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), renting a house with an MK friend from his childhood in Bosnia, working in his chosen field (as an app and web page user experience designer, for Equifax), able to drive, travel and even practice jujitsu.

The nerve transfer surgeries he had two and a half years ago seem to have been successful! When he was with us in Kansas City over Christmas break, he visited our local chiropractor who was ecstatic to see Matthew’s progress and that now he can lift and roll his left shoulder to some degree. This is the side that was paralyzed from the accident.

In this picture you can see that he has his prosthetic for which we are grateful. It is still a bit cumbersome and unwieldy to use, so please pray for him to learn to use it better, and to eventually get an improved prosthetic with more electronic features to enable him to lift the arm, bend the elbow, have a more pressure-sensitive hook, and eventually a hand in place of the hook. Thank you for your prayers!

We also enjoyed having Jonathan (30) visit us for Christmas and New Year’s. He recently bought a house and moved to Crescent City, California, near the Oregon border. He now has his dream job of working for Khan Academy as a software engineer.

We enjoyed having all the kids here for Christmas, during which time we also went for our annual ice skating adventure (pictured below). And we had a full table for meals, just like old times.

Bible translation work is going very well. The Roma translators recently finished the second half of a course on Bible translation principles, for which I graded their assignments. They are all learning so much and are improving in their translation abilities. Currently we are working on Mark chapters 1-4 together. Thank you for your continued prayers and support!

Gratefully,

Todd

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, Daniel and Ariela live here at home. Together we have enjoyed lots of activities (some of which are pictured below): attending Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services (where Pamala sang and Ariela played in a piano duet); eating Bosnian čevapi; making gingerbread houses; baking; reading the Christmas story and singing Christmas carols; playing board games, card games and video games; putting puzzles together; visiting Todd’s Mom, Geri Price, in Oklahoma City for her 84th birthday; having Pamala’s mom, Barbie Hughes, over for dinner and stories; exchanging gifts, etc. etc.

TRANSLATION PROGRESS:

Checking 1 John in the Gurbet language via Zoom. Pictured here are the Gurbet translators in Serbia & Todd in Kansas City

We give thanks to the Lord that in 2022 we finished the consultant checks for the translations of Matthew, 1-2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Jude and 1-3 John in three languages, Gurbet, Chergash and Arli. In 2023, our goal is to translate Mark and Acts. Please continue to hold us up in prayer that the Lord will help me and the translators to produce translations which are accurate and understandable and to finish in a timely manner.

If you would like to give a year-end gift to support us and our work of Bible translation, please use the link or address or phone number below.

We’ve enjoyed getting your Christmas cards, pictures and letters.

Thank you so much! We greatly appreciate you!

Todd & Pamala Price

Our daily prayer calendar for January 2023

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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 & to get additional job as needed

January 4 Pray for Jonathan as he returns home to California after visiting us & for God to work powerfully in his life

January 5 Pray for summer teamers to join us this summer in Croatia to help run a week of VBS clubs for Roma kids

January 6 Praise God that Pam’s 92-year-old mom enjoys good health & could attend a Messiah sing-along, her Christmas wish

January 7 Today is Serbian Christmas. Pray that many more Roma in Serbia will know Jesus as personal Lord & Savior

January 8 Pray for Pam teaching Ariela’s Sunday school class today, for the youth girls to have receptive hearts

January 9 Pray for Todd, Daniel & other men meeting tonight for our monthly book study at the home of one of our elders

January 10 Pray for efficiency & wisdom for Todd as he grades Bible translation course assignments from Roma translators

January 11 Pray for Todd & the Gurbet translators for clarity & accuracy translating Gospel of Mark

January 12 Pray for Todd & the Chergash translators for clarity & accuracy as we translate the Gospel of Mark

January 13 Pray for our family for edifying times together in our family Bible reading & worship time

January 14 Today is Serbian New Year’s Day. Pray that this new year many Roma in Serbia will find new life in Christ.

