Posts Tagged ‘literacy’

Literacy & Mission Conference in North Cotes, England

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
taking in some history in York

taking in some history in York

We are having a great time at the literacy course here at the missionary training center. Students from all over Europe are preparing for ministries all around the world. We have come to love and appreciate each of them and the staff who serve the Lord so completely. This next week the literacy students are writing several pages of a primer and then will practice teaching their flashcards, blackboard exercises, and writing practice exercises they develop. It’s a very practical way to pull together everything we’ve been learning and excite everyone what God will do through their literacy ministries. We appreciate your prayers!

We are also excited that we will be here for the REACH conference, March 28 – 30. About 250 people from Italy, Holland, Germany, Norway, and England will descend on the campus for a weekend of mission challenge. Looking forward to opportunities to share God’s faithfulness and His heart for the world!

literacy class of Colombia

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Monday, March 3rd, 2014
literacy class of Colombia, 2014

literacy class of Colombia, 2014

Thank you so much for your prayers for our trip to Colombia. We enjoyed every minute of our time there and it wasn’t just about the great Colombian coffee, arepas, and ajiaco (although they did make it extra nice)!

The majority of our time was spent at the missionary training center. We worked with the literacy trainers, taking the students through the steps necessary for motivating, producing and teaching literacy in church planting ministries. Then the students practiced by teaching part of a literacy lesson they developed. It was such a blessing to see all these young people so in love with the Lord, preparing for church planting ministries in Colombia!

For pictures check out the photo tab and go to album #3, our last trip.

Kuna literacy update

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
first literacy graduation

first literacy graduation

The results of the first 9 months using the newly revised literacy program have been very encouraging. Students of all ages have completed the 5 book series and are now reading in Kuna! There are Kuna Grandmas who had given up hope on ever being able to read God’s Word who are now reading and encouraging others. By the end of December there will be 132 graduates of 570 students! The testimonies at the conference of how well the literacy classes have gone are motivating many other villages to make Kuna literacy a priority in preparation for the coming of the whole Kuna Bible (distribution projected for August, 2014).

Testimony of literacy student

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013


Meet Eudelina. She is a lively, beautiful Kuna lady who shared the following testimony and prayer request at the conference in Panama, “I am a pastor’s wife and also a literacy student! For many years I have come to these conferences. I love to hear God’s Word and grow in Him. But as I watched the other ladies who can read, I just couldn’t figure out how the marks on the paper made any sense. The other ladies would talk excitedly about chapters and verses, but I just couldn’t see it.

Then last February literacy classes began in our village. I was the first in line to get my name on the list of students! It was my time to learn reading because I so badly want to read God’s Word for myself and my children. So I began from zero, you understand? The last 9 months I have been working through the first three primers. I am not really a fast learner, but I can now see the words. I really am reading! And as we read the Bible verses, I can see (read) many of the words. Please pray that I will keep working hard and that by next year I will see all the words in God’s Book!”

standing side-by-side

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

We are so thankful for those fellow servants of Christ who stand side-by-side with us for the Gospel’s sake! Our next trip is to Canada to help with the literacy training given to missionary candidates. It is always such a joy to meet the young people preparing to serve the Lord all around the world. And then we have the privilege of re-connecting with them on the mission fields as they begin their literacy ministries!

We also have been working on many resources for literacy consultants and church planters. One project is a computer program that will be a tremendous help in the analysis of the language data for writing primers. We’ve worked with computer programmers, linguists, and even a group of computer science college students who are collaborating on the project. Please pray for wisdom and all the details involved in these resources.

And it’s time to gear up for Panama and the Kuna leadership conference in November. Our time with the Kuna pastors and their wives is always a highlight of the year for us! The ladies of our church here in FL have sewn over 60 cute little dresses to share with our Kuna friends – and they are still sewing! The dresses will be a hug from our church to their churches! (more…)

Dear Missiona-ries

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Thursday, September 12th, 2013

The variety of our work is perfect for someone like me who doesn’t like to do the same thing day after day! Joyce and I just returned from a quick trip to IL to thank financial partners and to visit with family. One of the special things that we were able to do was speak in a Christian school. This third grader deserves an A, don’t you think? He summed up well what we do and the reason we do it!

We are happily keeping busy with projects that range from the literacy training that new missionaries receive, training literacy consultants on the fields, evaluating literacy programs, and developing resources to be used in all the above areas. (more…)

preparing for literacy ministries

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

We are back home from Bolivia remembering great times with new friends and all the fun with Ryan, Pam and the grandkids. Please keep Pam in your prayers as she recuperates from dengue fever. They return to the States on July 15, so these next weeks are full of packing, cleaning and good-byes.

Pam arranged a couple of trips for us to see the beautiful Bolivian scenery and take in some real history! Our favorite was El Fuerte (The Fort) in Samaipata where pre-Incan cultures carved figures unto the huge rock that covers the top of a mountain. (more…)

keeping those suitcases free of dust…

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Yep, it’s time to get out our suitcases again. We are preparing for an important trip to Bolivia. We leave the end of this month for Bolivia. One project we’ve been working on is to update the literacy training that missionary candidates receive and then to train the trainers. This trip to Bolivia is a part of that process. (more…)

happy iguana month

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Thursday, February 21st, 2013

iguanaA very happy “Iguana Month” to you! That is February in Kuna-land. This month the Kuna literacy teaching teams in Panama are beginning their classes.

Recently we received word from Hernan, the Kuna brother who is coordinating the literacy effort that he has been training literacy teachers from several more Kuna communities who didn’t participate in the workshop last November. (more…)

Literacy training in Panama

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
practice teaching the literacy class

practice teaching the literacy class

Last year at this time we were looking ahead to the Kuna literacy training as a huge step of faith with a whole lot of work needing to be accomplished. Here we are looking back on the pictures of the literacy training held in Panama a few weeks ago, thanking God for His provision and wisdom! Many of you were part of the team through your prayers and gifts toward the project.

More than 110 people from 42 different Kuna villages or churches attended the literacy training. The joy and energy was fueled by their enthusiasm for teaching people to read in preparation for the whole Bible in Kuna! Who can’t get hyped to think that soon the Kuna people will be able to read the Psalms, Proverbs, and all those beloved Old Testament stories? (more…)