you are”.

This coming weekend (8th-10th) Tim is helping to facilitate a retreat for leaders in Bible translation organisations in N1geria.  They are hoping to spend some of their time looking at the strategy needed for them to work together to promote and support Bible Translation.

I am going to be on a short retreat this weekend for Hillcrest Staff, it will be good to have the opportunity to get to know some of the staff better.  Now, some of you may have noticed that this leaves Dan on his own!  Fear not, he is going to spend Friday night with friends and I will be back to collect him on Saturday afternoon.

Thank you so much to all of you who have been praying for Dan, especially during his Tuesday afternoon Art class.  He seems much more settled in general and he reports that there have been no further incidents in Art class.  Please do continue to pray for him, especially that he will learn more about how to be a good friend to others.

Praise

Dan is feeling more settled and happy at school

Opportunity for Tim to attend the Global Leadership Summit

Opportunity for Ali to attend the Hillcrest Staff Retreat

Prayer

The strategy discussions between the different organisations will be productive and unifying

Dan will learn the skills he needs to befriend the other members of his class without compromising who he is

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