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During our recent trip to Peru we got to help celebrate Bible Day! Hundreds of believers, young and old, formed up in the street to march through town carrying signs, flags, banners, and…Bibles! This year, the parade ended up at the main town square where they held an outdoor meeting. They have the Spanish Bible, and they hope to soon have the Bible in their Quechua as well. Mark was on the program to give them a taste of what’s coming. He read Old and New Testament passages in Quechua about God’s Word.
No Bible left behind
We’re back in the U.S. now from our three-plus weeks in Peru, where we helped the six teams begin checking the proofs of their respective Bibles. They prefer to work together rather than each guy reading alone. By drawing up a schedule, everyone’s on the “same page,” reading through the same material. Working that way, they sometimes help each other with things they find. That way, no Bible is “left behind.”
A concert in Germany
Last week, on the 13th, there was a benefit concert in Germany for the Quechua Bibles we’re shepherding to completion. “How’s that?” you ask.
Well actually, it was a concert our dear friend and colleague Angelika Marsch orchestrated as a gift to her church. It was a way to celebrate 30 years to the day her church commissioned her, and they have faithfully supported her ever since. After serving alongside us in Peru to help Quechua speakers learn to read in their language, she returned to Germany, where she served fourteen years as the director for Wycliffe Bible Translators there. She’s now in a new role.
A musician herself, Angelika once had the joy of producing a CD of Quechua-German songs along with Siegfried Fietz, one of the top Christian composers of German praise music. For the celebration at her church last week, she invited Siegfried along with his son to come put on a concert. With Siegfried’s music and the Quechua songs, the concert was a success. Part-way through the concert they did a video interview with Mark via Skype, introducing the project to the concertgoers. The church leaders had suggested that an offering be collected on behalf of these six Bibles. Then, the following Sunday, when Angelika spoke in her church, a second offering was taken.
That’s a STACK of pages!
This is a copy of one Quechua Bible. It weighs in at 1,984 pages, which is actually less pages than my English Bible. It’s probably what your Bible would look like, too, if you were to print it out yourself with regular paper. It looks pretty daunting, don’t you think? Four of the six Bibles have their preliminary layout done and the other two are in process.
Moving down the checklist
Once we have the inital layout in hand, the next step is for them to be "proofed" and signed off by a native speaker. If the above stack of pages looks daunting to us, we imagine that it will also be daunting to our Quechua co-workers. Be in prayer for each of them as they tackle this important job.
* Praise that five of the six Bibles have been turned over for layout. Praise that three of those Bibles now have preliminary proofs. And praise that the team working by Skype with Mark to finish the sixth Bible is making good progress. Pray for each of these Bibles as they pass through different stages on their way to publication.
* We are thankful for excellent medical care here. Pray that the series of treatments Mark is undergoing will effectively knock down his lymphoma enabling him to continue working unhindered for many more years.
A big-deal milestone!
Mark just turned over control of five of the six Bibles to Kathy, the layout specialist assigned to these Bibles. This is a major milestone and a bit unnerving at the same time. From here on out, if Marks wants to make an edit, he has to ask her to make the change. There is always something to tweak and improve in a translation, but, at some point we have to turn this in. So, we’ve done it! It’s turned in. Kathy will have work and questions for Mark, but now she’s the one taking the lead in order to prepare the Bibles for publishing.
Meanwhile, Mark is working by Internet with speakers representing the sixth Bible. Our coworkers who work in promotion and distribution in that area want to give more input into the text. Mark is glad that they are voicing their desires and concerns while there is still time.
Another month goes whizzing by. The years go whizzing by, too. Inside this month's Beans'talk is a photo from 40 years ago. Seems a bit impossible!
Keep reading to see what sorts of things we've started collecting.
This month Mark will go down to Peru and be back up again before the next Beans'talk comes out. The trip is not primarily for translation. Check out the prayer requests.
Thank you for sticking with us as we steadily press on to finish.
Mark & Patti Bean
This letter contains BIG NEWS. For most of you this will be new NEWS about a decision that's been in process for a long time now. For those of you who got a sneak peak, read the second page to see what happened after we made the decision.
Lots happening. Lots to do. We're so thankful for your encouragement along the way.
Mark & Patti
PS: This is the first time in nine years we've had a front row seat as spring amazingly takes over the winter landscape and pops out all over!
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.
* 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.
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.