Greetings from a warming Jos,
The rains are dying down and the temperature is rising. This is one of my favourite times of year because the all-invasive damp is starting to retreat and yet everything is still lush and green. Dan and I spent some time at our local (outdoor) swimming pool on Saturday and the temperature was just perfect!
Tim has made it safely back from Niger State where he was visiting several projects. The roads were terrible and the drive long and arduous but they stayed safe and apart from a small incident with a ditch, the car survived well! We don’t take safe travel for granted here, we heard of two people just last week who were killed in accidents on the road. After his trip, Tim took a week off work and spent some of it in Abuja (where he had to drop off the visitors that travelled with him to Niger State). He had fun being able to actually go to the cinema and just have some time with no responsibilities. He is now back at work and deep into Financial Year End sorting out.
Dan got his progress report from school and has done really well in all his subjects, including an A in his difficult Algebra class. He is still discovering how his role as a Class Officer works, they have run a Bake Sale at school and are now planning a Pancake breakfast for the community. I keep finding myself looking at him and wondering when he got all tall and lanky, he has very nearly overtaken me in height but I think I am still just about holding my own! Dan is struggling a bit with managing his time wisely in the evenings. He is getting a fair bit of homework and I am trying to leave him to do it when he chooses, with minimal reminders. Dan however, would much rather be reading a book!
I have been working on gathering up to date information from all our partners in Nigeria about the translation projects that they are involved with so that we can all get a better picture of who is doing what. There is one group of eight languages (Azelle, Bogghom, Chakfem, Pyam, Boi, Ywom, Montol and Sanga), all from Plateau State (where we live) that have just completed Luke’s gospel in their languages. None of these languages had even been written down before they started and now they will be able to read or listen to the story of Jesus in their language! As most of the language speakers will be unable to read it, at least at first, the gospel will be published both as a physical book and as an audio recording. Pray that this small portion of God’s Word will awaken a thirst for more.
Thank you for praying for us and for God’s work here in Nigeria!
- Safe travel for Tim and the team to and from Niger State
- Tim able to take some time off
- Dan thriving at school
- Luke’s gospel ready to publish in 8 more languages!
- Real rejuvenation for Tim
- The 8 language communities receiving God’s Word in their language for the first time would be deeply impacted by it
- Dan able to have more self-control in how he manages his time