It was great that Jonathan’s visit from San Francisco meant that he was able to see Daniel and Ariela’s play also. We enjoyed a special week with him while he was here.
Please remember these prayer requests:
Daniel will be at our church camp Wednesday through Saturday. They will be serving at City Union Mission here in KC and going on a float trip in southern Missouri. Please pray that they would be a blessing to those they serve, for relationships to be built and strengthened, and for safety as they travel.
We have completed most of the formatting and final checks for the Gospel of Luke in the Arli language! Please pray for Todd and the translator as they do a final read through and prepare to print Luke in the Arli language. Pray for wisdom and logistical success in printing and distributing copies of Luke.
We are beginning to make some of the final checks for Luke in the Gurbet, Chergash and Bayash languages as well. Please pray for us and all the translators as we check spelling, consistency in translation of key biblical terms, consistency in formatting, footnotes, introduction and glossary. Pray we can complete these by the end of August and print Luke in these languages.
We have shared with you all the urgent need that our brother, Nedeljko, has for two kidney transplants, and we would ask you to continue to pray for that. Also, Nedeljko has contracted COVID and is in the hospital. His sister is also sick, as are his wife and one of his daughters. Please pray for God’s mercy on him and his family, that God would spare him and continue to use him in ministry in his village and in Bible translation.
We are enjoying having Jonathan visiting us this week from San Francisco. It has been great to have everyone together in one place! Please hold Jonathan up in prayer as he begins planning for going to graduate school for a degree in math.
The prosthetics company Matthew has been working with for a year was unable to get the insurance approval needed, so he is now starting from scratch with two other companies in Kansas City. Please pray that they will be able to get approval for a prosthetic arm and begin the process of fitting him for that soon.
Thank you for praying for our Bayash language Bible translators. Natasha had a very difficult pregnancy but recently gave birth to a beautiful little girl, Mia. Her father, Nedeljko, is suffering from extensive failure in both kidneys. Pray as the doctors perform more tests and also pray that he will be able to very soon receive a transplant for both kidneys. Their extended family has had major health challenges this year with relatives also suffering from COVID or COVID vaccination complications. One exciting happening is that Natasha’s younger sister recently dedicated her life to Christ. And she read the Bible stories we translated into her language, Bayash, and understood all of it.PTL!
We enjoyed a mini family reunion when we gathered in Edgerton, Wisconsin, to celebrate the wedding of our nephew. It was nice that Pam’s mom as well as her three sisters and many nieces and nephews (from Texas, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin) were able to be together for a couple days.
I recently finished my exegetical check in the Gospel of Luke in the Ludari Roma language for 21 out of 24 chapters, and as a team we are proceeding with the next checks for 12 out of 24 chapters. Please pray for wisdom and God’s enablement as we work on Luke in the Ludari language, and that we can meet the deadline of finishing the majority of it by the end of August.
Thank you for your faithful prayers and financial giving!
Thank you all so much for your faithful prayers. What an encouragement to know that you all are standing with us and holding us up before the throne of grace!
Mom is doing well in the nursing home and has adjusted extremely well. We were able to be with her on Mother’s Day which is rare and special. As you can see, Daniel (13) has grown and is almost as tall as Mom is!
Speaking of Daniel, we recently bought a trampoline and he assembled it himself. He and Ariela love having the trampoline and it’s great for them to bounce on it to work off some energy during breaks between sit-down time for home schooling.
They have finished up Wednesday youth groups and the home school academy for the school year. Here is Ariela enjoying the bouncy house at our church’s end-of-year get-together for the end of Kids4Truth. They are practicing hard for the home school academy play, Peter Pan, Jr., in which they will both perform at the end of this month.
Thank you for your prayers for us over the past several weeks especially. Pamala has recovered from her hysterectomy surgery and is doing well. Also, we finished our three trips to Oklahoma City and our part of the process of clearing out Mom’s house. Pam was amazing as the master organizer behind the huge project of selling, donating, tossing and storing things from the house where my parents lived 44 years. They built the house in 1977 when I was 10 so we had a lot of things to sort through. It was bittersweet saying goodbye to their home after all these years. Please pray for my sister in OKC as she finishes up things that need to be done before the house goes back to the bank (reverse mortgage).
The translation team for the Eastern Slovakian Roma translation finished their consultant check of Jeremiah and Lamentations via Skype and I was able to participate in part of it as a translation consultant-in-training. They have only Ezekiel remaining and then will be done checking the entire Bible in that Roma language!
I continue to meet via Zoom to do the checking with our translation consultant and translators in Croatia for the Ludari Roma language in the Gospel of Luke. Please pray for us as we translate; we are currently in chapter 12 with another 12 chapters to go.
Thank you all so much for praying for my (Todd’s) mom. God answered prayer quickly and we were able to move her into a nursing home in Oklahoma City in mid-April. This facility had just reopened under new management and she was the very first resident. The staff threw a party to welcome her and she felt very loved. It was a great answer to prayer that she was awake and strong enough that day to make the move.
My sister and aunt did a great job setting up her nursing home room with pictures and decorations from home, and Timothy and I moved in some of her furniture so she would feel at home.
Now we are traveling frequently to Oklahoma City to visit her and to help my sister get everything moved out of their house. Please pray for this huge job of sorting, donating, selling and storing their things from decades living in that house!
Pamala is doing very well with her surgery recovery and we are so thankful for that, especially that she even has energy and strength to travel to OKC and work hard sorting things at mom’s house. She is still wisely taking it easy and resting as needed.
Another praise is that we are able to rent the house in Independence, MO, for an additional year at the lower monthly rent we had negotiated when we first moved in. By paying a year up front, we save a lot on rent. We think it wise to remain in the States, as we had previously planned, for at least another year. Matthew is doing well and making plans to move out to live on his own or with a friend within a year. Kirsten is doing very well with her classes at Calvary University and is on track to get an associate of arts degree by summer of 2022, when she will also graduate from high school.
