"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
~Isaiah 6:8 NIV
"He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"
~Micah 6:8 NASB

Monday, August 26, 2013

Bible Translation Statistics

The worldwide status of Bible translation (2012):


...the number of languages spoken in the world today

Under 2,000

...the number of languages without any of the Bible, but with a possible need of a Bible translation to begin

about 209 million

...the number of people who speak the less than 2,000 languages where translation projects have not yet begun

Over 1,500

...the number of translation programs where Wycliffe and its partners are currently at work


...the number of language groups that have access to the New Testament in their heart language


...the number of language groups that have access to the entire Bible in the language they understand best

over 7 billion

...the population of the world

Although Bible translation is progressing at a more rapid rate today than ever before, an overwhelming amount of work has yet to be done.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

8 Months Update

How far along?: 32 weeks
How big is baby?:
Your baby's the size of a squash!
Still growing, your baby weighs in at about 2.5 to 3.8 pounds and measures about 15.2 to 16.7 inches.

Any appointments or updates this week?: We have a regular appointment on Thursday morning. The OBs that we have been working with have been so great.  We are going every 2 weeks now.  I can't believe we only have 8 weeks left until we meet our precious rainbow.  We could not be more excited. 

Best moment last week?: I'm glad to having less anxious days.  I want to enjoy every last moment of the rest of this pregnancy.  Baby has it's lazy days, but it loves to roll around and kicks for Steve.  I love when Steve interacts with and has conversations with the baby.

What I'm looking forward to?: I can't wait to hold our precious baby and find out if it's a boy or a girl.  Our baby is so blessed already to have so many great friends and family that love it.

Just For Fun: A Comparison Picture.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

No Longer a Barrier


By Melissa Chesnut
It was a Friday afternoon. Many of the Krachi villagers—men and women, young and old—were gathered around a tape recorder.

To those who know the Krachi people of Ghana, this would be an unusual scene to observe. As peasant farmers, the Krachi people spend most of their days working in the fields. The days they do not go to the fields are rare: Sundays for the Christians, and special or taboo days that happen once a week. On those days, no one is allowed to work in the fields.

But on this occasion, it was neither a Sunday nor a special or taboo day. The Krachi people had left their fields for something more important—listening to God’s Word.

The tape recorder was playing the Gospel of Mark, an audio version that had recently been completed and distributed among the Krachi people. Setting aside the normal schedule of their daily lives, this group of people had gathered to listen to God’s Word in their language.

As the tape played, a familiar voice was heard. One of their own people had read and voiced the recording of Mark! This was not just some stranger speaking their language for the recording—it was one of them!
Moses Danso was one of the elderly men listening to Mark that afternoon. His life—along with many others—was touched through the use of tape recorders to communicate Scripture.
“I have never been to formal school,” he said. “But I can listen to the Word of God in my own language. Illiteracy can no longer be a barrier to my salvation.”
For those who are unable to read or write their language, these audio recordings are perfect. But many Krachi people are now getting the opportunity to learn how to read and write their own language as well.
Before, the Krachi alphabet had not been developed, so there was no written document for the language. Then, a team from SIL International, Wycliffe’s primary strategic partner, helped develop the Krachi alphabet. The team is now providing literacy programs for the Krachi people while they work on the Krachi New Testament translation and additional audio Scripture recordings. So far, they’ve drafted 90 percent of the New Testament, which will soon be checked by translation consultants!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Expect a Rainbow

Expect a rainbow,
and you'll find it eventually.
Your dreams will come true
as long as you believe they will.

Expect a rainbow--
believe in the impossible,
otherwise you may miss
opportunity when it
knocks on your door.

Expect a rainbow,
and escape to dreams.
If you can touch your dreams
with your eyes shut,
then you can stay focused
on your goal with your eyes open.

Expect a rainbow;
look beyond the storm for
the beauty that follows
the darkness.

Expect a rainbow;
have faith in yourself
above all things.
If you believe in yourself,
then others will believe in
you too.

"Expect a Rainbow," written and designed by Bobette Bryan, 2000