Translating Matthew & Exodus; visiting Mom; setting up our house

BIBLE TRANSLATION UPDATE

There is so much to praise God for and so many answers to prayer:

Over the last two weeks, I met by Zoom with the Roma translators each work day. We were spread out between me in Kansas City (seven time zones away) and the translators in various cities in Croatia, Serbia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. I consulted and gave suggestions, corrections and training on their translations of the Gospel of Matthew, chapters 1-10, in the Arli, Chergash and Gurbet languages.

Pictured above are Goran, Marjan and Mihal. On the screen we are looking at Matthew with the Greek New Testament, several Serbian and Croatian translations, and four versions in Roma dialects.

This week and next, as part of my training as a consultant, I am meeting over Zoom with translators in Tanzania, Africa, and consultants in South Africa, to consult on Exodus in three Baantu languages spoken in the Tanzania southern Highlands. The languages are Matengo, Mpoto and Ndendeule.

In the above screen shot, we are working on Exodus chapters 4-6.

There are many exciting things we are learning as we translate Matthew and Exodus and I so wish I had the time at the moment to share some of them with you, but hopefully I will be able to when the pace slows down.

FAMILY UPDATE:

Kirsten and I were able to travel to Oklahoma City to visit my mom, Geri Price, in the nursing home and also catch up with my sister, Tracey Burton.

Though my mom sleeps a lot and does not have much strength, we are thankful that she is doing okay these days.

We are enjoying setting up our house. We recently celebrated our 33rd anniversary, which was a joy! Daniel (14) is enjoying the trampoline and Ariela (10) is enjoying playing with our new neighbors as well as the summer reading program in two local libraries.

33 years and counting
Daniel (14) setting up furniture to help Kirsten (18) move into her room at our house
Ariela showing me her log of 1000 minutes of reading for the summer library reading program

Thank you so much for your prayers and financial support!

Todd & Pamala

Our daily prayer calendar for June 2022 (The Prices Write)

Click below to download this prayer list formatted as a calendar for printing out:

June 1 Pray for wisdom for Todd as he prepares to check the translations of Matthew 1-9 in Arli, Chergash & Gurbet

June 2 Pray for wisdom for Todd preparing to check translations of Exodus 1-20 in 3 languages in Tanzania, Africa

June 3 Pray for a car for Kirsten, for full-time work & to walk with God

June 4 Pray God will provide a second car for us that Todd can use on trips to Oklahoma City to visit his mom

June 5 Pray for strength & wisdom for Pam unpacking & organizing our new home & for parenting

June 6 Pray for Todd & the Roma translators as we check early chapters of Matthew each day this week

June 7 Pray for good health, stamina, good communication & good Internet connection this week checking Matthew

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

June 9 Pray for good home church for Elizabeth & Stephen, good friends there & good involvement regularly

June 10 Pray many Roma would read & listen to the new translations of Luke & 50 Bible stories in their languages

June 11 Praise God for all the friends & family who helped us move last month!

June 12 Pray for edification & refreshing rest for us on Sundays

June 13 Pray for Pam’s mom, Barbie Hughes (91), living near us in Belton, MO

June 14 Today is Stephen & Elizabeth’s anniversary! Pray for strong marriage amidst highly stressful jobs.

June 15 Pray for Timothy’s job to be full-time with insurance benefits. Pray for good friends & interaction at church

June 16 Pray for the Arli, Gurbet & Chergash teams as they edit their translations of Gospel of Matthew

June 17 Pray for Matthew’s outstanding hospital bills from Jan./Feb. 2020 to be resolved in his favor

June 18 Pray for Todd’s mom, Geri Price (83), in the nursing home in Oklahoma City

June 19 Happy Father’s Day! Thank God for the good fathers he gave to us.