Thankfully, using Zoom and Skype, I am able to continue the same Bible translation work I was doing when we still lived in Croatia. We are currently in the midst of the following projects: checking and editing the Gospel of Luke in the Ludari language (with 12 chapters mostly done and 12 chapters to go); editing the glossary for the Gospel of Luke and making audio recordings of the Gospel of Luke and 50 Bible stories in the four other Roma languages (Arli, Bayash, Chergash and Gurbet).
As we prepare to move into stage two of the Bible translation project, which is the remainder of the New Testament in all five Roma languages, I am receiving training to move up from project coordinator of the projects, to translation consultant. Part of that process is working with The Word for the World to observe (and advise) on their translation of Jeremiah and Lamentations in a related Roma language spoken in Slovakia. Additionally, I’m doing more reading on Bible translation theory and practice.
Thank you so much for your faithful prayers and financial support!
Thank you for praying for Pamala’s hysterectomy recovery. While she still needs to rest and take it easy, everything is going extremely well. We thank the Lord that there were no complications and that healing is moving along well! We’re also grateful for the wonderful meals brought over and restaurant gift cards during her convalescence. Please pray for safety and complete healing, especially as we need to take a few unexpected road trips to help clear out Todd’s mom’s house in Oklahoma City.
This week, I (Todd) am meeting via Zoom with our Bible translation consultant and the translators in Croatia, as we check and edit each verse in Luke in the Ludari language, currently in chapter 8. Please pray for God’s Spirit to work in and through us to produce a clear and accurate translation, without mistakes and in wording that communicates well to the Ludari Roma who live in Croatia and beyond.
As part of my training to become a Bible translation consultant myself, in preparation for phase 2 of our Roma Bible translation projects, for the next two weeks I am observing the team with The Word for the World as they check and edit Jeremiah in the Eastern Slovakian Roma language, currently working in chapter 31. These are early morning meetings for me, since I’m in the US but the others are in Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Thank God for the wonders of Zoom and Skype! Please pray for stamina for the team, and for an accurate, natural-sounding and clearly understandable translation of Jeremiah for the Roma who live in eastern Slovakia.
Thank you for your prayers and kind financial support so we can serve by helping get God’s Word translated into these half dozen languages spoken by Roma in central and eastern Europe.
Thank you so much for your prayers for God to provide an opening at a nursing home so that my (Todd’s) mom could move in. He answered more quickly than we had expected and we moved her last week! A nursing home in Oklahoma City just re-opened under new management and my mom was the very first resident to move in.
Thanks to my sister, Tracey, for all her work finding the facility and setting up the room. Timothy and I took a quick trip to Oklahoma City to get her moved in.
We are so grateful that Mom was feeling well the day we needed to move her and that she took the move very well. We would appreciate prayer for her that she will adjust well to the nursing home and not feel confused or lonely, and that she will quickly get approved for Medicaid to pay for the nursing home since she is currently paying out of pocket.
Please pray also for Tracey, Pamala and me, as we will be selling things from the house and getting it ready to return to the bank, as soon as possible. We will be in Oklahoma City soon to begin the process of clearing, selling, donating, storing and disposing of things from the house. Please pray for stamina for this work and much wisdom in the 100s of decisions.
(Also, if you live in Oklahoma City and would like to visit Mom, please message me directly and I will send you her address.)
Thank you for your prayers. We are so thankful that Pamala’s hysterectomy went well, and we ask you to pray for safety and quick healing over the next few weeks as she recovers.
Before Pam’s surgery, I (Todd) was been able to spend time with my mom in Oklahoma City. She has Parkinson’s and dementia, and my dad, who was her main caretaker passed away last month, so she needs someone to be with her all the time. Please pray that we can find a nursing home for her soon, and that she will be approved by Medicare to cover the costs. We are thankful that, in God’s providential wisdom, we can be here in the States during this time of my dad’s death and my mom’s declining health.
Pam and the kids also visited Mom with me, and while in Oklahoma City, we enjoyed time at the park (see picture of Ariela) and at the lake (see picture of Daniel).
Daniel and Ariela are really enjoying their weekly homeschool coop, and they each made a pie for math class on pi day, 3/14.
The following week we enjoyed celebrating Jonathan’s 29th birthday (over video chat) and Daniel’s 13th birthday (with friends at a park in Kansas City).
Thank you all for your prayers for us. I recently read an excellent book on prayer that I would recommend to all of you, Praying: Finding Our Way through Duty to Delight, by J.I. Packer and Carolyn Nystrom.
Speaking of books, a new book on the Bayash (also called Boyash), one of the Roma groups for whom we are translating the Bible, was recently published. It contains a chapter I wrote exploring the impact that the Croatian language has had on the Bayash (Roma) language, and what effect that has on Bible translation (see here for more info).
For example, Bayash does not have a large number of kinship terms, They have terms for “brother”, “sister”, “son”, “daughter”, “husband”, and “wife”, for example, but don’t have terms for “brother-in-law”, “sister-in-law”, “aunt”, “grandmother”, “male cousin” and “female cousin”, so for those they use Croatian words. Interestingly, there is no word in Bayash for “parents”, so if we want to use only Bayash words in a Bible passage, we have to say “father and mother”, but if we want to use the term “parents” in the Bible translation, we have to use the Croatian word.
There are many similar areas where we have to make decisions when to use a Bayash (Roma) word in the Bible translation, and when to use Croatian. As always, we ask for your prayers for wisdom as we deal with these and other issues as we seek to give the Word of God to the Roma in a language they understand best.