The Bean Family

The Bean Family

Mark and Patti Bean are members of Wycliffe Bible Translators working among Quechua speakers in the Andes mountains of central Peru.

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  • Beans'Talk April 2017

    Download the April 2017 Beans'Talk with photos here.

    A warm FATTY greeting!

    I grinned as the first three men showed up for the workshop and greeted me. First, I was happy to see them again. That was reason enough to smile. Another reason for smiling was thinking how their greeting translates into English. What is really a wonderful compliment in Quechua literally sounds like: “You’re so fat!” What they mean by that is: “Hey, you look good! You look nice and healthy!” It was good to be together again.


    All of the goals for the workshop were met, including reviewing questions that had come up regarding key terms, handling the 270 outstanding issues Mark had for them, looking at both the thematic and names indices, checking a few new glossary entries, and going over additions to the introduction to the Bibles. We praise God for keeping the team alert, healthy and actively involved. Thank you for praying for all of us during that time.

  • Bean Family March 2017 Prayer Requests

    * Pray for Mark as he continues with the myriad big and little checks as a necessary part of getting these six Quechua Bibles ready for publication.

    * Praise God for the leaders of 31 churches in the Huamalies area that set aside a Saturday each month to work on their own reading and writing skills with one of the co-translators. Then, they turn around and practice the same lessons with their congregations. Pray for more readers for God's word.

  • Beans'talk March 2017

    Download the March 2017 Beans'talk with photos here.

    A treasure hunt!

    Between our annual conference and heading up to the mountains, we spent a Sunday looking for our old friend Severo and his wife Manuela in the sprawling outskirts of Lima. Years ago, they befriended us in Margos and eventually invited us to live next to them.

    All we had was a map Severo drew for us a year and a half ago when we ran into him at a Quechua church convention. The map, not to scale, gave few street names and no numbers. It said to look for an empty lot used for playing soccer with stairs going up the mountainside just behind it.

    We found something that matched that description. We made it to the top of the stairs and asked a woman sweeping in front of her house for Gloria Vega as indicated on the map. She lived just next door! Gloria is Severo’s daughter. Boy was she surprised to open her door and see us standing there!

    We thought her parents must live close by, but it took another car, bus, and moto-taxi to get from her house to her parents’ place. It would have been extremely difficult to try to draw a map of where they lived.

    The hunt was worth it! What a treat to be together again with Severo, Manuela, her mother and two more daughters.

The Bean Family

Mark and Patti Bean

Mark and Patti Bean are members of Wycliffe Bible Translators working among Quechua speakers in the Andes mountains of central Peru.