John is back in Brazil, in his element, as I can see in this picture. The Chibi team is working on the book of Acts as part of a training workshop John is running with a consultant-in-training. The team has had to work secretly, as the majority of their fellow gypsies are not believers and do not want outsiders to know their language. But John shared this with me the other day:
“One of the Chibi translators talked about how humble he feels being the one that God has given the task of doing this translation. The other translator talked about how they used to be criticized and even got death threats for what they were doing, but with the publication of Luke the people are seeing that they are translating Scripture and they agree that that is a good thing. The threats have stopped.”
Thanks for praying for all of them this week. John will be back on June 25th.
On the home front, we had a wonderful cross-country trip in March/April, attending a family wedding in California, seeing family and many of you, and visiting Hannah in Oklahoma. We celebrated her one year “clean” together as a family!
A few weeks ago, I tripped and fell during our taekwondo class (“age-defying health!”) and broke my left wrist in multiple places. I had surgery on it the day before Derek and I were scheduled to fly to New England to visit Landmark College in Putney, Vermont and our dear friends at College Church in Massachusetts. The college looks like a perfect fit for Derek, and he’s excited about moving forward into this next chapter. Another breakthrough.
My cast and stitches were removed yesterday, and I am appreciating how quickly healing has taken place. Michael has graduated from Pre-K and is looking forward to entering kindergarten at Union Day School, a fairly new charter school. Life feels more and more normal and peaceful all the time. Once again, thank you for praying for us – we found out during these trips how many of you lift us up regularly and intensively in prayer. You are our heroes.
May the Lord give you joy this summer, in whatever form that comes. We are so thankful for you.