Email Update, March 2020

March 26, 2020 in Wycliffe, Africa, Bible translation, Front, Tanzania

Every few weeks we send out newsletters or email updates. Our latest update from March 2020 is now available, with news of our international staff retreat, and various other travel that we have been doing. If you would like to sign up to receive these regularly, you can do so here.

Thank you for being part of what is happening in Tanzania, as communities engage with Scripture in their languages.

We have exciting news of the recent Vwanji New Testament launch, as well as an update on our plans as we continue to serve the work in Tanzania in the coming months.

Vwanji New Testament launch

Saturday February 29th was a very joyous day in the Vwanji language community! In the village of Matamba, several hundred people gathered to celebrate the launch of the New Testament in print and audio format!
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Email Update, November 2019

March 26, 2020 in Wycliffe, Africa, Bible translation, Front, Tanzania

Every few weeks we send out newsletters or email updates. Our latest update from November 2019 is now available, with news of our international staff retreat, and various other travel that we have been doing. If you would like to sign up to receive these regularly, you can do so here.

Thank you for being part of what God is doing in Tanzania, through your support for us!

We have exciting news of printed New Testaments arriving in Tanzania, but would also appreciate your prayers for several challenges that we are facing as we look ahead to the coming weeks and months.

Kinga and Vwanji New Testaments

We are very happy that after many months of waiting for printing and shipping, the Kinga and Vwanji New Testaments have now arrived in Tanzania! This is an exciting moment for these two communities, fifteen years after the initial linguistic work began.

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Email Update, August 2019

March 26, 2020 in Uncategorized, Wycliffe, Africa, Bible translation, Front, Tanzania

Every few weeks we send out newsletters or email updates. Our latest update from August 2019 is now available, with news of our international staff retreat, and various other travel that we have been doing. If you would like to sign up to receive these regularly, you can do so here.

Greetings from Mbeya airport in Tanzania, where we are waiting to head back home to Dar es Salaam, after a couple of days meeting with the Mbeya team. There are many challenges and uncertainties as we look ahead, but it is a privilege to be working alongside a great team of people from around the world, and we have been reminded of that here in Mbeya this week.

We appreciate you being on this journey with us. Here are some reflections on the last few months, and things we would like continued prayer for…

Nyakyusa New Testament Launch

On May 11th we were privileged to be part of the launch of the Nyakyusa New Testament in the town of Kyela in southwest Tanzania. Together with the print New Testament, an audio version (online, on phones and SD cards) and a smartphone app were launched at the same time, and the JESUS Film is also available in Nyakyusa. The Nyakyusa are one of the larger communities we work with, numbering around 800,000, so we are hopeful that the work of the last 10-15 years will bear much fruit throughout the churches and community.

The day itself was rainy, and some people were prevented from attending because of flooding, but those who were able to come together enjoyed the singing and dancing, and the dedication of the books. There is a desire among the churches to continue translating the Old Testament, but we are hoping that this will mainly be driven by the community, with a more limited role for our staff.

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Email Update, March 2019

March 26, 2020 in Wycliffe, Africa, Bible translation, Front, Tanzania

Every few weeks we send out newsletters or email updates. Our latest update from March 2019 is now available, with news of our international staff retreat, and various other travel that we have been doing. If you would like to sign up to receive these regularly, you can do so here.

Greetings from Los Angeles airport, where I (Mark) have a few hours before my flight for a two-week trip to Tanzania. We are currently in the middle of a short furlough time in the UK and the US, and have appreciated the chance to be able to share some of what God is doing with many of you!

Katavi Team Progress

You may remember that we lived in Katavi Region in western Tanzania from 2012-2013, serving the Bende and Pimbwe communities there. Both communities now have full-time translators, and are progressing through translating parts of the New Testament, in addition to Ruth and Jonah which they have already finished. The book of Luke was the first New Testament book they translated, and they are also planning to record the JESUS Film in each language soon.

In addition to the Bende and Pimbwe, the Katavi team has been hard at work engaging with two new communities – the Ruwila and the Konongo. We don’t have the technical capacity to develop alphabets and initiate full written translations for these communities yet, but the Katavi team have worked alongside experts from overseas to help the Ruwila and Konongo take the first steps in oral translation. This means that the participants hear the Scripture portion in Swahili, and draft and check it orally in their language, using special software that doesn’t require the translation to be written.

Please pray for strength and wisdom for the Katavi team, for the volunteers from the language communities, and for outside experts who are guiding the process.

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Email Update, January 2019

March 26, 2020 in Wycliffe, Africa, Bible translation, Front, Tanzania

Every few weeks we send out newsletters or email updates. Our latest update from January 2019 is now available, with news of our international staff retreat, and various other travel that we have been doing. If you would like to sign up to receive these regularly, you can do so here.

Thank you for being part of our work with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Tanzania! We are excited to update you on what has been happening, and also let you know about our furlough plans between now and April in the UK and the US.

New Testament Completions

We are excited that several New Testaments are very close to being completed! The Nyakyusa New Testament is currently on a ship, somewhere in the Indian Ocean, and eagerly anticipated by the Nyakyusa community! Kinga is about to be printed, and Vwanji is in the final stages of typesetting and checking. Meanwhile Malila, Sangu and Ndali should all be typeset and printed in the coming months.

Please pray with us for all these final steps, and that the books and digital materials would be well used by these communities. Please also pray for wisdom in knowing whether and how we might continue partnering with them on future work beyond the New Testament.

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