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


PRAISE….We are back from or January travels.  Our trip to south Texas for the New Year was uneventful and relaxing.  The trip out to California was not meant to be relaxing.  My mother is 93 and has fallen twice recently.  I wanted to see how I could be of help.  We also wanted to see some of our dear partners who have been supporting and encouraging us in the Bible translation ministry through the years.

That trip started fine, but the transmission in our 2002 Corolla went out and we limped into Temecula, CA.  Fortunately the freeway traffic the last 50 miles was not going any faster than our car could go.  (How is that for seeing the bright side of freeway traffic!)

We stayed the weekend with a brother in Christ who remembered that his neighbor was wanting to sell his daughter’s 2004 Kia.  To make the long story short, the Kia is now parked in our garage in Texas instead of a driveway in California, and we are so thankful for God’s provision just when we needed it.

Current plans are that I will start this coming Sunday night checking with a team in Asia via the internet.  It will be Monday morning their time.  The goal is to check HebrewsColossiansPhilippians and Jude over a three week period.  I know that the team would also like to check Ephesians as well.

PRAY…..Saturday we heard that 12 of the translation teams have lost their funding.  That includes the teams I am scheduled to check with in March-April and the ones which were planning to be at the Romans workshop.  That is a major blow.

One of the teams is within a couple of years of finishing the complete Bible. Others are a couple of years away from completing the New Testament.  The agency that was sponsoring those teams was also going to cover my airfare, food and lodging expenses for the upcoming trip.

Please be praying that God will open the doors of heaven, and that the people who speak these languages will also have God’s Word available to them!

May God bless you and hold you close in this new year!