Updated April 17, 2013
- Praise: Matthew has arrived in Ghana. He will be here until early May working as an intern for an agricultural business. The place is a 3 hour drive from Accra. We are enjoying having him near and seeing him from time to time.
- Mark is getting married on May 25 in Chicago!
Personal Prayer and Activities
- Praise: The Lord blessed our road trip to our old stomping grounds – Burkina Faso. We went the week before Easter, taking 3 days to drive up, 4 nights and three days there and two days to drive back.Thank you to everyone who prayed. If you area interested in photos. you can find them here. It was a great encouragement to see how the national organization we encouraged in its early days has flourished.
- Prayer and news: Dayle leaves for Chicago on May 8 and I follow on May 20. After Mark’s wedding on May 25, we will visit relative in Indiana, travel to the wedding of Ed’s niece in Portland on May 31, then travel to Grants Pass a few days later. We have to vacate the place we are staying and put things in storage, plus find someone to take care of our car.
Strategic goal #1: Over the next 3-5 years, most of the people and money for finishing the translations in Ghana will come from Ghana
- Prayer and praise: Ed is developing a plan for Ghanaians to give money to Bible translations in the languages using their mobile phones. Pray for wisdom and prudence for Ed and those working with him on this project which is advancing more slowly than originally planned. Pray for perseverance for Ed. Update: The organization we work with has named a staff member to run the program (and others).
- In the new year, Ed will also be working with other staff to put in place newer translation strategies that cost less and go faster. Pray for wisdom and grace. We hope the next meeting of the committee will be in January. Ed is responsible for setting up a series of meetings to deal with various issues. Ed is working on this very actively. Pray that all those who need to be involved will attend. This week (Jan 14-18), Ed is in Tamale working with a committee who will be doing a lot of the work. Pray for understanding and unity.
- Prayer: Ed needs wisdom as he helps the office staff set up a regular mailing list to use with email and printed materials. The system the office is using is slow and requires many man-hours of work wasting valuable and scarce time and money. This is not Ed’s area of expertise, but he knows more than the others. We are learning as we go, but it looks like the system will really speed things up. Update: We have asked for some technical assistance and are waiting to see if a volunteer will be found. Pray that God will direct the right person to us.
- From April 20-26 Ed will be traveling to Yaoundé, Cameroon with a colleague, Sylvester Nkrumah, for training and interaction with others also working on plans to finish all the translations in Ghana.
- Ed is working with a national planning committee with representatives from various churches and Christian organizations. Detailed planning to meet this goal will begin in October of this year.
Strategic goal #3: Within 3-5 years, most of the staff and funds for literacy will come from within Ghana and be run by Ghana institutions.
- Praise: Ed and the Director met with a representative of an agency applying for funding for education in the mother tongue. They are looking at GILLBT as a potential partner. This program would be a great blessing to the language communities of Ghana and would give GILLBT a significant financial boost. This is now a waiting game to see if the funding comes and to whom it will be given. That could come soon or it could take months. Update: We have occasional contacts with the potential funder, but we do not know if nor when they might make a decision.
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