June 20 Pray for Daniel at camp this week for spiritual growth, social & skill development & fun

June 21 Pray for Todd & African translators as we check Exodus 1-20 each day this week & next week

June 22 Pray for good, steady Internet connections for the African translators these next two weeks

June 23 Pray for team in Slavonski Brod, Croatia, to have wisdom & grace working daily in the Roma village

June 24 Pray that God would open hearts of many Roma to understand the Gospel & follow Jesus

June 25 Pray for the salvation of family members and loved ones who still need Jesus

June 26 Pray for Ariela at camp this week for spiritual growth, good friendships, learning & fun

June 27 Pray for Todd & the Roma translators as we check early chapters of Matthew each day this week

June 28 Pray for health & safety for Jonathan & for the Lord to work powerfully in his life

June 29 Pray for good learning for Todd & that he can complete his consultant training in a timely fashion

June 30 Pray for God’s timing to provide translators to finish New Testament in the Bayash and Ludari languages

Pray for upcoming Bible translation consultations

Roma translators meeting for training in Croatia

The Roma Bible translators have completed the assignments for their Principles of Bible Translation class which I will be grading soon.

From June 6-9 and June 27-July 1, I will be meeting over Zoom with the Roma Bible translators in Croatia and Serbia for the Arli, Chergash and Gurbet languages for the consultant check of Matthew chapters 1-9 in these three languages.

From June 13-24 I will be meeting over Zoom with translators in Tanzania as part of my consultant training to help check Exodus chapters 1-20 in three African languages (Matengo, Mpoto and Ndendeule).

Please pray for much wisdom as I prepare and then consult for both of these consultant checks.

Thank you for your faithful prayers. We are encouraged as we see God continue to answer them.

Todd & Pamala Price

Kirsten’s graduation; Ariela’s baptism; our move to new house

Kirsten (18)
Associate of Arts, Calvary University

On May 7, Kirsten (18) graduated from high school and Calvary University (Kansas City) with a two-year Associate of Arts degree in Ministry Studies. We’re so proud of her for her hard work!

Moving her tassel!
Graduation reception

On May 7-8, Ariela (10) acted, danced and sang, and Daniel (14) ran sound for the production of “Honk. Jr.” at their Wednesday school, Mighty Roots Academy.

Ariela (right) as a swan
Ariela (far right) as a frog
Ariela (far right) as snow

On May 15, we moved into the house we bought in Belton, MO. After living in rentals in a couple dozen places for all 33 years of our married life, now was the time to purchase a home and we are so grateful for the Lord’s provision. We’re so thankful for all the friends and family who helped us make the move.

Loading up our stuff out of the rental home
The house the Lord has blessed us with

On May 16, I (Todd) had the privilege of baptizing Ariela (10) at our home church, CrossWay Bible Church. We’re so proud of her for taking this step and for her enthusiastic love for Jesus!

Our daily prayer calendar for May 2022 (The Prices Write)

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May 1 Pray for repairs on our car Kirsten uses & that it will serve her well until she can get a car of her own

May 2 Pray we can finish Daniel’s bedroom & the sunroom before we move in & for God to bless Patrick & Dan for all their work doing it

May 3 Pray for Ludari speakers in Slavonski Brod & Sisak, Croatia, to receive printed Luke & 50 Bible stories with eagerness and read them

May 4 Praise God that Pam’s mom’s heart shock treatment was successful. Pray for good heart health at age 91.

May 5 Pray for healing for Pam’s sister, Val, who injured her foot and unfortunately won’t be able to come to KC to visit for this special weekend

May 6 Pray for Ariela performing & Daniel on sound booth tonight & tomorrow at “Honk Jr.” play at Might Roots Academy

May 7 Praise God for Kirsten graduating from high school & with an Associate of Arts degree from Calvary University

May 8 Praise God for loving moms who love God & us & pray for us. Happy Mother’s Day!

May 9 Pray that many Roma will listen to audio recordings of Luke in the 5 Roma languages we published

May 10 Pray for wisdom for Todd grading the translators’ assignments from their Bible translation classes

May 11 Pray for an apartment for Kirsten to move into this month, & for full-time work & to walk with God

May 12 Pray for strength & wisdom for Pam packing & organizing our move, & for needed helpers

May 13 Pray we will stay healthy & for God’s enablement moving house from Independence to Belton, MO

May 14 Pray for good weather & safe & successful move to Belton today. Praise for friends to help!

May 15 Praise God for Ariela’s desire to obey Jesus in baptism today & for her spiritual growth

May 16 Pray God will provide a 2nd car for us that Todd can use on trips to Oklahoma City to visit his mom

May 17 Pray for Timothy’s job to be full-time with insurance benefits. Pray for good friends & interaction at church.

