3 years ago today was Matthew’s accident

Three years ago today is when Matthew (now 24) had his motorcycle accident. We praise God for sparing his life and giving him and us grace to endure 46 days in the hospital and 12 surgeries. We are grateful for how far he has come! He is living in Decatur, Georgia (a suburb of Atlanta),Continue reading “3 years ago today was Matthew’s accident”

Pictures of our family Christmas; 2022 Bible translation progress

left to right: Daniel (14), Stephen & Elizabeth Sell (27), Matthew (24), Todd, Ariela (11), Pamala, Jonathan (30), Kirsten (18), Timothy (32) FAMILY CHRISTMAS: It has been wonderful having the whole family together for Christmas. Jonathan flew in from Crescent City, California, and Matthew from Decatur, Georgia. Stephen, Elizabeth and Timothy live locally, and Kirsten,Continue reading “Pictures of our family Christmas; 2022 Bible translation progress”

Our daily prayer calendar for January 2023

To download this list as calendar formatted for printing, click below: January 1 Pray that many Roma would come to know and following Christ in 2023! January 2 Pray for Christmas ministry among our Roma, that many will have open hearts to the Gospel January 3 Pray for consistent work hours for Timothy & toContinue reading “Our daily prayer calendar for January 2023”

Thanksgiving & Christmas with family; Which is going faster, Jude or John?

We are doing well as a family and are enjoying the holiday season. Below are pictures of our Thanksgiving celebration, Christmas decorating and Messiah sing-along. We’re thankful all the kids can be with us this year for our first Christmas at our new-to-us home in Belton, Missouri. L-R: Kirsten (18), Daniel (14), Elizabeth, Ariela (11),Continue reading “Thanksgiving & Christmas with family; Which is going faster, Jude or John?”

Our daily prayer calendar for December 2022

To get this prayer list formatted as a calendar you can print out, click “Download” below: December 1 Pray for us to be focused on worship & on eternity as we serve the Lord December 2 Pray for many Roma to attend Christmas outreaches this month & next with open hearts for the Gospel DecemberContinue reading “Our daily prayer calendar for December 2022”

Genuine or true, pure or clean? Lost (and found) in translation, installment #10

LOST (& FOUND) IN TRANSLATIONWe praise God that we recently finished editing three Roma language translations of the Gospel of Matthew and began Paul’s letter to Titus. (I’m pictured above on Zoom doing a consultant check in Matthew.) In the first chapter there were several issues we had to wrestle with. For example, in TitusContinue reading “Genuine or true, pure or clean? Lost (and found) in translation, installment #10”

Our daily prayer calendar for November 2022

To get this prayer list formatted as a calendar you can print out, click “Download” below: November 1 Pray for Ariela to continue to grow through American Heritage Girl clubs, & for Pamala as she helps teach Ariela’s group November 2 Pray for Todd & the Gurbet translators for clarity & accuracy translating Matthew 27-28,Continue reading “Our daily prayer calendar for November 2022”

278 homes visited; encouraging friendships & visits; grateful for family & missions partnerships!

We’ve got lots of pictures for this update! Pictured at top is a copy of the Gospel of Luke and 50 chronological Bible stories in the Ludari language, the Roma language spoken in Slavonski Brod, Croatia, where we used to live. Sergej and Željka (pictured above) and the Pioneers team went to all 198 housesContinue reading “278 homes visited; encouraging friendships & visits; grateful for family & missions partnerships!”

Goosebumps for the Gospel?

Our colleagues in Slavonski Brod, Croatia, continue to hand out copies of the Gospel of Luke and 50 chronological Bible stories in the village near where we used to live. Not long ago they went to 40 different homes and offered a printed copy while also playing the audio through portable speakers. Only one familyContinue reading “Goosebumps for the Gospel?”