Orientation and preparing for the next stage…

January 30, 2012 in Life, Wycliffe, Mark, Front, Tanzania

After a couple of weeks in Dar es Salaam we’re now coming towards the end of our 3-week orientation course, and looking ahead to the next stage!

We have definitely learnt a lot in the last couple of weeks, about life in Tanzania in general and about Bible translation and language development here in particular. At the same time we’ve been trying to prepare ourselves for the long trip out west to our new home – Mpanda – at the beginning of March. This has meant buying various things for our house including some kitchen equipment, making sure the car that we’re borrowing is in good condition for the trip, obtaining Tanzanian drivers licenses, and meeting with various people to discuss the work we’ll be doing in Mpanda. Read the rest of this entry →

Tumefika! We have arrived in Tanzania…

January 23, 2012 in Life, Wycliffe, Mark, Africa, Front, Tanzania

After five years of anticipation and preparation, on the morning of January 13th we finally touched down at Dar es Salaam International Airport to begin the next stage of our work supporting Bible translation. We are happy to have safely arrived in Tanzania where we are working with SIL International, an organisation devoted to serving minority language communities as they write down their languages and translate the Bible and other materials. Read the rest of this entry →

Engage Orientation Weekend

April 19, 2010 in Prayer, Wycliffe

This past weekend was the orientation course for our Wycliffe UK Engage summer teams. This year the teams will be going to Cambodia, Indonesia and Cameroon in July and August, to visit Bible translation projects and meet the communities involved in the projects.

Unfortunately a large cloud of volcanic ash meant that half of the participants were unable to make the weekend, but the other half seemed to have a good time. It was fun to get to know them a bit, and exciting to think that they’ll be travelling to the other side of the world to see how God is working in completely different cultures!

We won’t be part of any of the teams this year as we have quite a busy summer and are preparing to move to the US, but next month I’m hoping (volcanic ash permitting) to go to Zambia for a couple of weeks to teach a language survey workshop to staff from a partner organisation there, to help them as they prepare to reach out to some of the many Bible-less groups around them.

Before that we have a busy few weeks though – this coming weekend we’ll be heading to Scotland for the first time ever! We’ll be speaking at the Wycliffe Scotland conference, which we’re looking forward to – it’ll be a good chance to meet many of the Scottish Wycliffe members, to learn from them, and to share with them something of what we’ve been learning lately.

Please pray for us – for safe travel to and from the conference (6 hours each way by car, which is a long way in the UK…!) and for wisdom in knowing what to share. I’d also appreciate prayer as I try to fit in all my normal work as well as preparing for this and a couple of other events coming up in the next few weeks. Thanks!