Posts Tagged ‘literacy’

Africa and back

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Monday, October 27th, 2014

Back from Mozambique and praising God for big steps taken!

The first week in Mozambique was a literacy workshop with the missionaries on the field. We met with each of the church planting teams and made plans for their literacy programs. Next year we will return to help 3 different language groups write literacy courses. How exciting to think of what God might do!

Literacy workshop, learning a step…

2. literacy workshop with missionaries

…then doing it.

then doing it

After the workshop we traveled into a village and had a great time working on literacy materials.

Report from local literacy teachers.

15. local teachers report 4

Literacy class under the mango tree, love it!

19. literacy class under mango tree

The youngest (and cutest!) literacy student.

23. the youngest student

Learning to read and write with a desire for the Scriptures.

27. desire to learn Scriptures

So now we are back from Africa and getting ready for the next things, including a workshop for literacy consultants in Colombia and return trips to Mozambique and the Philippines. How we appreciate your prayers for wisdom and clarity in communications with consultants and church planting teams working in all these different language groups.

Philippine halo-halo (or “mix-mix”)

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Saturday, June 21st, 2014


halo-halo (or "mix-mix") a popular Filipino dessert

halo-halo (or "mix-mix") a popular Filipino dessert

We are back from the Philippines and thanking God for all He did! We found the Philippines full of new and interesting things! One of these is a common Filipino dessert called halo-halo (or “mix-mix”). It’s made of layers of boiled garbanzo beans, kidney beans, shredded coconut, sugar palm fruit, caramelized plantains, sweet potato, shaved ice, gelled seaweed of various colors, cheese, rice, tapioca, more shaved ice, topped with purple yam and ice cream with evaporated milk and a sprinkling of corn flakes on top. Quite the “mix-mix!”

But such a fitting picture of the Filipino culture and languages…a sweet, interesting and beautiful mix! We thank God that He threw us into the “mix-mix” and pray for continued wisdom and open doors to train church leaders and missionaries so that the people of the Philippines will be able to read and love the Word of God in their own languages.


Where to next?

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014


Where in the world?

Where in the world?

Lots of travels already this year and we are preparing for the next trip. Let’s see how you know your world facts and if you can discern where we are going in a few weeks… (more…)

Literacy Course in England

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014


North Cotes Literacy Class of 2014

North Cotes Literacy Class of 2014

We are back from a wonderful time at the missionary training center in England. It was so special to see young people from all over Europe preparing for missionary service. We enjoyed every minute of the literacy course and took in some history and sites in London. For pictures, click on the photo tab above and go to the 3rd album, “our last trip.”

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. (more…)

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…)