by Mark

Email Update, June 2017

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 June 2017 is now available, with news of our working from a distance and return to Tanzania. If you would like to sign up to receive these regularly, you can do so here.

Thank you for your prayers and support for us as we continue to serve language communities in Tanzania and Uganda. This morning we arrived back in Tanzania after six months mainly based in the UK. Here’s a quick update on the past few months, and what we are looking ahead to…

Travel to Tanzania and Thailand

In March Mark traveled again back to Tanzania, to meet with staff in the Dodoma and Mbeya offices. The purpose of this trip was to discuss plans and budgets for the next year or so. We’re grateful that the meetings generally went well, although Mark would appreciate continued prayer for wisdom as a lot of decisions still need to be made, particularly regarding the Dodoma plans, in the coming weeks.

Towards the end of this trip, Mark had the opportunity to attend the wedding of our good friend, Jackson, as he married Pendo in Dar es Salaam!

From there Mark traveled on to Thailand, where he participated in a week of meetings focused on Multilingualism, Urbanisation and Scripture Engagement. This was a time of thinking together with consultants and other experts from around the world, about how we can best serve churches and communities in a world where many people speak multiple languages, and there is significant migration towards cities. These are obviously big topics that we need to be reflecting on, as these themes continue to shape communities around the globe.

Working from a distance

In the UK we continued with our regular work from Tanzania – Mark managing the various language projects and Laura supporting our international colleagues – mainly via email and skype. We have been grateful for the ability to do this, and for the patience of our colleagues as we have not been able to meet with them face to face as much as we might normally do!

As well as working, we made the most of some beautiful weather, exploring the many country footpaths around where we were living! Read the rest of this entry →

by Mark

Email Update, March 2017

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 March 2017 is now available, with news of our time in the UK and Marks’ trip back to Tanzania. If you would like to sign up to receive these regularly, you can do so here.

Thanks for your prayers and support for us, as we continue to support Bible translation. As we mentioned last time, we traveled to the UK in mid-December, and a lot has happened in the last three months!

Laura’s health

Our reason for spending a few months in the UK has been to investigate some pain that Laura has been having. The pain has been there for over ten years, but the last few months it has been worse than normal, so we are hoping that it can be diagnosed.

At the moment we are still waiting to see a specialist, but in the meantime we have also been experimenting with some dietary changes, to see what might help.

Working from a distance

While in the UK we are both continuing to do our jobs online. Laura still talks with many colleagues as they think through various challenges in their life and work. She is also continuing to provide child safety training, and to respond to any emergency situations as they arise.

Mark is also keeping in daily contact with our colleagues throughout Tanzania and Uganda, as he manages the various projects and provides direction to the language work happening in both countries.

We have very much enjoyed seeing friends and family in the UK, and spending Christmas with Mark’s family. We also had the opportunity to attend Mark’s grandfather’s funeral, who died in January at the age of 97 years and 365 days!
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by Mark

Email Update, December 2016

January 29, 2017 in Wycliffe, Africa, Bible translation, Front, Tanzania by Mark

Every few weeks we send out newsletters or email updates. Our latest update from December 2016 is now available, with news of our travel to the project locations around Tanzania, and a trip to the UK. If you would like to sign up to receive these regularly, you can do so here.

Thank you for continuing to support Bible translation and language development throughout Tanzania and Uganda. Here is a brief update on the last few months, together with some plans as we look ahead…

Tanzania Translation Forum

At the end of September we were glad to have the opportunity to gather together all of the staff directly involved in Scripture translation – translators, advisers and consultants – from all around Tanzania for a 3-day forum in Dodoma. This was the first time in three years that we had had all the translation staff gathered in one place.

The 70 participants had over 400 years of translation experience between them, working in over 30 different languages!

You can read the whole update for more information. Thank you for praying for us! Read the rest of this entry →

by Mark

Mbugwe Book Celebration

September 4, 2016 in Wycliffe, Africa, Bible translation, Front, Language, Mission, Tanzania by Mark

Last week I had the privilege of joining with the Mbugwe language community in Tanzania’s Manyara Region as they celebrated the publication of the books of Ruth and Jonah in their language. Apart from some old Mbugwe Scriptures that are now out of print, these are the first books that have been produced in the Mbugwe language.

The day started off with a service at the Catholic church, and continued with a parade bringing in the box of books. As the honoured guest at the celebration I then opened the box, and lifted up the books for the gathered crowd to see. I tried to read the first couple of verses of the book of Jonah, stumbling through the Mbugwe words that I couldn’t understand! Read the rest of this entry →

by Mark

A Kisi Alphabet

December 29, 2015 in Wycliffe, Mark, Africa, Bible translation, Front, Language, Tanzania by Mark

Last year I had the opportunity to visit a village in the Kisi community on the eastern shore of Lake Nyasa in southwest Tanzania. Although to be honest there is not much of a shore to the lake on that side – for mile after mile the towering Livingstone mountains drop straight into the lake, with just room for one or two houses at the water’s edge. Travelling to the Kisi from Mbeya town requires a 3-5 hour journey by car, followed by 8-12 hours in a wooden boat with an outboard motor, praying for good weather and a calm lake.
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