Posts Tagged ‘read’

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
Eudelina

Eudelina

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…)

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…)

to b or not to v

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Friday, October 19th, 2012

choosing the first 3 letters to use in stories

Joyce has returned from her time in Asia-Pacific with a full heart. Over and over it was obvious that God was leading, encouraging, giving health, wisdom and protection each step of the way. (And thanks for asking… I survived as a bachelor, although we have no plans of being separated again in the near future!) (more…)

back from Panama, Guinea ahead!

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

The trip to Panama went so well! We were accompanied by a team from our church here in FL and their work saved us a whole month! A heartfelt thank you to each of you who went, putting up with the heat and inconveniences with us! A highlight of the trip for us was the visit into a Kuna village where there is a group of brand new believers. What joy to see such hunger and excitement for the Word. (more…)

interesting projects

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Monday, May 21st, 2012

 

topical index in Kuna

topical index in Kuna

After our normal work on correspondence from missionaries and literacy consultants, we’ve also been working on a couple of very interesting projects. One of Jerry’s projects was formatting a book for Bible translators in Portuguese and getting it ready for printing. The book uses many ancient Greek and Russian examples, so it’s been tedious getting the right fonts in the right place.

And Joyce has been working on the topical index to be included in the Kuna Old Testament. (more…)

at the printers

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
Jerry deciding on cover style

Jerry deciding on cover style

Great, great news! The Kuna literacy program has been turned in to the printers and work has begun on the printing, laminating and binding of students’ books, flashcards, homework assignments, writing practice, tests, attendance sheets, teachers’ daily lesson plans…!

Thank you for your prayers while we were in Panama. We watched God do wonderful things: (more…)