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… a whizz of a tour of global mission at the Meeting House on Loy Hill in Cookstown – otherwise known as 1st Cookstown Presbyterian Church.

On Thursday 24 October…

PCI Transforming Mission 2

PCI Celebration of Global Mission

… the Transforming Mission roadshow hit Cookstown after a successful first night on Tuesday at Assembly Buildings, Belfast.

First up we had the team photograph…

Celebration of Global Mission official team photograph

Celebration of Global Mission official team photograph

… followed by local minister Isaac Thompson’s gracious welcome to everyone – possibly ever so slightly embarrassing a veteran Mission Africa missionary who arrived as we were starting.

There were a number of double acts on the bill:

Uel and Cheryl: coordinated the programme beautifully, introducing and praying – and Uel reprised his excellent WISE SSAs comment from GA2013

Elizabeth and Sandra: took us on a trip to Transylvania, which as everyone knows is in Romania, but where lots of people speak Hungarian.

Rob and Karen: with Moderatorial poise and a well choreographed reference to Strictly Come Dancing, gave an excellent account of their trip to Rwanda and set us all up nicely for the upcoming World Development Appeal 2013 Let Justice Flow: Transforming Lives

The first solo spot was from Stephen from the Samburu Awareness and Action Programme in Kenya: Stephen mixed humour with pathos, Chinese roads with mud bound trucks, sensitivity with taboo subjects – and earned much respect for 25 years service in remote rural Kenya

Finally, if not chronologically so, John (that’s me) reliably informed the audience that Elvis was alive and well and translating the Bible in the Central African Republic; quoted from Nelson Mandela and Pastor Modibale; and showed the Wycliffe and Vision 2025 video

I’m looking forward to the next one!

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On Saturday 12 October 2013, the Oku people of NW Cameroon celebrated the New Testament in their heart language.

Over many years, churches and individuals in N. Ireland have supported this project prayerfully and financially. At Wycliffe:Live on Wednesday 16 October, we praised God with the Oku people for His Word now available in their heart language.

Retired Wycliffe colleague Bob Duff is a member of one of those supporting churches. He and Alan, another member of the same church, were at the celebration and they sent us some photos.

The crowds gather for the celebration

The crowds gather for the celebration

Church leaders prepare to dedicate the New Testament

Church leaders prepare to dedicate the New Testament

Dedicatinfg the Oku New Testament

Dedicating the Oku New Testament
The Oku New Testament

The Oku New Testament

Today Bob Duff called into the Wycliffe office in Belfast and gave us a copy of the Oku New Testament. I’m taking it with me this evening to use it in my presentation in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland Celebration of Global Mission event in 1st Cookstown Presbyterian Church.

PCI Transforming Mission

Another language group now has God’s Word in the heart language.

Hopefully we will have more to say about this event and more pictures.

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Oku Language Society office

Oku Language Society office | February 2009

The Oku people of NW Cameroon celebrated the New Testament in their heart language last Saturday.

Photos coming very soon…

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Photos like these bring happy memories…

The Great Glen Way

The Great Glen Way October 2008

… walking the Great Glen from Fortwilliam to Inverness by myself at the start of a sabbatical.

St Cuthbert’s Way marker July 2013

St Cuthbert’s Way marker July 2013

… walking St Cuthbert’s Way (this section coincided with Dere Street, the Roman road) this summer with my wife!

Here’s another way marker…

The Way

It is the image from SU WordLive Bible reading John 14:1-14. .

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:6.7

In the middle of a day’s walking, whether alone or with company, it is always a comfort to spot the way marker and know that you are on the right track. Nowadays we can find our way on long walks with GPS. In the SU comments this morning Sue Rinaldi says…

Jesus was a ‘sat nav’ for his followers, providing them with the only viable route to reach their preferred destination – his Father’s house. Aware of their obvious concerns, Jesus assures them it’s going to be OK. Even though he’s going away, he won’t abandon them, and encourages them to trust him.

John’s message of encouragement and confidence in Jesus is just one of the messages that everyone needs to hear in the language of their hearts. Yet speakers of 1,967 languages still don’t have that opportunity.

During our years in Ivory Coast, we had a rather battered vehicle which had a message of good news on the rear window sticker. I wish I had a photo of our old Renault Douze to show you…

Jésus dit: je suis le chemin, la véritié et la vie

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Kindle NOB

On Wednesday 21 March 2012, hundreds of tee shirts proclaimed in the Kouya language that the Word of God is living and powerful. Kouya Christians and their neighbours gathered for the dedication of the Kouya New Testament which had been delayed during a decade of civil unrest and violence in the Ivory Coast.

Philip Saunders presented a copy of the Kouya New Testament to the chief of Dema village. That photo now adorns the front cover of the new edition of No Ordinary Book, the story of the Kouya New Testament.

No Ordinary Book, revised and updated to include the dedication, has just become available on Kindle

It was a privilege to live alongside the Kouya Project for 8 years in Ivory Coast.

It was a privilege to become friends with Kouya Christians including the translators.

It was a privilege to be asked to write the foreword for No Ordinary Book.

It was a privilege to have been at the dedication of the Kouya New Testament in March 2012.

It is a privilege now to recommend that you upload this great story to your Kindle!

If you want to see a few of the many photos that I took at the dedication, you can see them in my Facebook photo album

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Today is the first anniversary of the Kouya New Testament dedication on 21 March 2012. Well worth re-posting this 29 March 2012 blog!

Hebrews 4:12 proclaims that the Word of God is living and powerful!

Last Wednesday morning hundreds of tee shirts proclaimed the same message in the Kouya language as people gathered for the dedication of the Kouya New Testament which has been delayed during a decade of civil unrest and violence in the Ivory Coast.

The Kouya dedication tee shirt

It was a privilege, a pleasure and very humbling to be there and share with Wycliffe colleagues and Kouya friends that we had not see for nearly 15 years.

I’m still working through my reactions to the event, but it was a truly Kouya event! White faces were a very small minority. The programme had been prepared and was led by Kouya Christian pastors and leaders. A crowd of around 500 sat for hours under shelters erected in a square behind Dema village church, praised God in song and dance and speech and the reading and hearing of -Lagɔwɛlɩ in the Kouya language.

When my thoughts are more focussed, I will write some more, but below are a few of the many photos that I took. You can see more in my Facebook photo album

One of the church singing groups

Dema chief welcomes everyone

Pastor Bai Emile speaking

The Kouya New Testaments arrive

Marguerite, Sue Arthur and Philip Saunders

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Two Week Stint

Wycliffe Bible Translators UK are recruiting for a two week holiday with a difference!

Two Week Stint will run from Saturday 27th July to Saturday 10th August 2013, near Valence in the south of France.

Participants will join a group from across Europe as Wycliffe Bible Translators UK and ATB France* host a bilingual, cross-cultural and productive holiday, with plenty of opportunity for time spent with God and some adventure thrown in too!

In the mornings, participants will have a chance to worship, draw closer to God and reflect on his mission to the world – and join one of three tracks: creative, linguistic and teaching / literacy

For more details on Two Week Stint and to register go to www.wycliffe.org.uk/twoweekstint

* L’Association Traduire la Bible

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