Field testing the Gospel of Luke in Croatia & Serbia (The Prices Write, November 2020, part 1)

Todd on Zoom, checking & editing the Gospel of Luke in the Chergash language from his office at home in Kansas City

In these pictures, our Roma Bible translators are doing what we call “field testing” or “community checking”. This is when they meet with other speakers of their Roma languages and ask for feedback from them on the translation so we can make sure that what we have translated clearly communicates to them.

Sometimes this is done over video chat, but it is more often done in person while sitting at the kitchen table or in the office with them as they read or listen to the translation and the translators ask them comprehension questions.

Djena in Serbia checking Luke in the Chergash language
Naki in Serbia checking Luke in the Gurbet language
Alen & Sasha checking Luke in the Arli language
Renata checking Luke in Croatia in the Bayash language
Todd in Kansas City and Zoki in Croatia testing passages from Luke in the Chergash language

This, along with checks which we do by Zoom with our consultants in the States, is a key aspect as we get closer to the goal of completing the Gospel of Luke. Please pray for all of us that we can soon finish Luke, not only testing and checking it, but also printing and making audio recordings of it. The goal is to finish Luke in four languages (Arli, Chergash, Gurbet and Bayash) in February, and the fifth language (Ludari) by August 2021.

Please pray for the the translators: unfortunately two of them have COVID and are very sick, a third has kidney failure, and a fourth is battling liver issues. Please pray for their full health and recovery.

Kirsten has almost completed all her driving practice hours so she can take her test soon. She’s taking classes at Calvary University and also working at Target.


Thank you for your prayers and kind financial support!


Todd & Pamala Price
(Matthew, Kirsten, Daniel, Ariela)

We enjoyed a special visit from Jeff & Cindy Warner with whom we served in Bosnia for a dozen years!

“But will they understand it?” Pray for field testing today and tomorrow of Luke in the Chergash language

We love working on the translation of the Scriptures into the various Roma languages. At the end of the day, however, if the average Roma does not understand what it says, then we have missed our goal. That is why it is so important to do what we call “field testing” or “community checking”. This means that the translators sit down with other speakers of their language who have not seen the translation before and don’t know what we think it says. We have them read or listen to the translation and ask them questions to make sure that they have understood it correctly. Thankfully, our field testing has gone really well and we are finding that other Roma understand it well when they hear it.

COVID has presented challenges in this area as it often requires the translators to travel to new locations to test the translation. This weekend, Djena (pictured above, far right, testing Luke chapters 1-3 and 8 in Chergash) was allowed to cross the border into Serbia to do testing, but his wife, Biljana, the main translator, was not allowed to. She had to stay back in Croatia, but she was able to be online on Messenger with Djena and the testers as they worked all day testing Luke chapters 1-3 and 8. (We had tested chapters 4-7 last year.)

Please pray for Biljana and Djena and the testers, that we will get clear and accurate feedback, and that we can make any changes needed to make sure that our translation of Luke is understandable. Specifically, please pray as they work on the rest of Luke (chapters 9-24) this weekend and next weekend, that we can finish it for our deadline.

Thank you for being there to pray for us and the Roma!

Gratefully, 

Todd

Our daily prayer calendar for October 2020 (The Prices Write, part 2)

1 Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
2 Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you– you are my God.
3 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day.
4 Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
(Ps. 86:1-4 ESV)

Daily Prayer Calendar for October 2020

To download this prayer list formatted as a calendar for printing, click below:

October 1 Praise God for successfully editing Luke 4-6 via Zoom with our Ludari translators in Croatia

October 2 Praise God we could test Luke 4-6 with Ludari speakers via Zoom to see how well other people understand the translation

October 3 Thank God for the work experience Kirsten could get at Subway as her first job

October 4 Praise God for a good initial session over Zoom for the new consultant checking the Ludari translation

October 5 Today is Pam’s mom’s (Barbie Hughes) 90th birthday. Praise God for health & for her deep love for God & family

October 6 Pray we can successfully test Luke 17-24 in the Ludari community to make sure they clearly understand what is translated

October 7 Pray as we check Luke in Ludari this week & next with our new translation consultant

October 8 Pray for wisdom & good time management for Timothy as he takes college classes

October 9 Pray the Bayash translators can successfully test their translation of Luke with other Roma to ensure it is clear

October 10 Praise that Jonathan can come to Oklahoma City when we celebrate Thanksgiving there next month

October 11 Pray as we speak at Graham Union Church, Graham, Iowa, this morning, for God to be glorified & His body edified

October 12 Pray for Elizabeth as she leads ESL classes for RefugeKC for Middle Eastern refugees & as she learns Arabic

October 13 Pray for Zoki & Stanoje to make diligent, faithful, accurate progress in their Bible translation work in Ludari language

October 14 Pray for Matthew to find work using his skills in UX (web and app design)

October 15 Pray our insurance will approve an electronic prosthetic arm for Matthew & that he can be fitted for that soon

