a new year with new opportunities

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This new year is filled with wonderful opportunities to continue serving alongside some wonderful servants of the Lord to see God’s Word have access into the languages in all the corners of the world.

Here’s a quick look at the current plans for 2017:

  • England to the missionary candidate training center. We will also have trainers from W. Africa joining as they prepare to begin literacy training in Senegal in French later this year.
  • quick trip to N. Ireland to visit some friends, just for ...
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Thailand & Canada

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Thanks so much for praying with us and all the encouraging words as we made the long trip to Africa and the Philippines! We are so thankful for the 8 teams that we were able to work with and the literacy materials that were written for these languages.
primer covers for a language in the Philippines comparing the progression of farming to learning to read

primer covers for a language in the Philippines comparing the progression of farming to learning to read

We are now getting ready for our next trips to Thailand and then Canada. The meetings in ...

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four more…

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presenting the first primer

presenting the first primer

4 more weeks & 4 more languages!

Greetings from the Philippines. We are more than half done with our around-the-world trip and praising God for His faithfulness every step of the way.

We spent a month in Senegal where we held a literacy workshop for the field and then worked with 3 languages, writing literacy curriculum so that people would be able to learn to read the Bible translated into their languages. One of these languages was that particularly ...

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around the world in 68 days!

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Jerry & Joyce

Jerry & Joyce

All the preparations are coming to an end and it’s about time to embark on our long trip. We will be working in 3 countries (Senegal, Burkina Faso and the Philippines) on 8 languages. And the route takes us completely around the world! But what excites our hearts and motivates us is that God will use this time so that many, many people will be able to learn to read His Word in their own languages.

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Welcoming new granddaughter

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Baby Bella

We wanted to let you know that she’s here! Isabella Marie Collins was born on May 28. She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 18 ¾ inches long. We praise God with Joey & Connie for this little miracle. Bella is our eighth grandchild, but it just never gets old! We can’t get enough time holding our newest little love and kissing those tiny fingers!

If you are interested in pictures of us with Bella, click on the Photo ...

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access to God’s Written Word

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Serving at training centers in Colombia & England where God is preparing dedicated & talented young people for ministries all around the world

God is preparing dedicated & talented young people for ministries all around the world

Putting on the miles…

Since our last letter we’ve put on a few more miles to Colombia and England, worked with a team from Papua New Guinea on a revision of their literacy program, and lead some annual meetings with the team that translates church planting resources into Spanish. Life is full and we thank God for each day that we can walk together with Him.

What’s next?

These next ...

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a new year and new travels

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training future literacy workers

training future literacy workers

Are you ready to join us through prayer on the adventures of a new year? Next week we begin our travels with a trip to Colombia where we will be helping one more time with the literacy course in the training center for missionary candidates. Over the last few years we’ve been training Martha who is now ready to lead the training. We will be there this last time to give input and encouragement.

The missionary training centers ...

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20 and counting…

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20 flags

How many countries?

Recently we were asked how many countries we have traveled to and ministered in. So we had to stop and count. It has been 20 countries. And by God’s grace, may there be many, many more in the years ahead! We are so thankful that this has not been a journey that we’ve had to walk alone. Thank you for partnering with us each step of the way! As opportunities and responsibilities increase, we need your partnership now ...

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Literacy Primer Production Improvements

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literacy computer program

literacy computer program

Thanks so much for your prayers while we were in Bolivia at the missionary candidate center.  How we appreciate these young people preparing for missionary service! There were students from Chile, Argentina and of course, Bolivia.

So what do we do when we are not collecting stamps in our passports? Office work! Now, office work may not sound as exciting as traveling around the world, but it prepares us and the resources so that we can serve the missionary ...

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off and running again…to Africa!

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Ladies with Babies Carrying Baskets on HeadsWe are about ready to head to Mozambique. As we did recently in Colombia, we’ll begin by equipping a group of people arriving from several countries in Africa so that they will be able to help their fields with literacy. Then teams from 3 language groups in Mozambique join us with speakers from their villages and we’ll put it all into practice as we write literacy materials in these languages.

What an opportunity to see God’s Word impact people in Mozambique! ...

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