Email Update, April 2018

January 5, 2019 in Wycliffe, Africa, Bible translation, Front, Tanzania by Mark

Every few weeks we send out newsletters or email updates. Our latest update from April 2018 is now available, with news of new staff orientation, planning meetings, and the Nyakyusa New Testament approaching completion! If you would like to sign up to receive these regularly, you can do so here.

We are thankful for your prayers for us over the last couple of months, which has been a busy time. However, we are now in a period of waiting, as our work permits are in the process of being renewed.

Orientation for new staff

Part of Laura’s role involves helping to give introductory training to new international staff arriving in Tanzania. In January we welcomed five adults and three children, who will be serving Bible translation projects throughout the country.

Laura helped to coordinate this orientation course, giving the participants a strong foundation for life and work in Tanzania, as well as orientation to our organisation and policies. These participants are now continuing with learning Swahili, before starting their work assignments in the coming months.

Planning Meetings

The first few months of 2018 are very busy as Mark helps to guide the Mara, Mbeya and Katavi projects (representing 20 languages) through a process of planning together with community members and funders, creating proposals and budgets, and then starting to implement those plans.

One key part of this process involves inviting representatives of each language community to meet with our colleagues, and with representatives of the international funding organisations, to all agree on the way forward for the project in their language community. These meetings happened in early March in Mbeya, and were very encouraging for all involved. One bishop commented that the meetings had been a “conversion experience” for him, and that he was now committed to doing all he could to promote the work in his church and community.

These all-partner planning meetings will take place in Mara next week (9-13th April) and in Katavi from 15-17th May. Please pray for wisdom for all involved in these meetings.

Nyakyusa New Testament to be Printed!

Just yesterday, Mark heard that the Nyakyusa New Testament has finished being typeset and checked, and is ready to be sent off for the final stage of printing! We pray that this goes well, and that the 800,000 Nyakyusa speakers in southwest Tanzania would soon have access to these Scriptures.

You can read the whole update for more information. Thank you for praying for us!