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September prayer letter (see at the end why I’m going to discontinue my blog but also how you can still get updates)

Dear Family and Friends,

Our new director encouraged us to read Milton Vincent’s The Gospel Primer, so Oksana and I decided to incorporate it into our family devotions. Vincent gives us many reasons to rehearse the gospel daily to ourselves, one of which is how it cures distrust of God by reminding me of His sacrifice of His Son’s life for me. What a powerful and precious truth!

SLOW BUT STEADY IN EURASIA

We are thankful for the safety God gave us on our trip to Ukraine and Eurasia in June and enjoyed spending two weeks in Ukraine with family and friends. My workshop preparations during the first week went smoothly, so thanks for praying.

We covered a few more verses than any previous workshop, but are still moving at about 25% of our optimal speed. The main translator plans to take language courses to improve his skills, so PRAY for this to help significantly with the project. Thank you for praying for us as we guided the translators through some complicated linguistic issues. The discussion ended up being so simple that I wondered why I was concerned–surely, it was because God answered prayers! We do another Eurasia-Ukraine trip in November/December, so PRAY for preparations for that. We also need to renew Oksana’s Ukrainian and international passports during the next two trips, so PRAY for God to guide us regarding how to accomplish that task.

DRIVING TO AND IN SC

We PRAISE God for providing a minivan for us just a week before we headed down to SC. It enabled my mom to travel with us, which really helped my wife, who enrolled in a driver’s training course while we were down there. PRAY as Oksana studies for the permit exam, while also trying to keep up with a busy toddler who doesn’t seem to like sleeping too much!

I am thankful for how well the courses went at BJU. Though it was an extremely busy time before and during the two courses, everything fell into place quite nicely, with three others helping to bear the teaching load. I really enjoyed the teaching experience and the two students, who are both seriously considering joining BI someday–so that goal was certainly accomplished. Plus, I learned much more about Bible translation work and began implementing that into the BI system–so that goal was also met. PRAISE God for how He sustained me during those three weeks because of your prayers! PRAY for BJU as they rework their linguistics program to attract more students.

We also squeezed in a meeting with a new church, and I had the privilege of speaking twice (once to the senior saints) at our former sending church, Mt. Calvary Baptist. In addition, we got to spend an evening together celebrating three years of marriage.

A PROFITABLE SEMINAR

We returned home on a Saturday and began hosting guests for the BI consultant seminar the following Monday, with the seminar beginning on Tuesday. Around 20 of us gathered to collaborate with each other and to learn from an Old Testament expert about Aramaic, textual criticism, theology, translation problems, and Bible software programs. PRAISE God for His blessings on the seminar!

I’ve begun looking ahead to the Haitian Creole OT workshop at the office in late September. PRAY for my preparations and for good progress on the project. We will represent BI at BJU’s missions conference in early October, so PRAY for safety as we travel down again and for God’s blessing on recruiting. We also have a two-day trip to Cleveland in early September.

Because of security concerns in certain countries, I will need to discontinue my blog. I will send out “feature” emails between prayer letters (no more than one per quarter) and “weekly” emails that give a few requests. If you would like to receive either of these, please send me an email at doctor_troy05@yahoo.com and indicate “feature” and/or “weekly” in the subject line.

For the sake of Christ,

Troy (for the three of us)

 

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