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Pray With Us

Mark and Laura Woodward, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Tanzania


Dear <<First Name>>,

We appreciate all that you do to support us as we serve language communities in Tanzania and Uganda. We have been grateful to see some answers to prayer over the past couple of months, and have some other updates to share too...

International Staff Retreat

At the end of June Laura helped to coordinate the annual retreat for our international staff in Dar es Salaam. This year we had three volunteers from our supporting church in Petaluma, California, come to help with childcare at the retreat, which we were very grateful for.

Laura was able to catch up with many people who she serves throughout Tanzania and Uganda, and to hear the kinds of challenges that they are facing in their work or in their personal lives as they serve in cross-cultural environments. As usual this was an encouraging and enjoyable time, but was also hard work for Laura.
The international staff from around Tanzania and Uganda, gathered in Dar es Salaam
UK Meetings
In mid-July Laura headed to the UK for a week of meetings with the global staff care team that she is part of. The team consists of people from around the world, and normally connects virtually, so it was helpful to be able to talk through some things face to face. The team continues to give leadership in supporting our organisation's staff who are serving in diverse cross-cultural situations around the world.
Travel to Uganda, Mbeya, Dodoma and Musoma
While Laura was in the UK, Mark spent three days in Uganda meeting with our staff there, as they were putting together project proposals and budgets for several translation projects in language communities. He was also able to make a short trip to Mbeya (watching England's World Cup quarter-final in a Kinga village, shivering at 7,400 feet altitude) with our Mission Pastor, Tom, who was visiting from the church in Petaluma. The Kinga are in the very final checks for the New Testament, which should be printed in the next couple of months, and hopefully dedicated in mid-2019!

In September we both travelled to Dodoma to meet with the team there, who serve three language communities. And then at the end of September we were in Musoma, in northern Tanzania, as the team welcomed a new team leader, and as they implemented some changes in department structure which are intended to help them to serve the eight language communities in the project in a more coordinated way.

We are thankful that most of the projects proposed for the new financial year (beginning this month) have been approved and sponsored by the international funders, but some issues still remain to be resolved, so we would appreciate your prayers for that.

At the same time we are very excited that several New Testaments are very close to completion, with Nyakyusa currently being printed, Kinga in the final checks before printing, and several other Mbeya languages not far behind!
The beautiful, but very cold, Kinga area that Mark visited with some colleagues in early July
Work Permits
We are very grateful for your prayers for the work permit situation for our non-citizen staff in Tanzania. We have been encouraged that the situation seems to be somewhat improved over the last month, as we have received five renewed permits for various colleagues.

However, there is still much to pray for, as we have appealed a key permit which was denied, and as we await a decision on several others that seem to have been delayed.

We have been encouraged by the progress that our colleagues in Dodoma have made in building relationships with staff in the Ministry of Labour, and are very much aware that this is an issue that needs ongoing prayer.
We enjoyed a relaxing couple of days camping in Morogoro recently
Thailand Meetings
This past week Mark has been in Bangkok, Thailand, as part of our organisation's Global Leaders Meetings. Over 200 staff from many countries around the world gathered to pray and discuss the ways we need to continue to evolve as an organisation, so that we can best serve language communities through Scripture translation and development of their languages.

The meetings were very encouraging for Mark, and it was a great opportunity for him to interact with other leaders from very different contexts, sharing thoughts and ideas, and learning from each other.

Thank you!

Many thanks again for all that you do to support us and make possible the part that we play in this exciting work. Please continue to pray for us, particularly for work permits for non-citizen staff to be issued, and for sufficient project funding for the coming year.

We really appreciate all that you do for us, by praying, and by caring for us through your financial giving and practical support. We hope that you are encouraged to see what God is doing in East Africa, and to see Scriptures being produced. Please pray with us that the communities would engage with these Scriptures, and that God would use them to draw people to himself.

Rụ́tụ̃ umvi ĩꞌdiní, “Lẽ ị́jọ mání má aꞌbe mi sĩ gõjó vúlé la ku, ãma mụ mí be, ãngũ mî mụjó rĩ gá ãzíla ãngũ mî uꞌájó rĩ gá. ꞌBá mídrị̂ kí adru ꞌbá mádrị̂ kî, ãzíla Ãdróŋá mídrị̂ la vâ adru Ãdróŋá mádrị̂ ꞌi. Ãngũ míní drãjó rĩ gá ma vâ drã ꞌdãá, ãzíla ãngũ ími ị̃sị̃jó rĩ gá ála vâ áma ị̃sị̃ ꞌdãá. Lẽ ÚPÍ ꞌbã fẽ mání drị̃rịma ũnzí la ádrĩ ị́jọ́ ãzí idé ími aꞌbejó rá rĩ gá, wó drã la rá la ãma awa mí be nĩ.”
 
But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. I will go where you go, and where you will stay I will I will go. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.  Where you die there I will die, and where you are buried there I will be buried. May the Lord punish severely if I do this thing to leave you, but death will part me from you.” (Ruth 1:16-17 in Aringa and English).

Mark and Laura
www.everytongue.co.uk/support

Our mailing address is:
SIL International, PO Box 60368, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania



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