Mailing Address: SIL • BP 2075 • Dakar • Senegal • Africa •
Birthdays: Jay - May 24, Sue - August 3, Jamie - May 22, Jeremy - September 1, Jason - November 29
Jay and Sue's Anniversary - June 10
June 2014 Newsletter
Jay often uses the illustration of the Irish Setter who runs out into the middle of the lawn, stops short and looks all around wondering which direction to go next. Being directionally challenged himself he can relate to the Setter. I, on the other hand, while I love to juggle many things at once, am pretty much determined to move in as straight a line as possible to see each one of them finished, brought to completion. These days I’m feeling more like an Irish Setter, directionally challenged, and not liking it.
There is satisfaction, certainly, in knowing that we have been able to check all of II Corinthians with a consultant and with some new Konyagi helpers assisting. There is indeed reason to praise God for the Key Terms Workshop and the three new Konyagis who, because God miraculously opened the borders that had been previously closed due to ebola virus, were able to get out of Guinea and into Senegal for the two week workshop. There is relief in knowing that we made it through yet another high school graduation with its attendant activities and have sent another of our children (Jeremy) out into this adventure called life.
Two days after Jeremy, Jamie and my sister Beth left (June 8), Jay and I forced ourselves out of our sorrow at saying goodbye so we could celebrate 25 years of marriage! It kind of sneaks up on you! We tried out Dakar’s new number one restaurant and really enjoyed ourselves. (Check it out online if you like. It’s called Le Mokai.)
Now what direction do I take?
Well, Jay, Jason and I will take a week of vacation at the beach through the fourth.
I look forward to checking I-III John at the end of July. More meetings with the Department for Literacy and National Languages over codifying the Konyagi alphabet will hopefully result in that coming to completion in September. And two of the three who came for the workshop in May are currently working on a translation exercise on their own to see if they can do this work.
But I am quickly coming to the end of what I can do alone, without a translator to replace Papa.
I am sorely tempted to recite to you a whole list of things that Satan has thrown at us this year, and continues to throw at us, since Papa’s passing – but I prefer not to give him that much credit. Instead we are digging in our heels and looking upward to the One who defeated him long ago. We are proud of our kids who walk with Him, proud of the Konyagi believers who bow in prayer when faced with struggles, proud of all of you who continue to believe Him for the completion of the Konyagi New Testament. We rejoice in your prayers and in how God answers them: we have two possible new translators in the pipeline; we are moving forward little by little; we have LOTS of opportunity to see God work! What could be better than that?!
What direction should you take? Just keep praying…
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Heb. 11:1
“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Heb. 11:6
“…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith,” Heb. 12:2
Thank you for your faithful prayers and financial support,
Last updated: 7/24/14