03 Jun

Newsletter Summer 2013

So yesterday Ali and Dan traveled to the Capital and today (in fact, very early this morning) they flew to London 🙂

 

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13 Feb

Feb Newsletter

It has been a long time in the pipeline, but here is our latest newsletter 🙂

Feb 2012 newsletter

04 Oct

October Update

First of all, please accept our apologies for the lack of updates.  We have been hampered by what I shall call ‘transitional hiccups’.  A big adjustment has been in how we try and access the internet here.  All internet access in our part of the country is by way of 3G Cell phone network.  We pay for it on a sort of pre-pay process involving ‘phone credit’ that we scratch off the code and enter it to an SMS number similar to many pay-as-you-go systems in the UK.  You get the idea that it can be complex, and so we have had to figure out a couple of new ways of working and sharing with you all.  I have to extend my thanks to Dave Hewer who has been able to help us out!

How are we doing?   Dan is still doing well at school; he is enjoying the bigger environment, and has made some friends quickly.  He also enjoys our living environment, the compound we are on has plenty of people he interacts with and plays with and he feels very at home.  Ali has been interacting with some people in the office and has agreed to help out by becoming the curator of two databases holding information about the translation needs in Nigeria and the materials that have already been produced for Nigeria languages.  It isn’t what we were expecting her to get involved in, but as there isn’t a need for her teaching skills right now, she is looking forward to turning her hand to this and serving in this way, and the director responsible for it is thrilled to have her on board.  I (Tim) am settling into the office and starting to get my head around my various roles in the office.  The project funding cycle means the work comes and goes, but building good relationships with the people who I will relate to in that role has been going well.  As part of my special projects for the Director role, I have done a bunch of different things from setting up rooms, to creating booklets for meetings, to currently looking after visitors from Wycliffe UK.

You can find our latest set of pictures here including some of the projects I have visited with our UK visitors:    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150287960476914.334353.512536913&l=c648b596c8&type=1

One thing we are still trying to get our heads around here is the cost of living, and where to buy the things we need / want.  It can be something as simple as who sells the best bananas at a price we are happy with, all the way to – we have a water leak, how do we get it fixed?!  It is amazing that some things are so simple here like, for example, the ‘veg lady’ who sells right outside our compound, is extremely popular with most of the mission community, and we have her on the doorstep!  On the other hand however is the buying-a-car experience.  It is far more complex than in the UK and also FAR more expensive than in the UK.   We have been hugely blessed to have access to a car until mid-December when the owners return from the USA.  It does mean we need to get on with starting the process of buying our own car.   If you feel you would be able to financially help us with that, do please get in touch!

We had the immense privilege of attending a New Testament Dedication for a nomadic people earlier this week.   It was so exciting to be reminded of the impact of the ministry we are involved in out here.  Nigeria has 520 languages, maybe 300 of those have not a single word of scripture yet!  How are people to know Christ?  How are people to understand His Word for themselves?  How are churches supposed to grow and establish deep roots?    People need a Bible they can understand!

 

Praise:

  • Dan settling in well and loving Nigeria
  • Provision of housing in a compound with great people
  • Good relationships with other people in our mission community

Pray:

  • Wisdom as we look at purchasing a car that will meet our needs
  • Continued wisdom about our work roles and how best to employ our skills
25 Jun

Latest Newsletter

Well only a few weeks to go before we hope to leave for Nigeria 🙂

Here is out latest newsletter- newsletter july2011

You can find the archive HERE

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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26 Oct

Autumn Newsletter

FINALLY I have completed and edited out latest newsletter!

You can find it by clicking on the newsletter page at the top.

or by clicking this link to our newsletter page

15 Jul

Latest Newsletter

I guess you could consider this shameless self promotion, but we just sent our latest newsletter, and I don’t have everyones email address, and so in the interest of maximum exposure I have blogged it too!

click here to see our latest letter and archive.

Enjoy.

Of course if you want to get on our mailing list, contact me somehow!

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