Dear <<First Name>>,

Thank you so much for taking time to read our news below. We trust you are all coping well with the social isolation and keeping healthy. Our hearts and our prayers go out to all those who have been affected by the coronavirus. We echo Jesus' words in Jn 14.1: "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me."
Barry and Julia

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Life in Lockdown

We are working as usual during lockdown. Julia is very busy doing editing for our training programme. So many of our materials are being translated into other languages for teaching purposes, and Julia has been tasked with ensuring the source documents in English are in good order and up to date.
I (Barry) have been using zoom to attend a virtual conference for 4 days at the end of March. I checked the Roma team’s book of Leviticus, Joel and Amos using skype last week. I am doing all sorts of other admin relating to my new role as Director of consulting services.
We are all keeping well. Tim and Daniel are stuck at home and keeping us busy with lots of catering etc, but on the whole we are having fun. Julia and I go for daily walks, or jogs. I am getting quite fit as a wheelchair “jogger”, going for about 6 kilometers each day.

Please join us in praise for:

  • All the doctors, nurses and medical staff who are bravely working on our behalf to save lives in hospitals and clinics across the world. 
  • We are grateful for our translators and local exegetes who are still able to continue their work at home in our 140 projects.
  • For the internet as we can work with some teams using Skype and translation software like Paratext to continue our consultation efforts. Barry was able to complete checking Leviticus, Joel and Amos with the Roma team in Slovakia this week.
  •  A week long international consultants' conference was supposed to be held in Ireland at the end of March, but had to be cancelled. Thankfully, due to internet software, Barry and all the other 20 delegates from the USA, Europe, Africa and SE Asia were able to attend the conference online in their own homes. 

New local Consultants

TWFTW has always had a passion to train and develop nationals, but this has never been more evident than now in the Coronavirus lockdown. Many countries are closing their borders to foreigners and also not renewing work visas, as happened in SE Asia. Our desire to train national consultants has proven beneficial in East Africa too.

Dr Kamande came to work with Barry Funnell for a second time in Tanzania as we consultant checked Exodus with the Ngoni and Yao teams (see photo below). Dr Kamande has a PhD in Bible translation, and as he comes from Kenya, is fluent in Swahili. After this trip and having orientated him on our method of checking translations of several languages simultaneously, he has now been recognised by TWFTW as an international consultant.  

The three people sitting next to Barry in the photo above are John, Dr Kamande and Raymond. John and Raymond are Tanzanian consultants-in-training and are currenty doing an MA in Bible translation in Kenya. Dr Kamande is one of their lecturers. Dr Kamande and Barry will continue to mentor them, and they will soon be qualified as local consultants. Then they will be able to work independantly in Tanzania. We have 26 projects in Tanzania and are starting work soon in Uganda; both are Swahili speaking countries.

Please pray with us for:

  • Comfort for Daphne and Ken, a board member of TWFTW UK, whose son died recently in the Bedford hospital due to coronavirus.
  • 20 translators and some leaders of TWFTW in SE Asia who were attending a training session have not been allowed to travel home due to the recent social isolation laws. Pray they will soon get home to their families.
  • Regine, our Director of Training, is in Germany caring for her very sick father.
  • Let us pray against the spread of coronavirus, that it will not affect our donors and translators, and that people will turn to Christ during this world crisis.
  • There have been attacks in northern Nigeria and some of our translators had to flee their homes. Pray that they can return safely and continue on their translations.
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