Well, the days are hotting up here. Cold season is coming to an end and we are entering the hottest months of the year. Thankfully here in Jos our altitude keeps the heat from becoming too unbearable but we do still tend to get more tired than usual.
I have had a busy few weeks with a lot of work needing to be done to get the Nigeria entries for next edition of the Ethnologue for Africa ready. The Ethnologue lists all the known languages of the world with a bit of information about each one like the number of speakers, exactly where it is spoken, whether it has any dialects etc. There is an online version here that you can explore. See if you can find out how many languages are spoken in Nigeria!
We also had our annual tomato canning extravaganza a few weeks ago when we buy bushels of tomatoes and onions and green peppers and make enough salsa and pasta sauce and canned whole tomatoes to last us the year!
Tim spent the day out in the Koro area (between here and Abuja) last week in order to meet with one of the language committees from the language projects in that area. He has been working with them and the project advisor to help the community really take ownership of the translation work in their language. If they truly own the work then they will truly own the scriptures that are produced and really value them.
“Is it a success” can be a challenging question to answer at times. In a couple of weeks (25th Feb) Tim and Michael Harrar our colleague will be travelling out to Niger State to meet with several other language project teams to trial a project assessment tool. They will be away for about a week this time as it is quite a bit further away so please pray for safe travels for them.
Dan just got the results of a practice SAT (the American variety that apparently is quite different to the British one!) that he sat before Christmas. He did very well, coming in the top 2% of all those who took the test across the world. He starts High School next year and we are starting to try and work out what sort of choices he will need to make in order to have the option of going to university in the UK with what will be an American High School diploma.
I have been struggling with low energy for about a week now as a result of forgetting to take my thyroxine for ten days. I feel like I am finally starting to come out of the brain fog and bone weariness and looking forward to getting back up to normal strength!
- Tim being able to use his skills to help language communities really engage with and take ownership of the scripture translation in their language.
- I was able to make a lot of updates and improve the information about Nigerian languages for the forthcoming edition of the Ethnologue.
- Dan getting great results in his practice SAT.
- Safe travel for Tim as he goes to Niger State from the 25th Feb to the 4th March.
- For me to get back to full energy.
- That we will all continue to trust God and know his peace.