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Dear <<First Name>>,

We certainly are living in a fast changing world. The Bible warns us of wars and rumours of wars in the last days, and the increase of natural disasters and pestilence. Jesus said in John 9.4 that we must keep working while we can, because night is coming, when no one can work. This really motivates us to speed up the work of Bible translation and finish the task. Thanks for your prayers in this regard.
God bless, Barry Funnell
 

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New UK Director

We are pleased to let you know that Steven Lancaster will be starting on the 27th of September as the TWFTW UK CEO. After graduating from All Nations Bible College, Steve and his wife, Ruth, joined AIM (Africa Inland Mission). Steve served as an AIM area coordinator for 8 years in the South of England, in the role of Church engagement. He and Ruth then went to Morogoro, Tanzania. Steve learned Swahili and did Bible teaching and training of pastors for 7 years. He also served as a team leader for AIM. 
 
Our UK chairman, Paul Quinlan, has known Steve for over 15 years, and after approaching Steve about working with TWFTW UK, he has felt led to join us. Steve is an excellent speaker/Bible teacher, and has had lots of experience in Church/public relations. If you would like Steve to speak at your church in the UK, please email him at admin-uk@twftw.org.
 
We are grateful as a board for Daniel Davies' voluntary work as CEO for the past several years, and are grateful that Daniel will be staying on as a member of the UK Board. We would ask you to pray for Steve as he begins his work late September. COVID travel rules permitting, Steve and I, will be attending the EMT meeting in SA in September.

Training in Sudan

Twenty students from 11 languages were trained from the 6th of April to the 6th of May this year. Thirteen students were from existing TWFTW projects and 7 were from new languages. The training was conducted in Arabic and English and the subjects were Morphology, Syntax, Literacy and Textual Criticism.

Helping to meet translation needs in Sudan

Please join us in praise:

  • Our work is continuing to progress (even in Myanmar where we have 3 books ready for consultant checking, half of Acts has been checked online, and checking of Psalms and Mark is planned for September).
  • We rejoice that many of the recently published New Testaments in South Asia (in sixteen languages) have now reached the local communities and are being launched. There is great excitement. Three language groups also recently received NTs in Ethiopia. One Ethiopian woman said, "I have never been happier than I am today. I hear as if God is speaking directly from heaven.."
  • We were able to conduct our first online training event (July 1-17) for Introduction to Oral Bible Translation in V**m and L*otion. (Changed for security).
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Nigeria

The work on our 20 projects in Nigeria is going well and our national director, Israel, is also a translation consultant. He has checked up to 5 languages simultaneously, but is now embarking on doing 10 languages at a time to save time and resources.

There are five teams in the fairly remote area of the Northwest. These teams were invited to participate with the teams checking the book of Matthew, but due to reports of road blocks and the kidnapping of people, the teams could not travel to the checking. At the last minute Israel was able to invite another 4 teams from a safer region in Nigeria to join in the checking, so he had 9 teams altogether. See the photo below of the checking session with the 9 teams.
Consultant check of Matthew in 9 languages in Nigeria
Online consultant checking is going ahead in Myanmar despite all the chaos. The book of Acts is currently being checked as I write in one of the languages. Psalms is scheduled to be checked from the 23rd of August to mid-September with another team but we have just had reports that there is heavy artillery firing in the town where the translators are based and a church building there has also been looted. God willing, the checking will be able to go ahead. 
Also planned for September is the checking of Mark in two languages. 
The all too familiar zoom screen being used for online checking in Myanmar.

Please pray with us:

  • Please pray for the teams in Myanmar who are bravely continuing their work in spite of the military take over.  A church was recently looted in one of our team's towns. Please pray for the safety of our translators and all Christians.
  • Pray for our translation teams in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, who are also are experiencing so much chaos.
  • Please pray for the translators in Sudan (3 ongoing projects plus new translators recently trained). There is a deep desire for peace, security and stability and people are still hoping that the regime change that took place in 2019 will be an opportunity for the Church to flourish and the Kingdom of God to expand in the country after such long period of persecution and suffering. However, the
    economic situation is worsening with the inflation rate rising and there is instability from time to time.
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