Robinson Ministry Update – 3rd July 2019
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Greetings from chilly Africa!
It seems like this week the temperatures in Europe are easily topping those in Jos. I am needing to wear a cardigan and socks to keep warm while Europe strips off and plays in fountains. At least that is the impression I get from the BBC news!
Tim has done a spell as Acting Director for SIL Nigeria and the place didn’t fall apart so we are all grateful for that! Also importantly, Tim didn’t fall apart. 😉 He was involved a great meeting with the president of one of the major church denominations in Nigeria, Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), who are just getting started with setting up their own Bible Translation department. It is really exciting to see a big denomination getting interested in scriptures in local languages. Many churches here will have services in English or a major trade language but don’t often use the local languages. The president had a wonderful testimony of seeing church growth in his own language area among the churches that DO use the local language. He is really motivated.
PC: Jono Barnhoorn
We heard the sad news last week that an inspirational man had died. His name was Wayo Bai nicknamed Baba Duya (father of Duya) and he was one of the local translators for the Duya project. In fact he had been the driving force behind starting and maintaining the project for many years. It was his dream to see the New Testament in Duya before he died. Sadly he did not quite make it to the end but the New Testament in Duya is pretty close and in a great part, thanks to him. I am sure there was much rejoicing in heaven when he arrived and I love my friend’s suggestion that maybe he was welcomed in Duya! I’ll leave you to debate what language will be like in heaven!
Thank you so much for your support and prayers, you are part of this work just as surely as we are.
Dan finding something productive to do with some of his holiday time.
Great meeting with the ECWA President
Comfort for the family of Baba Duya and continuation of the great work that he started.