January 15 Pray for Todd teaching the adult equipping hour at our home church this morning

January 16 Pray for each of our children to love God & follow Jesus wholeheartedly, walking in the fear of the Lord

January 17 Pray for the Arli, Gurbet & Chergash teams as they edit their translations of the Gospel of Mark & Acts

January 18 Pray for Todd & Pam as they each lead a Bible study Wednesday nights at our church

January 19 Praise God for Ariela’s progress with piano lessons & the Christmas Eve duet she could play for God’s glory

January 20 Pray for wisdom for Todd as he checks the translations of Mark & Acts in the Arli, Chergash & Gurbet languages

January 21 Pray for edifying Bible conference for the men from our church who are attending today in Emporia, KS

January 22 Pray for God to be praised & worship to be enriched through Pam’s singing on our church’s worship team

January 23 Pray for our family members each to know Jesus personally; praise God for time together in December

January 24 Praise God for progress for Daniel’s reading lessons for dyslexia & for his wonderful teacher

January 25 Pray for Pam teaching at, & Daniel & Ariela attending, Mighty Roots Academy on Wednesdays

January 26 Pray for many Roma to read & listen to the newly translated Gospel of Luke & Bible stories in their languages

January 27 Pray for fruitful evangelistic & discipleship ministries in Slavonski Brod, Croatia, with Pastor Darko & Baptist church

January 28 Pray for an encouraging visit for Todd seeing his mom, Geri Price, in OKC this weekend

January 29 Praise God for each one who gives financially to support the ministry of Bible translation for the Roma!

January 30 Pray for safety driving on winter roads & pray for good health for us this winter

January 31 Pray for Todd & the Arli translators for clarity & accuracy as we translate the Gospel of Mark

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), Todd, Stephen, Timothy, Barbie, Pamala

Pamala, Elizabeth and Kirsten at tree-decorating time

sister fun

more sister fun

Ariela loves putting on the tree topper!

our stockings from our many years in Bosnia; Todd’s happy place–reading!

Pamala, her mom Barbie Hughes, and Ariela at a Messiah sing-along

The beginning of Jude in a Greek manuscript from about 350 AD

The beginning of Jude in our translation into the Arli language

Not long ago I posted on Facebook, asking for prayer as we were translating the Epistle of Jude, since it is a hard book to understand. A friend of mine astutely asked what is was that made it hard.

I answered that there are several factors: 1) Jude uses a lot of rare words that don’t occur in very many other places so it is more difficult to know what they mean; 2) his writing is compact and dense and when we translate for non-believers or new believers, we need to unpack these things (especially the genitives [“of” phrases]); 3) he uses a lot of metaphors and sometimes those can’t be meaningfully translated literally, so we either have to switch them to similes or somehow make clear what kind of comparison is being made; 4) Jude assumes his readers have a lot of Old Testament background knowledge and even knowledge of an apocryphal book, 1 Enoch, and a story from the Assumption of Moses, which most Roma won’t have; and finally, 5) there are a few tricky spots where the Greek manuscripts do not agree and it is hard to know which words were original.

Of necessity, this slows down our translation progress since it takes longer to translate and edit difficult verses. As an example, last Thursday morning when I was consulting with the Chergash language team, it took us an hour and a half to edit 17 verses of Jude, but under an hour to edit 30 verses of 1 John.

John uses simple language; 1 John is the book you often learn to read first in Greek class. Translating 1 John goes pretty quickly compared to Jude.

Thank you for your continued prayers. In our work to translate the rest of the New Testament in three of the Roma languages (Arli, Gurbet and Chergash), I have finished my work on Matthew, Titus, Philemon and Jude and we are now translating 1-3 John, with Mark and Acts to follow.

Thank you for your support through your prayers and financial donations. If you would like to give a year-end special gift, please use the giving web site, mailing address or phone number listed at the bottom of this page.

