Since I last wrote, I’ve finished up my linguistics studies in Gloucester
(end-of-term happy snap with some of my classmates above).
It was an intense but rewarding time of learning and reflection: not only gaining skills and insights into the technicalities of language analysis, but being encouraged to think carefully and humbly about how we will play our part as ‘cross-cultural servants’ in working alongside minority language communities, supporting them to translate and communicate the Word of God in their mother tongue. Please join me in praying that I will retain and apply well all that I learnt during this season.
Praise God for his abundant generosity! I am now close to meeting my full financial support quota for my first two years on the field, and my prayer support base continues to grow.
Some ‘partnership’ highlights from the last few months included a wonderful afternoon sharing with the BH Women’s Fellowship and being deeply encouraged by their care and prayerfulness for overseas Christian workers; and a morning spent with the small youth group at my local parish church in north London, introducing them to the work of Wycliffe and running a fun activity that gave them a feel for the complexities of translating the Bible between different languages and cultures. I am particularly excited by the opportunity to partner with this church, as they sit a little outside my familiar ‘conservative evangelical’ world and have never directly supported a mission organisation before.
Please pray that the members of this church will always love and submit to God’s truth expressed in Scripture, and be excited to share in the work of bringing his Word to those who have never heard it in their own language.
On February 13th I am due to fly back to Sydney, where I’ll stay until the end of May. Please pray for a blessed and fruitful time of catching up with friends and church family there, and for my continued preparations for the move to Tanzania in July. I look forward to seeing you all at BH again in the summer before my departure
Bishop Hannington Church supports mission all over the world. Through the charitable trust, the James Hannington Memorial Trust, the church gives money and other resources to support gospel work in many different nations.