May 18 Praise for Jonathan’s new job working for Khan Academy. Pray he will walk with God.

May 19 Pray for good home church for Elizabeth & Stephen, good friends there & good involvement regularly

May 20 Pray for Matthew’s outstanding hospital bills from Jan./Feb. 2020 to be resolved in his favor

May 21 Pray for safe trip for Todd to Oklahoma City & to be a blessing to his mom

May 22 Pray for $200 more in monthly pledges which we lack for our missionary support.

May 23 Pray God will work mightily among Roma in Slavonski Brod, esp. in one girl with apparent demon possession

May 24 Pray for wisdom for Todd as he consults on the translation drafts of Matthew in Arli, Chergash & Gurbet

May 25 Pray for wisdom for Todd preparing to help check a Bible translation of Exodus virtually in Tanzania, Africa

May 26 Pray for the Arli, Gurbet & Chergash teams as they edit their translations of Gospel of Matthew

May 27 Today is our 33rd anniversary! Praise God for the huge blessing our marriage is to each other!

May 28 Pray for the salvation of family members, loved ones & Roma we know who still need Jesus

May 29 Pray for God’s timing to provide translators to finish New Testament in the Bayash and Ludari languages

May 30 Pray for strength to finalize cleaning the house we rented & to organize our new house in Belton

May 31 Pray for godly friend for Daniel who likes computer coding. Praise God for his reading lessons.

Kirsten graduating; Prices moving to Belton, MO; training Roma in Bible translation

Kirsten (18) graduates from home school high school and with her Associate of Arts degree (Ministry Studies) from Calvary University, Kansas City, MO, May 7, 2022. Congratulations, Kirsten and praise to God! After May she plans to be living on her own in KC and working.

Shout out to our friend, Patrick Berthof (https://breakstuff.net/), and my brother-in-law, Dan Sharp (https://www.integrityroofingllc.com/), who are putting in insulation, drywall and electrical wiring in Daniel’s (14) bedroom, and in the sunroom of the house we bought in Belton, MO. We’re so grateful for their kindness & hard work!

Ariela is third from the left

Ariela (10) is getting baptized this month! Todd will do the honors at our home church, CrossWay Bible Church. This week she has her final performance with her American Dance group.

Pamala, Ariela (10), Barbie Hughes (Pam’s mom)

Pam’s mom, Barbie Hughes (91), lives just minutes away from our home in Belton. Driving her for errands and doctors’ appointments is a privilege (pictured above: Pam, Ariela, Barbie). Todd visits his mom, Geri Price, in the nursing home in Oklahoma City about once a month. She is content there, though not mobile.

The Roma Bible translation teams for the Arli, Gurbet and Chergash languages met recently in Vukovar, Croatia, for a week of intense training, taking classes on the principles and process of Bible translation. Todd will be grading their work at the end of this month. They are also currently working on editing the draft translations of the Gospel of Matthew in these languages Todd will be meeting with them over Skype to check these with them chapter by chapter as they are ready.

I recently read to Ariela a biography of Mary Slessor, who was a missionary to Africa for 40 years in the mid-1800s. At the end of the book, the author concludes: “The key to Mary Slessor’s life was prayer. She called it ‘the greatest power God has put into our hands.’ She herself believed that she had been used more than most because she had so many friends who prayed for her.” We are blessed to have you as our friends and we covet your prayers, that God will do great things and glorify His name through His translated Word among the Roma. Thank you for praying; please continue to do so!

Todd & Pamala Price
(Kirsten, Daniel & Ariela)

P.S. Please pray for a smooth move this month, especially May 14, when we move the furniture to the new house.

Praise God for finishing phase 1 of the Bible translation project

The story of Creation and the Fall (from Genesis 1-3) in the Ludari language, now in print!

Today I filled out the final quarterly report for progress on the Gospel of Luke and 50 Bible stories in the Ludari Roma language. This completes phase 1 of the Bible translation project!

In the report, I answered the following question, and gave the following prayer requests, which I wanted to share with all of you, our faithful prayer partners and supporters:

Q: What was the biggest translation challenge that the translation team faced this last quarter and how did they respond?