May mercy, peace and love be multiplied to you (Titus 1:2)!
Todd, Pamala, Daniel and Ariela Price

Our daily prayer calendar for December 2022

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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

December 3 Pray for Todd & Ariela at Uplift today sorting items for homeless; for her Am. Heritage Girls club to develop a heart for others

December 4 Pray for Pam singing each Dec. Sunday, for more help on worship team, & for God to provide a worship leader for our church

December 5 Pray for fruitful men’s study on spiritual leadership for Todd & Daniel attending monthly at the home of one of our elders

December 6 Pray for wisdom for Todd grading Bible translation course assignments from Roma translators

December 7 Pray for fruitful & productive home school progress this month for Ariela & Daniel, & wisdom as Pam plans & teaches

December 8 Pray for Todd & the Chergash translators for clarity & accuracy as we translate Jude and 1-3 John

December 9 Praise God & pray for His provision of our financial support to cover higher costs of inflation

December 10 Pray for strength, health & creativity for our team in Croatia doing extra outreaches during Christmas

December 11 Pray for Pam teaching Ariela’s Sunday school class today, for the youth girls to have receptive hearts

December 12 Pray for each of our children to love & follow Jesus all their lives & for continued spiritual growth & courage

December 13 Pray for the Arli, Gurbet & Chergash teams as they edit their translations of 1-3 John and Mark

December 14 Pray for Todd & Pam to effectively teach & disciple attendees at Wednesday night Bible studies at our church

December 15 Pray for good health & safety in winter driving for us & the Bible translators

December 16 Pray for wisdom for Todd as he checks the translations of 1-3 John and Mark in Arli, Chergash & Gurbet languages

December 17 Praise for the special blessing of Christmas music conference we can attend today due to generosity of friends

December 18 Pray for Todd teaching adult Bible fellowship at our home church this morning

December 19 Pray we can be a blessing visiting Todd’s mom, Geri Price, for her 84th birthday today

December 20 Pray for our time together as Jonathan visits us from California & Matthew from Atlanta for Christmas

December 21 Pray for Todd & the Gurbet translators for clarity & accuracy translating 1-3 John and Mark

December 22 Pray for Roma who have Scriptures in their language to believe & apply it in their lives

December 23 Pray that God will draw to Himself each of our children who need salvation

December 24 Pray for Ariela playing a piano duet for our Christmas Eve service prelude

December 25 Praise God that Christ came as our only source of salvation; pray for many Roma to come to Him

December 26 Pray for summer teamers to join us this summer in Croatia to help run a week of VBS clubs for Roma kids

December 27 Pray for Todd & the Arli translators for clarity & accuracy as we translate 1-3 John and Mark

December 28 Pray for many Roma to read & listen to the Gospel of Luke & 50 Bible stories in the 5 Roma languages

December 29 Pray for us as a family to enjoy & be edified through our family devotions & good Bible teaching & sermons

December 30 Pray for consistent work hours for Timothy & to get additional job as needed

December 31 Pray for safe travel for Matthew flying back to Atlanta today & for Jonathan when he returns to California on 1/4

Giving Tuesday is here!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are past. Today is Giving Tuesday.

Thank you for your support through your prayers and financial donations. If you would like to give a year-end special gift, please click the Donate button (or use the mailing address or phone number) at the bottom of this page.

The Lord has used your prayers and financial support to make it possible for us to translate and publish the Gospel of Luke and 50 illustrated, chronological Bible stories in five languages (Arli, Gurbet, Chergash, Bayash and Ludari) spoken by Roma in Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro. These books are pictured above and below.

Your continued prayers and financial support enable us to keeping on working to translate the rest of the New Testament in three of these languages (Arli, Gurbet and Chergash). I’ve finished my work on Matthew and we are now translating Titus, Philemon and Jude.

Thank you so much!

Todd & Pamala

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

LOST (& FOUND) IN TRANSLATION
We 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 Titus 1:4, Paul says that Titus is his “genuine” son. The draft translation used the Serbian word for “real”, but the translators pointed out that that could only be understood as meaning his biological son, so we had to change it to a Chergash (Roma) word meaning “true” to make it clear that Titus was not Paul’s son in a physical sense. In 1:6-7, Paul says an elder must be “blameless”. This can trip up the reader if he thinks it means “perfect” or “sinless”. We decided to translate it as “a man about whom nothing bad can be said”. 1:15 says “to the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled, nothing is clean”, but in Chergash there are no words for “pure” or “defiled” so they used the word “clean” and “dirty”. But to make it clear that this is not talking about people being physically dirty, we adjusted it to “to people clean from sin, all is clean, but to people who are dirty with sin, nothing is clean.”

