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),Continue reading “3 years ago today was Matthew’s accident”

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,Continue reading “Pictures of our family Christmas; 2022 Bible translation progress”

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),Continue reading “Thanksgiving & Christmas with family; Which is going faster, Jude or John?”

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

LOST (& FOUND) IN TRANSLATIONWe 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 TitusContinue reading “Genuine or true, pure or clean? Lost (and found) in translation, installment #10”

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

We’ve got lots of pictures for this update! 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 housesContinue reading “278 homes visited; encouraging friendships & visits; grateful for family & missions partnerships!”

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!”

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”

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”

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

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! On May 7-8, Ariela (10) acted, danced and sang, and Daniel (14) ran sound for the production of “Honk. Jr.” at theirContinue reading “Kirsten’s graduation; Ariela’s baptism; our move to new house”