A: We chose a female to do the audio recording of the 50 Bible stories. She was a good reader, except when it came to reading numbers for verse references, which we list to show where the stories are taken from in the Bible. She was struggling with that but then she and Sergej figured out that if they wrote everything out in letters it would be much easier to read than the Arabic numerals. Once they made that change, she showed real improvement in reading speed for the audio recordings.

For Luke, we wanted a male voice. We hired someone that we thought would do a good job. But Luke is a long book to read and we found that he was having a very hard time reading and had to repeat things numerous times and make numerous recording attempts. He eventually told us that he hadn’t been speaking Ludari at home for years (he had been using Croatian) so he was having a hard time reading in Ludari. Sergej did the math and saw that with the time remaining there was no way this reader could finish the project by our deadline. He approached another potential reader who agreed. We were so encouraged to see that he read much faster than the previous narrator, so we were able to bring him on and finish the audio recording of Luke by the deadline.

Screen shot of the audio recordings of the Gospel of Luke in Ludari on YouTube

Please pray for the following:

  1. The Pioneers team in Slavonski Brod, Croatia, has plans to go door-to-door in the two largest Ludari villages to offer the printed copies of Luke/50 Bible stories/glossary that we printed. Please pray that many Ludari would be interested and that the Lord would use His Word powerfully both to bring Ludari to Christ, and also to strengthen the few Ludari believers.
  2. Pray for the two churches who have Ludari speakers. One is very supportive of the project and we ask prayer that the believers in that church will greatly benefit from having Luke and the Bible stories in the language. One of the churches has people who have been extremely critical of the translation. Please pray that the Lord would soften hearts, that He would use the translation among people in the church, and that we could forge a good working relationship as we desire to see the rest of the NT translated into Ludari.
  3. We have printed business cards that give the website address and YouTube channel name which the Pioneers team will hand out so people will know where to go online and listen to Luke and the 50 Bible stories in Ludari. Since we think people will find that more usable than reading (at least at this point), please pray that many would listen online to these audio recordings of God’s Word.
  4. Pray for the long-term goals, that God will raise up two or three Ludari translators who can commit full-time to the project and a Diploma in Bible Translation so that we can complete more of the NT as soon as possible.

Thank you so much for your prayers and faithful support!

Showing the business cards that will be handed out so people can know where to find the audio files of Luke and 50 Bible stories

Luke & 50 Bible stories are now in print in Ludari!

We praise God for bringing us to this wonderful milestone! This week, our colleague in Slavonski Brod, Croatia, picked up the print order of 400 copies of the Gospel of Luke and 50 chronological Bible stories (with a glossary of keywords) in the Ludari language, spoken by 25,000 Roma living in Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Below are pictures of the printed copies:

This is the front cover which says “50 Stories from the Bible and the Good Word of Luke”
The back cover with the same title and with QR codes & URLs to the versions online in text, text with pictures, and audio recordings
Introduction to Luke and 1:1-24
Now Luke and the 50 Bible stories are printed in all 5 languages: Arli, Chergash, Gurbet, Bayash and Ludari (spoken by over 250,000 Roma in Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina)

Rejoice with us in this milestone!

  1. Please pray for the Pioneers team in Croatia as they plan to distribute these door-to-door in the two largest Ludari villages in Croatia.
  2. Pray that many Roma would accept these copies, read them, and also go online and listen to the audio versions.
  3. Pray that many Ludari Roma would come to know Jesus.
  4. Pray that our Ludari brothers and sisters in Christ will grow in Him and for the Lord to grow His Church among them, and plant new fellowships for His glory!

Daily prayer calendar for April 2022 (The Prices Write)

(To get this list formatted as a calendar to print out, download below.)

April 1 Pray we can finish getting audio recordings of Luke & 50 Bible stories in Ludari on our website & YouTube

April 2 Pray for safety in travel & for Todd to be a blessing to his mom this weekend in Oklahoma City

April 3 Pray for Roma translators traveling to Vukovar, Croatia, for week of Bible translation training classes

April 4 Pray for the Roma translators’ classes on Bible translation principles & process, for good learning & comradery this week

April 5 Pray for success in Timothy’s job, to have full-time hours & enjoy being a blessing to others thru his work

April 6 Pray for an apartment for Kirsten to move into next month, & for full-time work at that time

April 7 Andy & Lim celebrate their wedding anniversary today! Pray for fruitful ministry among Roma in their village.