October 16 Pray for safety for Kirsten learning to drive & that we can complete her 40 hours of practice so she can take her driver’s test

October 17 Praise God for friends, youth group & a great back yard for Daniel to enjoy

October 18 Pray for us speaking this morning at The Road Church, Blue Springs, MO, for the Lord’s strength & enablement

October 19 Pray the Arli translators can successfully test their translation of Luke with other Roma to make sure they understand it

October 20 Praise God for friendships for Ariela & for Wed. evening Kids4Truth club at our church

October 21 Pray for wisdom for doctors regarding the extent of chemo treatment for Max & for approval for in-home care

October 22 Pray the Chergash translators can successfully test the translation of Luke with other Roma to make sure it is clear

October 23 Praise God that Mal can be outside of his room with COVID precautions since his room is at the end of the hall

October 24 Pray the Gurbet translators can successfully test the translation of Luke with other Roma to ensure that it is clear & natural

October 25 Pray as we speak today at Newburg Chester Church in Grinnell, Iowa, for God’s will to be done in everything

October 26 Pray we can finish Luke in Bayash, Arli, Chergash & Gurbet by the end of January & in Ludari by the end of July 2021

October 27 Pray for strength & wisdom for Todd’s sister as she helps with Max & Geri’s daily needs

October 28 Pray for wisdom, accuracy & fast progress for Todd checking Luke chapters 1-3, and 7-16 in Ludari

October 29 Pray for God’s powerful work in each of our children’s spiritual journeys

October 30 Praise God for Joy Hill’s help in the translation process as she continues to work remotely from Hungary

October 31 Pray for us as we travel to Freeport, Iowa, to speak at Zion Church, to be a tremendous blessing to them

The Prices Write (October 2020, part 1)

Pam with her mom, Barbie, and sisters, (L-R) Val, Ruth and Kim
Family reunion with Pam’s family
Pam and extended family talking to her dad, Mal, through the window at his nursing home

In August, we gathered in the Dallas, Texas, area for a family reunion with Pam’s mom, three sisters and many of their children. We were able to visit Pam’s dad, Mal, at the nursing home where he lives, and talk to and sing with him through the window over the telephone. Our kids got to hang out with their cousins and we made lots of memories at the hotel, swimming, getting coffee and tea, catching up with each other and laughing a lot.

Pam’s sister, Ruth, and family have moved back from China; it has been very special catching up with them

We’ve also visited Todd’s family in Oklahoma City. It has been special to spend time with Todd’s parents, especially now that their health is declining. A highlight has been seeing their joy when we sing hymns together with them.

Todd’s dad, who loves flowers, giving a bouquet to Pam when we visited them
We went back to the picnic table in Oklahoma City where I took Pam on a picnic when she came to meet my family for the first time 32 years ago!

We have begun speaking at churches, and so far have spoken in Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma. We would be glad to speak to your church or small group to share with them about Bible translation among the Roma. We would love to see you if you can make it to any of the upcoming meetings:

10/11 at Graham Union Church, Graham, Iowa;

10/18 at The Road Church, Blue Springs, Missouri;

10/25 at Newburg Chester Church, Grinnell, Iowa;

& 11/1 at Zion Church, Freeport, Illinois.

Celebrating Todd’s 54th birthday
Working from my home office in Independence, checking translations by Zoom
Editing Luke in the Gurbet language

We have recently been editing the translations of Luke 16-17 in the Arli, Chergash and Gurbet languages, Luke 18-21 in the Bayash language, and Luke 4-6 in the Ludari language, via Zoom meetings. We’re thankful for software and the Internet that make all this Bible translation work possible. Thank you for your prayers and kind financial support!

Todd & Pamala Price
(Matthew, Kirsten, Daniel, Ariela)

Our daily prayer calendar for September 2020 (The Prices Write, part 2)

O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
(Ps. 84:8 ESV)

To get this prayer list formatted as a calendar, go here to download:

September 1 Pray for good communication that we can accurately edit Luke 16-24 with the Arli language translators

September 2 Pray for a great job for Timothy & good progress on his college classes

September 3 Pray for Sasha, Kada, Alen, Todd & our translation consultant editing Luke in the Arli language over Zoom

September 4 Pray for details to come together for Todd to travel to Croatia in October for 2 weeks of Bible translating workshops

September 5 Pray for Kirsten to greatly benefit from her classes, & for safety & success learning to drive

September 6 Pray for rest, restoration, worship & edification today

September 7 Pray for Todd to make good progress editing the Bible translations we are doing in the 5 Roma languages

September 8 Todd’s dad turns 83 today. Praise God for the encouragement & help he’s been to us & so many others.