FAMILY UPDATE
Ariela (11, pictured above) recently performed in a musical showcase at Mighty Roots Academy, enjoyed preparing an Operation Christmas Child shoe box through our local church and is active in her American Heritage Girls club. Daniel (14) helped run sound for the musical showcase and continues to do amazing things with his at-home 3D printer. Kirsten (18, pictured below) lives at home and works locally at the Salvation Army thrift store. Matthew (24, also pictured below) recently made blue belt in Brazilian Jujitsu, an amazing feat to accomplish with one arm!

TRAVELS & HOSTING
Many of you who have prayed for us over the years remember Jeff & Cindy Warner who were our teammates in Bosnia for many years. Cindy and two of the kids (pictured below) recently visited Pam and the kids in KC.

I (Todd) am in Denver, where I have had the privilege of attending annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Institute for Biblical Research and the Society for Biblical Literature as I seek to sharpen my skills in order to do the best job possible in advising and consulting Roma and others to translate God’s Word into their heart languages.

MONEY MATTERS
Thank you for your faithful prayers and financial support that make it possible for us to do Bible translation for Roma in Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. Please consider a year-end gift; how to donate is listed at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

Thank you for your love and partnership in the Gospel,
Todd & Pamala Price (Ariela, Daniel & Kirsten)

Our daily prayer calendar for November 2022

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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, Titus & Philemon

November 3 Praise God for Timothy’s landlord/mentor. Pray for joy & wisdom for him with his birthday coming soon.

November 4 Pray that God will draw to Himself each of our children who need salvation

November 5 Pray Todd can be a blessing visiting his mom in Oklahoma City today & tomorrow

November 6 Pray for wisdom in choosing dates for a summer team trip to Croatia for our family & church teams this summer

November 7 Pray for fruitful men’s Bible study for Todd & Daniel attending monthly at the home of one of our elders

November 8 Pray for wisdom for Todd grading Bible translation course assignments from Roma translators

November 9 Timothy turns 32 today! Pray for good friends, good church home & good consistent work hours

November 10 Pray for Todd & the Chergash translators for clarity & accuracy as we translate Matthew, Titus & Philemon

November 11 Pray for Ariela & Daniel’s school performance today & tomorrow, to develop these skills & use them in ministry

November 12 Pray for us as a family to enjoy & be edified through our family devotions & good Bible teaching & sermons

November 13 Pray for Pam as she teaches Ariela’s Sunday school class & sings on the worship team regularly on Sundays

November 14 Pray for Todd traveling to Denver to attend annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society through Friday

November 15 Pray for Todd to learn much, make good networking connections & be a blessing to those at the Denver meetings

November 16 Pray for fruitfulness & diligence for home schooling & for Wednesday classes for Daniel & Ariela, & for Pam as she teaches

November 17 Praise God for Ariela’s piano lessons each Thursday & that she will be able to play at our Christmas service

November 18 Pray that our monthly financial support will remain at our current level of full support. Praise God for providing all we need!

November 19 Pray for Todd attending annual meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature in Denver through Tuesday

November 20 Pray for each of our children to love & follow Jesus all the days of their lives & for continued spiritual progress

November 21 Pray for the Arli, Gurbet & Chergash teams as they edit their translations of Titus, Philemon, Jude & 1-3 John

November 22 Pray for safe travels for Todd returning home from Denver from theological societies annual meetings

November 23 Pray for good attendance & for God’s empowerment for Todd & Pam teaching Bible studies at our church on Wednesdays

November 24 Happy Thanksgiving! Pray for an edifying time for all of us together as a family.