April 8 Praise God for answered pray for Jonathan’s new job at Khan Academy; pray for God to move mightily in his life

April 9 Pray we can finish Daniel’s room in the new-to-us house before moving in next month

April 10 Pray for spiritual refreshment each day for us & encouragement thru the Scriptures

April 11 Pray that many Roma will read & listen to Luke & 50 Bible stories in the 5 Roma languages we have completed

April 12 Pray for wisdom for Matthew in finding another apartment in Atlanta, & for long-term job there

April 13 Pray for Todd as he prepares & leads men’s Bible study Wednesday nights at our church

April 14 Pray for good home church for Elizabeth & Stephen, good friends there & good involvement regularly

April 15 Pray for Matthew’s outstanding hospital bills from Jan./Feb. 2020 to be resolved in his favor

April 16 Pray we can finish the sun porch in the new-to-us house before moving in next month

April 17 Praise God, He is risen indeed! Happy Easter!

April 18 Pray for Pam sorting, packing & planning our move to our house in Belton, MO

April 19 Pray for wisdom for Todd as he consults on the translation drafts of Matthew in 5 Roma languages

April 20 Pray for Pam as she prepares & leads women’s Bible study Wednesday nights at our church

April 21 Pray for the Arli, Gurbet & Chergash teams as they edit the translation of the Gospel of Matthew

April 22 Pray for 2-3 full-time translators for the Bayash language so they can finish the New Testament

April 23 Pray for safety in travel & that Todd would be a blessing to his mom in Oklahoma City this weekend

April 24 Pray as Todd speaks at One Hope Community Church in Oklahoma City this morning

April 25 Praise God for all He has done to bring Phase 1 of the project to completion (Luke & 50 Bible stories in 5 languages)!

April 26 Pray for good, godly friends for Daniel & for progress in reading

April 27 Pray for 2-3 full-time translators for the Ludari language so they can finish the New Testament

April 28 Praise God for all of Sergej’s work of recording & printing Luke & 50 Bible stories in the Ludari language

April 29 Pray Matthew can get adjusted prosthetic arm & that it will serve his purposes well

April 30 Praise God for Ariela’s dance class which performs for senior citizen groups (& today for family and friends)

Dates, dances, and printing the Gospel of Luke & 50 Bible stories

Ariela (10) and I enjoyed a wonderful evening together with other daughters and FROGs (Fathers, Relatives or Other Guys) at her American Heritage Girls troop. The theme was dads as superheroes. I am blessed and honored to be her “hero”!

Pictures of dads and thoughtful words from their daughters; Ariela in her panda bear cape!

We continue painting our house in Belton, MO, in prep for our move in mid-May.

Todd working on the kitchen; BELOW: Ariela and cousin, Sara, helping to paint Ariela’s room

Ariela’s dance class has been performing for the elderly at local centers (see below).

Todd has been working with colleagues to proofread the Gospel of Luke and 50 chronological Bible stories in the Ludari language. We have sent the print-ready files to the printer in Slavonski Brod, Croatia, to print 400 copies of Luke bound with the text of the Bible stories (no pictures) and a glossary, as well as 50 copies of a full-color book of the Bible stories with pictures in Ludari. 

The Luke/Bible Stories/glossary book will be offered door-to-door to all the homes in the two largest Ludari villages in Croatia (Slavonski Brod and Sisak) where the Pioneers team has had an ongoing ministry for years. The color book with Bible Stories with pictures will be given to the translators and community checkers who worked on the project, as well as be made available to those who specifically request it or who can use them for group teaching or family reading.

The audio recordings of the 50 Bible stories in Ludari have now been put online on our Roma website and on YouTube. Also 8 chapters of Luke in Ludari have also been put online and on YouTube, with plans to post the remaining 16 chapters by the end of this week.

Proofreading the print-ready files for the Bible stories
Cover for Gospel of Luke and 50 chronological Bible stories (without pictures)
Print-ready page in Luke’s gospel
Cover for Bible story book with pictures
Print-ready page from the Bible story book (the parable of the Sower)

We are excited as we are super close to finishing phase 1 of the translation work in 5 languages. Glory to God!