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Mark and Laura Woodward, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Tanzania

Dear <<First Name>>,

Thank you for your continued support for Bible translation in Tanzania and Uganda. We appreciate all you do to pray for us and the communities we are working alongside - here are some updates from the past few weeks...
Mbugwe Ruth and Jonah Celebration
On August 27th the Mbugwe community in Tanzania's Manyara Region gathered together to celebrate the publication of the books of Ruth and Jonah in their language. The celebrations involved lots of joy, laughing, singing and dancing, and it was obvious that the community was hugely enthusiastic to receive the books. The 100 copies of each book were sold out within minutes, with requests for a second printing as soon as possible.

Mark was asked by the language committee to be the honoured guest, which meant officially unveiling the books, and addressing the gathered crowd. He encouraged the community to keep moving forward together as the translation work continues, with the gospel of Mark currently being drafted and consultant checked in our Dodoma office. Mark was also given Mbugwe clothes, a staff and a Mbugwe name - you can read more on our website.
Visiting the Project Offices
From March until June we were mostly based in the US, while waiting for our Tanzania work permits to be renewed. We thank God that our prayers were answered and our permits were finally issued, allowing us to return to Tanzania at the end of June!

When we arrived back, one of our priorities was to visit the various project offices around Tanzania, so in July and August we travelled to Mara, Dodoma, Mbeya and Katavi Regions to meet with the teams there. 

The last few months we have been working hard to meet new requirements for project funding proposals starting in October. This has meant a lot of work communicating with the various teams and the communities they serve, processing the budgets, and also being in contact with the international funders as they review the proposals and ask for any changes to the plans and budgets.

In Katavi we had an encouraging meeting with the church leaders on the Advisory Committee in mid-August. They were enthusiastic about the continuing project, and eager to distribute the CDs of Ruth and Jonah that have been produced. They gave advice as to how the project should continue, and requested that the book of Acts be translated once Luke has been drafted and consultant checked in the coming months.
Other recent highlights include:
  • Dedication of the JESUS Film in the Ikizu and Kwaya languages of Mara Region, and the recording of the JESUS Film in Ikoma.
  • The Burunge New Testament, from Dodoma Region, is currently being printed in Asia, as the community prepares for a dedication event.
  • The Kinga translators in Mbeya are currently checking the last book of the New Testament with a consultant.
Annular Solar Eclipse
One highlight of the many hours of travel recently was being able to pass through Makambako on September 1st, just as the moon was passing in front of the sun for a spectacular Annular Solar Eclipse!
Looking Ahead
Laura continues to relate to our colleagues around Tanzania and Uganda as they cope with various challenges in their life and work. Please pray for wisdom for her as she meets regularly with several people, as well as in her work as our branch Child Safety officer.

Mark is continuing to communicate with funders, trying to ensure that our proposals are approved by the beginning of October. This is looking promising, but we would appreciate prayers for everything to go smoothly so that the 250 staff throughout Uganda and Tanzania can continue in their work.

Earlier this week Mark flew to Arusha to meet with another organisation that is starting a new translation initiative - we would appreciate prayers for wisdom in these ongoing conversations. Then next week Mark will be in Dodoma, where around 70 translators, advisers and consultants from the various Tanzanian projects will be gathering for a translation forum.

Then in October we are hoping to fly to South Africa where Laura will have a follow up appointment with the eye specialist following her emergency in February. We would like to also take some vacation time in South Africa... maybe taking our tent and finding some scenic places to camp!

Thank you!

Thank you for your support that makes our work with these 30 or so language projects possible. When we see the joy of the Mbugwe and other communities, we are very aware that your prayers and financial support are a key component in making this work possible, so thank you!

We pray that you are well, and look forward to hearing from you!

Nyamuwanga :eeresiishe obhwendi bhwaye kw‐iswe, bhunu :aatumire Omwana waaye wumwi era ku‐kyaro, insonga okuturira ku‐Mwana waaye uyo, kinyoore obhurame bhunu bhutakuweera. Itari ati ni eswe :kyaambire okwenda Nyamuwanga, tari omwene niwe :aakyendere. Bhuyo nibhwo obhwendi. :Aatumire Omwana waaye, insonga abhe ekimweso kya okukigwatanya na Nyamuwanga na okukisoosha‐ko ebhikayo bhyeswe. Abheendwa bhaani, raabhe Nyamuwanga :aakyendere kutyo, eyendwa eswe kyone kyendane. Atariwo muunu woonewoone unu ararorere Nyamuwanga ebhaga ryoneryone. Nawe kikeendana, Nyamuwanga keekara mu‐mitima gyeswe, na obhwendi bhwaye mbukuumira mw‐iswe.

God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.

(1 John 4:9-12, in Kwaya and English)

Mark and Laura

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SIL International, Box 60368, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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