The Wilners – Serving in South Central Asia

John and Susan – Translating the Bible in South Central Asia.


John Wilner

Thu, Jan 5, 9:01 PM (2 days ago)
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Dear friends,

Susan and I got back yesterday from our annual trip to spend New Years day with her brother and his wife. We have done this for several years now and it is always a treat for us. It used to mean a long drive down to the beautiful hill country in south Texas. They now live closer to us. The drive is not as pretty, but the welcome is as sweet as ever.  Now it is time to get back to work in earnest.

Back in August we wrote about the need for funds to print the Psalms for the Adivasi Oriya people. Some of you contributed to that project and we are very happy to report that the Psalms are now in print.  Praise God!

Just before leaving for Asia last November, I discovered that the workshop notes I kept on an online sharing site somehow got deleted by one of the users. Fortunately, I have the originals on my computer.  Since getting back, I have been updating the files with those notes in them and getting them back online so that they will be available for others. (And hopefully put online in a way this time so that they cannot be deleted by someone else.)  I have gotten the notes posted for Romans, 1&2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Hebrews and Revelation. I still have 1&2 Peter, Jude and the Gospel of John to get posted.

I will not be checking 1 Corinthians with the team in Orissa as originally planned. I heard that they have already started with another consultant and I am happy to let them continue. That has given me time to work on the notes. Colleagues in South Asia are trying to get the notes translated into Hindi and Nepali so that they can be of benefit to speakers of those languages who do not have good skill in English.

Coming up I will be working with the MAT team, and possibly also with the OLO team, on some Old Testament portions. After that the plan is to check Hebrews with the ‘Terrier’ team.  Both the MAT team and the OLO team are planning to dedicate the New Testament in their language in February.  We would sure like to be there for those events, but that is not to be.  We have known and worked with translators in these teams since 2008.

Thank you so much for your love and prayers. We have seen God’s goodness in so many ways over the years, and we look forward to what God is going to do in the coming year. Thank you for being partners with us.

May the Lord bless you and fill you with His peace!