November 25 Pray for Todd & Jonathan visiting OKC to see Todd’s mom, to bless each of them on this trip

November 26 Pray for Roma who have Scriptures in their language to believe & apply it in their own lives

November 27 Pray for encouragement for our team in Slavonski Brod, Croatia: Andy, Lim, Sergej & Željka

November 28 Pray for wisdom for Todd as he checks the translations of Titus, Philemon, Jude & 1-3 John in Arli, Chergash & Gurbet languages

November 29 Pray for Todd & the Arli translators for clarity & accuracy as we translate Titus, Philemon, Jude & 1-3 John

November 30 Pray for many Roma to read & listen to the Gospel of Luke & 50 chronological Bible stories in our 5 Roma languages

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

We’ve got lots of pictures for this update!

Printed copy of Luke & 50 Bible Stories in the Ludari language
Handing out free copies in Slavonski Brod, Croatia

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 houses in the Roma village and offered a free copy. We praise God that nearly 80% of the people took one! (Those who didn’t take one were either Jehovah’s Witnesses, only spoke Croatian and not the Ludari language, or else were from a different Roma language.) So together with the other main Ludari village in Croatia, 278 homes have been visited and offered free copies of Luke and 50 Bible stories. Please pray that many will read God’s Word and also listen to the audio versions online. Please also pray for wisdom as I consider using some funds to help spread the Word in these Roma languages through advertising on Facebook and YouTube.

Weekly Zoom meeting, checking Matthew chapter 26 in the Gurbet language

I meet weekly via Zoom with each of the three translation teams, Gurbet (pictured above), Arli and Chergash. We are currently editing the final chapters of Matthew.

The pictures below give some highlights of the past few weeks of goings-on at our home in Belton, MO, as well as a recent trip to Wichita and Oklahoma City.

Pam’s mom, Barbie Hughes, who lives a mile and a half from us, celebrated her 92nd birthday at our house. Pictured with Pam are her sister, Valori (far left) who came up from Dallas for the special event, and Pam’s sister, Kim (middle) who lives here in Belton, MO
While the weather has been nice, it sure has been nice for Pamala, Ariela (11) and Daniel (14) to be on the front porch for some of their home school subjects. Our older kids had bought the porch swing for Pamala, and Daniel recently put on the finish.
Pamala loves praising Jesus as part of the worship team at our home church, CrossWay Bible Church, Blue Springs, MO
It is so fun for Ariela (right) to have cousin, Sara (left) living two miles from us so they can spend lots of time together! Here they are enjoying the hammock in our back yard.
Pamala and Ariela enjoyed attending a True Girls pajama party evening with dear friends in Wichita, KS, recently
Todd’s mom, Geri Price, will be 84 in December. She is doing okay in her battle with Parkinson’s, and has been much more alert and interactive the last several times we have visited her in Oklahoma City.
Visiting Todd’s mom, with Todd’s sister, Tracey, at the nursing home in OKC
Two beauties! Ariela with Todd’s sister, Tracey, catching up on our most recent trip to OKC
We were so blessed to have friends and supporters visiting from out of state at our home for supper!
Our hearts were filled this weekend through the encouragement of the saints at The Master’s Community Church, Kansas City, KS, at their annual missions conference

Thank you for your prayers and financial support that make it possible for us to continue translating God’s Word for the Roma of Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro. May it always bring great honor to His name.

Gratefully, Todd & Pamala Price

Goosebumps for the Gospel?

Handing out the Gospel of Luke in Slavonski Brod, Croatia

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 family refused (since they are Jehovah’s witnesses). Sergej (pictured above, far left) reported, “… everyone else was happy to know that they can read and listen to the Bible in their language. A lot of people said they’ll read it, many even tried on the spot. One lady said that she got a shudder while listening to the audio recording.

Thank you for your support in making this possible. Please continue to pray that Luke and the 50 Bible stories in the 5 Roma languages which are going out will bear much fruit for the Kingdom and bring great joy to the heart of God.

Todd & Pamala

(below are more pictures from when they handed out the books)