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Thorough Bible translations must cross both language and cultural barriers.
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Monday
How Do You Choose?

Summer Zimmer has begun her ministry in Papua New Guinea, beginning with culture and language study. She said recently, “I’m sure this is something every new missionary faces and everyone in a new stage of life or in transition or some even on a daily basis. The routines that are normal for you are up in the air, there are new opportunities, new people, new priorities. How do you choose? Everything is up for grabs — time is no longer structured and planned out, and man, do I love structure.” Pray for her to keep her priorities straight. Read about balance.

Tuesday
What Kind of Toothbrush?

The Nahuatl team in Mexico truly desire to meet people’s physical needs, even as Jesus cared for people. Katie Moore said, “One of the pressing physical needs in this village is for dental care and treatment. Doctors show up from time to time, but no dentists, and a trip to town is hard to arrange and financially out-of-reach for most, not to mention the bills that would come afterwards.” Once a year, the team brings in dentists to help over 100 people. Katie continued, “Our volunteer dentists are amazing, giving selflessly of their vacation days and using their own money to travel in order to serve others. With their expertise they are meeting real needs and allowing us to clearly communicate the love of God to the Nahuatl.” Pray for the team as they show God’s love through physical help. Read more about it here.

Wednesday
A Day in the Life . . . 

Ryan and Chelsea Farran minister with Ethnos360 Aviation in Papua New Guinea. Here is a look at a normal day in the life of a bush pilot. Is God challenging your heart to go into missionary aviation? Check out Ryan’s video.

Thursday
This Thing Is Really Happening

Jordan and Amy Husband have joined the Nahuatl team and have been planning their house-building project for some time. Jordan has been on-site for about a month now with the rest of the team and some friends who have come to help. Pray for the construction, for sufficient water at this low-water time and for safety. Read more about the project.

Friday
To Follow Jesus

Brian and Kelly Helmuth minister in Papua New Guinea with Ethnos360 Aviation. Kelly went out to visit the fledgling Menya church. She said, “Sitting on a wood plank with my feet in the dirt and a small Menya child sound asleep on my lap. ... I was sitting with my brothers and sisters. People that God has redeemed. People from a 'remote, middle of nowhere' people group in Papua New Guinea. A people overlooked by mankind, but not by their Creator. A people who now are a part of a new family that God is creating in Christ Jesus. The sweet life I held in my lap is among the first generation that will grow up in homes with parents that know and follow Jesus.” Pray for the Menya church. Rejoice with Kelly here.

Shamans sometimes attended the teaching, hoping to find more ways to manipulate the spirit world, but this time it was different.
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Monday
What Is the Member Services Department?

As a part of Member Services, George and Linda Heckman minister to all Ethnos360 members. What do they do? They wrote recently, “We have had busy days in the office helping our missionaries with various things. One fellow has been called for jury duty, and he is across the globe. He also wrote today and hasn’t had his new driver’s license delivered yet, that he ordered online. We do all we can to help these folks, so they can stay at work in their country of service.” Pray for our missionaries in Member Services; we need them. Read the Heckmans’ update.

Tuesday
In the Potter’s Hands

Joel and Andi McMartin minister in West Africa. Recently they took their boys to a potter for some hands-on education. Andi wrote, “As the boys hit the pottery wheel, I was reminded again of what a great image a pottery wheel can be. ... Watching the instructor work with our kids also reminded me a little of what our ministry is like. We have just received three families and a single guy to our field. Our role over these next few years is to come alongside them, get our hands dirty and help them as they intentionally work to change and shape their lives to be more relevant here. The process has just begun, and the result will be different for each of them, but we get to be there and hold their hands steady as they work.” Pray for Joel, Andi and the new missionaries. More on shaping.

Wednesday
Uncharacteristically Candid

Katie Moore and her teammate Rachel Chapman minister among the Nahuatl of Mexico. As they met with the new believers, those believers were uncharacteristically candid. Katie said, “They talked about embarrassment with regards to praying in public and people making fun of them for believing a ‘new’ thing. They asked why such a big crowd came to listen to the teaching at first and such a small crowd is actually believing. They talked about social pressure to conform to the old ways and comments their unbelieving families have made about God.” Pray for the Nahuatl team as they disciple the believers. Read more about the Nahuatl.

