Posts Tagged ‘reports’

My wife and I are thankful for the safety the Lord gave us during our recent trip to IN and IL. We ended up logging around 800 miles on the trip. We were quite worn out after we got back and needed some extra sleep to recover, but we are glad we went. We got to see pastors from two of our supporting churches, and we spent Sunday morning worshiping with a third, and spending a good part of the afternoon with the pastor and a few others. We also got a ton of free items from Widow’s Jar Ministries, mostly for our growing boy. We are so thankful for that ministry, because they help us save hundreds of dollars. And we need those hundreds too, because we are looking for a second vehicle that will more adequately handle our needs as a family on furlough trips. We hope to get one before our upcoming trip that begins on March 23.

Being at home for an extended period of time has allowed me to get into a regular routine. I’ve been able to spend more time studying Russian, and I’ve been able to keep up with emails better. I only got to 2 of the 64 non-time-sensitive emails so far, but I have hopes that I can deal with more next week. I have difficulty getting the time-sensitive ones below 10 (currently at 14), but as long as I can keep them to a manageable amount, I can work on other things. Soon, I’ll need to prepare sermons and devotionals for our upcoming trip. The original plan was to visit 7 supporting churches in PA and WV, but then it expanded to 9. But now we’re up to 13. It’s going to be a two months packed with ministry opportunities!

I just finished the quarterly report of my department (text production) for the 4th quarter of 2017 (including some activities from January). I noticed that we did 31 translation workshops and 6 literacy/linguistics workshops. That’s a very busy quarter! That also meant that I had to read all the reports for those workshops (not all have been submitted). No wonder I had 100 time-sensitive emails at one time!

As one of my responsibilities as the head consultant, I have to read the latest issue of The Bible Translator. In one article, the author discussed the challenges in translating into Kkmer, the primary language of Cambodia. He explains that there are 16 different second-person pronouns, identifying differences in age, gender, and social status. Greek has only two such pronouns, and they distinguish between singular and plural. Imagine the difficulties, then, that a Khmer translator has when trying to determine which of the 16 pronouns to use for the 2 Greek pronouns. This is particularly challenging when you consider Jesus, the Son of God, who had divine social status, but yet also lived within the realm of human society with its family relationships, government relationships, etc. The author discussed three case studies in John: Jesus and his mother (John 2:4), Jesus and Pilate (John 18:33-36), and Jesus and his apostles (John 15:15). These are the types of things that no commentary gives us guidance on, so we translators are left to work through the issues on our own. Thankfully, though, we have the Holy Spirit to guide us and committed team members to work together with.


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Sometimes it’s so difficult for me to tear myself away from the work to write something on my blog. OK, it’s almost always difficult to do so! I can’t understand missionaries who write lengthy weekly and monthly reports on their work. In at least one case, I’m pretty sure they spend as much time writing about their ministry as they do actually doing the ministry. Maybe it’s just a matter of priorities in most cases, and writing about what I’m doing is not always high on my priority list. But I know some people want to keep up with how things are going, so I try to get an update out once a week, if possible.

I’m still trying to get caught up from being overseas for a month, so that’s part of what keeps me from wanting to write updates. I still have a few more consultant reports to get through, which were submitted at the beginning of the year. These reports chart their personal development last year and project what goals they want for themselves in the upcoming year, so my timely input is important. We have 6 consultants-in-training, so I try to give them intensive input. It’s crucial that they be pointed in the right direction early in their development, so I want to make sure they aren’t missing anything. There are two consultants who look to me for direct guidance, and a third who needs me more and more since his mentor is suffering from cancer. The other 3 consultants have their own mentors, but they still appreciate my input. (Consultants in training also submit quarterly reports, which I work through carefully and give feedback.) I’m also trying to keep up with the development of two adjunct consultants-in-training. Thankfully, we had two others but they graduated a year or so ago.

I also need to read the Professional Development Reports of our consultants who have graduated from the Mentorship Program or who are senior consultants. We have 9 in this category. Most of them are quite good at submitting their reports in a timely way, but some are too busy in ministry to stop and write a report (!). Consequently, I have to spend extra time chasing them down until they submit something. I remember a consultant suggesting that we should go back to the old system of submitting monthly reports. After reflecting for 2 seconds on how much time I spend chasing down reports, I told him an emphatic NO to that idea!

At Bibles International we take professional development very seriously. We want to make sure our new consultants get proper training and experience, which usually means 4-5 years of on-the-job training before they can do independent consulting. And then after they graduate, we expect them to keep developing themselves. There are so many subject areas that touch upon consulting, and so we need to be constantly learning to improve our consulting abilities. In the end, we hope it results in better translations for God’s glory and for man’s good!

On a personal note, Oksana and I are thankful that Calvary Baptist Church in Findlay, OH, and some individuals joined our support team, bringing our support up to 90%. Praise God for His provision!

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