A church recently wrote and asked us for some information for their missions wall. After I wrote it, I thought it might be good to share with everyone. They asked 1) what the main emphasis of our mission work will be, 2) how the people tend to respond to us, and 3) what some prayer requests are:
1. The main emphasis of our work is to do Bible translation for the Roma (Gypsies) of Eastern Europe, especially a group called the Bayash Roma who live in Hungary, Croatia and Serbia. They only have the Gospel of Mark in their language and the team is working on the rest of the New Testament.
2. The people are curious why we would come to their country and try to learn their language. Many of them are friendly and like to drink coffee together. Some of them are quite suspicious and just want to see how they can get money from us.
3. We would ask for prayer for the Bible translation work. It is a long, complicated process and we want the translation to be accurate, clear and natural in their language. Pray for wisdom for everyone working on the translation and for the translation to be received well. Also, pray for many of the Bayash Roma to learn to read and to make the effort to read the Gospel of Mark which has been distributed already to hundreds of homes. Pray for many Bayash to follow Jesus and for solid, healthy churches to begin in several of the Bayash villages or parts of cities.
Thank you all for praying for us!