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100% funded

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Thursday, January 8th, 2015

We have some very exciting news! God provided 100% of the funds that were necessary for the upcoming literacy workshop!!! Thanks to everyone who joined us in prayer and gifts. There is rejoicing all throughout Latin America as everyone who was supposed to be at the workshop will now be able to attend. What a miracle and confirmation from God that He intends to do some very great things!

Meet the team… 

So as we think of the team that is working together on this project, let us introduce you to some fellow team members: the computer team! An international computer team is collaborating to produce a program that is way better than the one we have been using to analyze the language data and help us write literacy books in the different languages. Their ministry through computer programing will set every missionary team working on literacy months ahead in the Lord’s work! We appreciate their dedication and partnership on the team. From the bottom of our hearts, thanks Rand and all!

Heartfelt thanks to Rand and the whole team!

Heartfelt thanks to Rand and the whole team!


a peek at the new program

a peek at the new program

Please pray with us for:

  • Wisdom: before the workshop we will be meeting with the missionary teams working in the different languages there in Colombia. Pray for wisdom to determine where they are in the literacy process and how to best move forward. We desire to leave clear steps for each team.
  • Preparations: then we will have several days to purchase supplies and make sure that everything is ready for the workshop.
  • Literacy Consultant Workshop: There are eleven coming from all over Latin America.
  • Writing primers: missionary teams and local people from two language groups join us to put into practice what we’ve been learning in the consultant workshop. The consultant team from all over Latin America will use the new computer program to help write the literacy course books for these groups. Bible translations and lessons are being worked on in these languages, but very few people can read. So these materials will be the tool that gives the people the first access to the Word of God in their language! How exciting is that???
  • Health, stamina and joyful hearts: for us and all the participants. We will be working long hours, taking the most advantage of the time we have together. We’ll all be staying together in a guesthouse so life will be crazy and full.
  • That God will be glorified in every way during this time.

Investing in God’s Word throughout Latin America

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Guaymi - BibleWe are excited to invite you to partner with us in an important ministry opportunity! In February 2015, a group of literacy consultants and consultants-in-training from all over Latin America will meet together in Colombia for an intense, 3 week literacy workshop. This will sharpen the literacy workers’ skills through hands-on, practical work. It will also help to build personal contacts with the other literacy workers, encouraging and enhancing their ministries in the region. (more…)

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! (more…)

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…)

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…)

literacy training in Bolivia

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Hello from Bolivia! We are about to begin the final week of the literacy course here at the   missionary training center. There are students from Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Peru and it is so exciting to think of the ministries that God is preparing for each of them. We have certainly come to love and appreciate the students and staff here who serve so completely. (more…)