“Oh for a 1,000 … languages to tell my great Redeemer’s praise”; Slovakia report part 1

I am on day 9 of my 11-day trip to Slovakia. Thank you for praying for me. The Lord has graciously answered so many prayer requests, including the following: I’ve had safety on all my flights and transport to the two different venues; my luggage made it safely; I have remained healthy; I was exhaustedContinue reading ““Oh for a 1,000 … languages to tell my great Redeemer’s praise”; Slovakia report part 1″

Flying to Slovakia tomorrow, prayers appreciated!

Tomorrow (Wednesday) morning I leave for an 11-day trip to Slovakia. I’ll be meeting with the Roma Bible translators and staff from The Word for The World Bible Translators for a conference, and then teaching the translators a week of classes on sociolinguistics. I’d appreciate pray for the following: Thank you for your prayers! HereContinue reading “Flying to Slovakia tomorrow, prayers appreciated!”

Our daily prayer calendar for September 2022

For this prayer list formatted as a calendar for printing out, click download below: September 1 Pray for Todd as he prepares to preach this Sunday, for God’s guidance, insight, wisdom & power September 2 Pray for Todd as he prepares class lectures for teaching Sociolinguistics in Serbo-Croatian in Slovakia September 3 Pray as Pam’sContinue reading “Our daily prayer calendar for September 2022”

What is the “therefore” there for? Who’s got talents? (Lost [and found] in translation; installment #8)

We’ve recently had the privilege of speaking at a few of the churches which support our ministry financially. It has been a joy to catch up with those we haven’t seen for several years, be able to preach the Word, and give an in-person update on our family and the progress of our Bible translationContinue reading “What is the “therefore” there for? Who’s got talents? (Lost [and found] in translation; installment #8)”

Lost (and found) in translation: Installment #7: seed pickers & babblers; prayer request for my mom, for Bible distribution, pics from Ariela’s birthday

I’m currently preparing to teach a class to our Roma Bible translators on the topic of “sociolinguistics”. What is sociolinguistics? I’m so glad you asked! One simple definition is “sociolinguistics is that part of linguistics which is concerned with language as a social and cultural phenomenon.” Practically speaking, it is a study of how weContinue reading “Lost (and found) in translation: Installment #7: seed pickers & babblers; prayer request for my mom, for Bible distribution, pics from Ariela’s birthday”

Lost (and found) in translation, installment #6: Jonah’s sign; signs of time or weather; flesh and blood

Each week I meet over Zoom to consult with the Roma Bible translators in Croatia, Serbia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic in three languages: Arli, Chergash and Gurbet. What do we do in those sessions? We read through each verse and I ask questions for clarification and give advice to help improve the translations. WhatContinue reading “Lost (and found) in translation, installment #6: Jonah’s sign; signs of time or weather; flesh and blood”

Our daily prayer calendar for August 2022

For this prayer list formatted as a calendar for printing out, click download below: August 1 Pray we will be a blessing & encouragement to Todd’s mom as we visit her today at her nursing home in Oklahoma City August 2 Pray for kids who attended our VBS missions classes to develop a deep loveContinue reading “Our daily prayer calendar for August 2022”

Flying the flag of missions to children; checking Matthew chapters 10-13

Last week our church held our vacation Bible school and Pam and I led the missions class. We had 35-40 kids, ages pre-K through 5th grade. Pam did an amazing job teaching. She taught the kids (in an age-appropriate way so they could grasp it), why and how we do Bible translation for Roma. InContinue reading “Flying the flag of missions to children; checking Matthew chapters 10-13”

Our daily prayer calendar for July 2022

To download this prayer list formatted as a calendar for printout, click below: July 1 Pray for wisdom for Todd consulting for the translation of Exodus in three languages spoken in Tanzania July 2 Praise God for providing a second car for us! Pray Todd will be a blessing to his mom, driving down toContinue reading “Our daily prayer calendar for July 2022”

Bible stories are now printed in Ludari language; God provided a second car; Matthew’s hospital bills resolved

Our list of things for which to praise God just keeps growing! Thank you for your faithful prayers. See how God is answering! ANOTHER BIBLE TRANSLATION UPDATE: The full-color, illustrated book with 50 chronological Bible stories in the Ludari Roma language has now been printed! We also printed these same stories in a diglot (two-languageContinue reading “Bible stories are now printed in Ludari language; God provided a second car; Matthew’s hospital bills resolved”