September 9 Pray for a great school year of learning for Daniel (age 12)

September 10 Pray for successful editing of Luke 16-24 in the Chergash language in our Zoom meetings

September 11 Pray for Djena, Biljana, Todd & our consultant editing Luke in the Chergash language

September 12 Pray God will speak through us at Sully Community Church (Sully, Iowa) today & tomorrow

September 13 Pray for Todd preaching at Sully Community Church (Sully, Iowa), teaching Sunday School & an evening service

September 14 Pray for energy & wisdom as Elizabeth ministers to the homeless at Restart & Stephen finishes his training & begins his new work

September 15 Pray for Zoki & Stanoje to make diligent, faithful, accurate progress in their Bible translation work in Ludari language

September 16 Pray for spiritual growth as Matthew processes his arm loss & for nerve healing & recovery of movement

September 17 Pray for wisdom & good communication as we edit Luke chapters 16-24 in the Gurbet language via Zoom meetings

September 18 Pray for Goran, Naki, Todd & our consultant for clarity & accuracy editing Luke in the Gurbet language

September 19 Pray for God to use us at Master’s Community Church’s missions conference today & tomorrow in Kansas City, KS

September 20 Pray for Todd preaching at Master’s Community Church, (Kansas City, KS) this morning

September 21 Today is Todd’s 54th birthday. Pray for encouragement, refreshment & the Lord’s continual strength & guidance

September 22 Pray for good communication & fruitful editing of Luke 20-24 in the Bayash language (especially during Zoom meetings)

September 23 Pray for Natasha, Renata, Todd & our consultant for clarity & accuracy editing Luke in the Bayash language

September 24 Pray we can get the flooring replaced in Todd’s parents’ home tomorrow & that Mom & Dad will do well in the hotel

September 25 Praise for family reunion for Pam’s side last month; pray for wisdom for her mom downsizing her home

September 26 Pray for stamina organizing Todd’s parents’ house & taking care of paperwork, bills & other financial concerns

September 27 Pray for Todd preaching at Metropolitan Bible Church, OKC, this morning

September 28 Pray for Jonathan to experience Jesus as the one who meets his deepest needs

September 29 Pray for wisdom for Pam as she home schools & mothers many ages

September 30 Pray for a great school year for Ariela; praise for Wed. group classes for her & Daniel

The Prices Write (September 2020, part 1)

Thank you for your faithful prayers for us!

My (Todd’s) mom (pictured above) and dad both have pretty severe dementia and are no longer able to completely take care of themselves. They are living in their own house in Oklahoma City, and my sister, Tracey, and I are helping them out at this time. It is clear to us that God’s timing has been perfect in that we came back to the States to help Matthew after his accident, but it is providential that we can be Stateside to help my parents at this crucial time in their lives.

My sister, Tracey, just finished nursing schooling (the timing, again, is perfect), so she and a fellow nurse are helping take care of our parents, and we are thankful for hired house helpers and other nursing care. This week, we are in Oklahoma City to help get work done on their house. We’re glad we can be just a day’s drive away in Kansas City so we can come down as needed, and also that I can handle finances for them online from our home.

Daniel moving boxes at my parents’ house, getting things ready for new flooring

Thank you for praying for Matthew. His nerve transfer surgery results will only be seen gradually over the next six months to two years. He is getting good help from a hand therapist in Kansas City, and he’s able to drive himself. He is developing his portfolio and looking for work in UX (user experience) for apps and web pages. Please pray for him to find a job soon. Please also pray for our insurance to approve the costs of getting a prosthetic arm for him very soon.

Kirsten started classes at Calvary University in Kansas City. These early college classes will count for her junior year of high school and college credit, so it is a great time and money saver. She has her driver’s permit, and I’m teaching her to drive. The state of Missouri requires 40 hours of driving practice before taking the test for her license.

Daniel and Ariela are in a new home school co-op this year in Kansas City. We are excited they can be in this with their cousins and also with new friends they have made.

In the Ludari language, I am currently editing the Roma translators’ rough drafts of Luke chapters 6 and 7. We now have a second Bible translation consultant who has joined our project, and he is looking over their second drafts of Luke chapters 17-24. This second consultant is an answer to your prayers for more workers for the translations. Also, I am checking the translators’ drafts of Matthew chapter 1 and 2 in all five of the languages: Arli, Bayash, Chergash, Gurbet, and Ludari. Please pray for the Roma translators working from their homes in Croatia and Serbia, me working from home in Kansas City, and the two consultants checking their work from Dallas and Boston.

This picture is of Goran, at his office in Serbia, working on the Bible translation into the Gurbet language.

This month we begin speaking at our supporting churches, where we will give an update on our mission work and progress on the Bible translations, and I will be preaching. We will speak at Sully Community Church (Sully, IA) 9/12-13, Master’s Community Church (KC, KS) 9/20, and Metropolitan Bible Church (OKC, OK) 9/27. If you live nearby, we’d love to have you join us!

Thank you for your faithful prayers for us as a family and our co-workers doing Bible translation into the Roma languages.

Gratefully,
Todd & Pamala
(Matthew, Kirsten, Daniel, Ariela)

Fun time visiting Todd’s aunt, Pat, in Oklahoma City and driving her golf cart!