04 Jan

Translator Kidnapped in Nigeria

Translator Kidnapped in Nigeria

January 3, 2011 by wycliffeprayer

“For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him” (Psalm 34:7, NLT).

The translator/coordinator of the Tarok translation project in Nigeria was kidnapped in Jos on December 16. Please pray for the safe release of Stephen. Pray too, for his family, and for the Tarok translation team. As a result of this incident, the team was forced to cancel a translation checking session scheduled for this month. The Tarok translation is a project of The Seed Company.

  • Pray for Stephen, and ask God to minister to him during his captivity. Pray for his immediate release.
  • Continue to pray for peace to be fully restored in Jos after the recent unrest over Christmas.

Tarok is 190km southeast of jos.

15 Sep

Nigerian's dedicate another Bible

My friends Chris and Christiebased out in Nigeria have just written about a wonderful Bible dedication seramony they attend in Nigeria. 

A few weekends ago, a little more than a year after we first moved here, we had the opportunity to attend a

 Scripture dedication right alongside the language community which was receiving the Bible in their own language: the Berom people of Plateau State, Nigeria.  This was a real privilege!

read the rest at their blog here

19 Aug

Part of a process

People often find it hard to fully understand what is involved in ‘Bible Translation’ all around the world.  You may not know it, but there is a lot more to it than sitting reading one book and writing another.

Matt and Liz have spent a couple years over in Tanzania workign in the realm of literacy and they have just written the most fantastic blog post all about the bigger picture of Bible Translation.

“So those are the main parts of a language project. Of course there are many people involved in Wycliffe’s work that are not found in one of these key departments. We need computer, finance and admin people too. Without skilled people in all of these areas of administration the rest of the team would not be able to do the work they do. It is also extremely important to do partnership work with the local churches, to work together to see a language project completed and awareness raised. Wycliffe does not go into communities and insist that their language be developed, literacy classes taught and a translation done. We only work in communities that request the skills we can bring and are fully committed to working with us. We know from our experience in Tanzania that change cannot happen in communities without the local people being completely on board with the vision and willing to carry it to completion themselves with Wycliffe’s assistance.”

The rest of thier post is well well worth a read too!  it can be found here on their blog.

13 Jul

Togo 2010 Update 2 – Sent on Sunday 11th July

Monday 5th
Pretty much the whole day was taken up with travelling to Bassar. We and all our bags piled into the minibus and headed off at 0700! We arrived about 1500 and promptly prayed over the building our beds and then the rains came! Boy was it loud, pretty awesome! Hanging mosquito nets is a bit of a mission when you are hot and sticky, but they all got hung and supplies bought and we started to settle in!

Tuesday 6th
Day 1 in Bassar involved a little walk into town to visit the police station
to let them know we are around in town. The Chief Constable, Raymond there is always very welcoming and open to hear about what we are up to this time on our visit. Wondering around the town is surprising hot and tiresome for us ‘yovo’ (white people), so after a lovely siesta we sat down with our resident linguist, Ruth who taught us some of the basic linguistics we need to go on and learn some Ntcham. This mostly involved trying to figure out how we make all the various sounds in English, only to find that Ntcham has so many others that we aren’t used to making!

Wednesday 7th
The morning had in store for us our first Ntcham learning session with Samuel. We learnt about the different sounds in the Ntcham alphabet and then all the various greetings. We moved onto to have a wander into town practicing those greetings with everyone we meet along the way.
The afternoon was spent chilling out hope for the big rain storm to come our way. It didn’t.

Thursday 8th
This morning was Ntcham class 102. 0900 in the office with Samuel learning our new Ntcham names. The pronunciations can be a challenge!

