The little blessings

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Sometimes it is the little blessings that remind me that God is in control.

I had several chapters of translation that I needed to check for comprehension with a Nahuatl speaker other than the lady who helped me translate.  So, I asked Bernie to come help me one afternoon.  She is an extremely sharp young woman who has a great memory, an eye for detail, and will tell me straight if something doesn’t sound right or if she doesn’t understand something.

So, ...

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It Only Takes an “H”

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I was working with a translation helper, trying out a phrase for “God looked favorably on ….”.

Glancing at my paper, I rattled off the trail phrase, “In Dios uki kwal in taka.”  “God thought well (of) the man.”

My co-workers and I had gone after this phrase with several helpers, so I was pretty confident that it carried the meaning we were looking for.  My translation helper looked at me kinda funny.  “Uki kwal in taka?” She repeated back in a ...

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Another aspect of ministry

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A while ago, I visited William’s family and watched while he was thinning leather to make a pair of sandals for his son.

Few men know how to make the sandals that the people wear here.  Many buy sandals for $15 US a pair.  When there are many feet to shod, like William’s 11 kids, that adds up to a lot of money!  Sandals only last about 6 months until the leather is so beat up that the sandals are worthless.  ...

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Gotta be creative…

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One of the hard things in this language is keeping straight who said what or who did what.  They have the same pronoun for he/she/it.  And all those have the same verb prefixes for the actor of an action and the object of an action.  It can get a little complicated.

So, as my language helper and I began to work through Jonah, I found she wasn’t understanding me.  I started putting in all the proper names for each action to ...

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Reading Materials

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After hundreds of hours of studying Nahuatl, listening to recordings, analyzing verbs, checking & double checking meanings & spelling, Katie Moore and I recently tested into Level 9 (of 12) in the method that our organization uses to test our fluency.  We tested at Level 9 Low, so we’ll continue to study, and analyze, and listen, etc, but we’re also now embarking on a new phase of ministry.

Katie is trying out her literacy program on her language helper, Andrea, and ...

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the Daily Grind

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Most days, at the stage we’re in, what we do isn’t super “exciting”.  We’re diligently pressing forward through the mundane so that one day soon we can do what we came for – introducing the Nahuatl to the One True God.

We’re required to fill out time sheets to keep track of our days.  It ends up that we get 8+hours of ministry each day, besides our daily living activities.  Daily/weekly, we are:

–studying

–analyzing recorded and then written stories for “out of ...

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New Clothes, Nahuatl Style

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I had been wanting a new Nahuatl outfit for a while, but I wasn’t finding the colors I wanted.  One day, I saw my skirt color in the local store and a shirt material to match it.  I quickly bought it, and put it away for when I’d order my new outfit.

Plans with one lady fell through, so I asked another lady to make my skirt.

My new skirt made by a Nahuatl friend who does beautiful detail work in her ...

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It’s that time of year again

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It’s that time of year again that we look forward to with such anticipation.  It’s RAINY SEASON in Las Moras.  It is a time of abundance, of lots of rain and plenty of water.  Flowers grow, gardens grow, everything becomes green again.

I'm looking forward to planting my garden again and enjoying beautiful flowers and the fresh veggies!

It’s that time of year again when we load up 5 months worth of supplies and head into the mountains planning to be “stuck” ...

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How do you define failure?

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This is a post written by my co-worker, Peter Hypki.  See their blog at www.hypkis.wordpress.com

Sometimes it’s obvious. A grade below 70 on a test is considered a failing grade. A politician is said to fail in his or her bid for office if unelected. But what if you raise funds for, commit to and begin a well drilling project only to find out there are no aquifers within reach of the drilling equipment? What would you call that?

Pete took the ...

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From Katie: Communicating Clearly

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I asked my friend Andrea if she would tell me the story of the first man and the first woman.  (To read the story, click here.)  The tale involves a man who had a dog that could shape-shift into a woman.  The man stayed with the woman-version of the dog, and from the two of them came all the people of the world.

Andrea and Katie making tortillas in Andrea's kitchen

In summing up the story, Andrea said, “And that’s why women ...

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