Thursday
Nivaclé Translation Update

Jamie and Charlene Hunt minister among the Nivaclé of Paraguay, in order to see the Scriptures translated into clear, concise Nivaclé. One of the words that they have seen is the Nivaclé equivalent of the Greek euthus — it is tatsha. They wrote that recently they “sat around the table, checking the gospel according to Mark with the translation consultant and two young Nivaclé men. The word [tatsha] was repeated … as the verses were checked, each time this adverb resonating more and more deeply in our hearts. … The check of Mark is now complete and went very well. The next step is to do a provisional printing for the Nivaclé pastors to be able to read and give input on. It is always exciting to get to this step when Scripture is placed in the hands of the people. Please pray that the gospel of Mark would go forth in power and authority and that the hearts of men would respond tatsha-immediately to the Good News!” Here’s how you can help.

Friday
The Long Haul of Translation

As Tim translated the book of Matthew, he was reminded of a time when they were stuck in their truck in the middle of nowhere with the sun soon to set. “I saw no other option but to walk back to the highway in hopes of flagging down a truck to come help us,” Tim wrote. He headed off, his eye on one large hill in the distance that marked where the highway was. “Each step I took seemed to do nothing to the distance between me and that hill. … Yet in my mind I knew that each single step was, in fact, closer to my destiny.” And so it felt with the translation. “The chapters and verses ahead of us seemed no smaller with each verse done, but we knew that each word was one step closer.” Matthew is now translated, but more books follow. Pray for Bible translators, that they would keep their eyes on the end goal.

“Not only am I not a native speaker, I am not a native thinker in this culture, either.”
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Monday
Mengen Translation Nearing Completion

Rebecca Preheim is in Papua New Guinea, getting the New Testament ready for printing. About a week ago, her translation helpers left their homes to begin a four-week stint of translation checking. She said, “We have 2657 verses to get through — Matthew, John, Hebrews and Revelation. Please pray for the three Mengen men, that the Lord would be preparing their hearts for this long and intense month.”

Tuesday
Tepehuan Translation Update

Matt and Starr Arnold ministered in Mexico before transferring to the Missionary Training Center in Missouri. Matt wrote recently, “The Tepehuan translation enters final stages for printing! We were excited to read that Kevin Case submitted the final changes to the printer on the Tepehuan New Testament. It is really exciting to see the Word of God printed and soon to be delivered to the Tepehuan believers. We are so very thankful for the commitment and endurance of Kevin and Wendy, who opened the work with the Tepehuan in 1979. Now, 40 years later, a tremendous work has been accomplished. [They] will stand among the many men and women like William Tyndale who have labored a lifetime so others could have the Word of God in their language. We hope to participate in the New Testament dedication this summer.”  Pray for the final work being done on the translation. Here’s how you can help.

Wednesday
Loron Literacy and Translation Update

Paul and Marina Briggs minister among the Loron of West Africa. Recently, they wrote, “Marina continues to teach literacy classes, which usually start around 6:30 each morning, and go on throughout the day. Progress has been very encouraging, with quite a number of students completing important stages in the program, and some who will soon finish the whole course. The Loron translation team was recently given approval by a translation consultant to print the book of 1 Corinthians. They are excited about that. They have now begun working on 2 Corinthians and Galatians. Donald, the main Loron Bible translator, is currently in Burkina Faso taking a computer course to help him work on Paratext, a very useful Bible translation program.” Pray for the teams working on literacy and translation. Help with both.

Thursday
‘He rested on the seventh day …’

Katie Moore, missionary to the Nahuatl in Mexico, has found that resting is an important “task” that needs to be taken care of. She said, “God designed our bodies to need rest. And I’m not strictly talking about entertainment, either. Playing three hours of Candy Crush or bingeing on Netflix for a whole weekend may or may not be restful. It is certainly different than work and usually distracting, but we are designed to find times where we are quiet and calm and where our souls can reconnect with the One who made us. … God rested. He specifically set aside time for us to rest. … I am learning to find times of rest in my life out here. These moments have to be snatched when the opportunity presents itself, because there is no such thing as a weekend or a holiday or a night off.” Pray for Katie and the team to find rest when they need it. Read more on resting.

Friday
Rejoicing Together About New Bibles

Ken and Kathy Satorius ministered among the Budik people of West Africa, helping to get the New Testament into the Budik language. Kathy wrote, “Recently five of the Budik believers went to a town several hours away to be a part of the Konyagi Bible dedication. Konyagi is a language related to Budik. They met up with some of our mission leadership and rejoiced together that another people group now has the New Testament in their own language. Pray for the missionaries in a Konyagi village in Guinea who will soon be starting Bible teaching for the first time there.”