Tim- Gbati
Steve-Ubootu
Ruth- Damba
Megan – Jabii
Aimee – Saai
Lizzy – Jeeti
Miriam – Jaai
Hannah – Ajaa

We learnt how to introduce our selves and ask “what is your name” we also learnt a few more ‘survival’ phrases like, I’m sorry, thank you and I don’t understand. Once again, we took a wonder around town practicing the things we have just learnt. It is so much easier than learning a language in school. The freedom to go and apply what we just learnt is a real advantage! After a wee siesta in the afternoon we headed to the office to help Samuel produce some booklets of the scripture portions he has translated. We hope to distribute these in the various church meetings we visit while we are here. Every night after dinner we get together and have devotions. We take it in turns to lead based on one of the passages about Jesus ministry. The session includes a bit of singing, praying and sharing about our day, what we have found good and what we have maybe found harder. A great time to explore scripture together and grow closer to God and be challenged in ways that maybe we didn’t expect.

Friday 9th
A more chilled day today, Ruth wasn’t feeling so great yesterday and woke up feeling worse today. The team did a great job of reacting with prayer for her! Whilst the rest of the team headed into town to greet people and check out some cloth and negotiate with the Tailor, Tim and Ruth popped next door to see the doctor. The result is that we are currently treating her for malaria. It is far more precautionary than reactionary; it is very simple to treat here. She is fairly chirpy when not asleep but she has rested well, drank lots and even eaten some. We thank God that she is already doing better at the time we write this. Please do pray that her recovery is quick, the team miss having her around! After lunch, some of the girls got their hair braided, it is certainly an experience! You’ll have to check out some photos after we are home.

Saturday 10th
This morning we headed over to Samuels house to learn about making African Donuts! First job is to make the batter. We then headed into town to explore market day. Town is much busier than any other day we have been in, and the market was packet with everything imaginable included smoked fish on every corner. Ruth is doing better today; she managed to join the team for breakfast. After lunch we headed back to Samuels house to cook to donuts having given the batter time to rise over lunch.

27 Jan

Nigeria here I come!

Hello one and all and sorry for the long silence surrounding the trip. As you know I was supposed to head out to Nigeria in Oct / Nov last year and for many different reasons that trip was postponed until now. Tomorrow Morning at 0620, Kent (my boss) and I fly to Abuja via Frankfurt.
You probably haven’t seen it on the news because of the disaster in Haiti, but in the last week and a half there has been a lot of violence around Jos, Nigeria, where we am headed.

From recent BBC reports:
– “At least 265 people are believed to have died in religious rioting in Jos in recent days.”
– “…some of the 17,000 displaced people were returning home, but others had decided to flee the city itself.”
– “Up to 150 bodies have been found in Kuru Karama village, 30km (18 miles) from the city of Jos, where the violence erupted last Sunday.”
People on the ground have assured us that the situation is calming down, but there is still a dusk to dawn curfew (an improvement on the 24 hour curfew in place just a few days ago) and military on the streets.

We are going to Nigeria for a number of reasons:
– Kent needs someone to support him in his Nigeria-related responsibilities. This will be an orientation trip for me.
– We will be featuring a cluster of Nigerian languages that are just beginning translation as part of a 28-city English tour of the Bible overview drama From Eden to Eternity www.eden2eternity.org in a few months time. Kent and I will visit and shoot footage of some of the local people involved in and affected by this work.
– We will be meeting with as many of the ministries in Nigeria that we are linked with as possible. This is important for maintaining good relationships (vital in Africa) and introducing me. I am very excited to hear all that is going on, our support of just one partner organisation’s work is allowing translation work in 16 languages spoken by 1,685,000 people.
– We will spend several days in strategic meetings involving key local organisations and reps from other international partners who will have come from places as diverse Singapore, Nairobi and Texas.

I am very excited to go and experience Nigeria a few things you can be praying for,
1) Travelling mercies. It is all pre-arranged both into and around Nigeria
2) Health – that my knee holds up (it is doing much better), and that our bodies adjust to food and life
3) That all the various meetings are worth wile
4) That there is even more peace in Jos after last week.

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06 May

Did Wycliffe Translate the Bible?

Nick page is a fantastic author he wrote an interesting blog post today, challenging something i thought i had simply always believed.

John Wycliffe was killed because he translated the Bible.    Maybe all is not as it seems .. READ the Post Here

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