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  • Collins Family December 2016 Prayer Requests

    1. Missionaries often have missionary kids. These are sometimes called “third-culture” kids, because they are different from their parents’ culture as well as from the “ministry’ culture where they live. They are often gifted in many ways, but they can also struggle to understand how they fit. Pray for missionary kids—that they would lean on Jesus, "safe and secure from all alarms.” Thanks much to those who have prayed for the Collins children (now believing adults) and for all Parkside MK’s.

    2. Pray for the success of two projects going on in Guatemala in the Collins’ absence. First is a church-based literacy project where hundreds—especially women— are learning to read Mam, their native language. Second is an Old Testament translation project, which is close to 60% completed. The translation committee includes four indigenous leaders plus Wycliffe consultants who work with the Mam translators via the internet.

  • Collins Family November 2016 Prayer Requests

    1. The Collins’ colleague, Byron, has a Mam-language radio program that is promoting the distribution of 1100 copies of the Mam New Testament tied together with Mam literacy classes. Pray that the churches holding classes would be significantly blessed by people coming to understand the Scriptures in their heart language.

    2. Wes just returned from two months of classes in Lima,Peru, helping to train 17 Latino missionary candidates in linguistic skills needed to engage for the Gospel people from other languages and cultures. Students are in class until mid-December. Pray that they finish well.

  • Collins Family October 2016 Prayer Requests

    1. Lima, Peru. CILTA (International course for linguistics, translation and literacy),students finish up their first block of second-semester courses on October 9. Pray that they finish well and stay motivated for the overall purpose of their training, which is to be equipped to engage people from other cultures with the Gospel.

    2. We are evaluating how to make the training of Latino missionaries more helpful as people graduate from CILTA and go on to field work—language learning, translation, literacy. Pray for Wes as he helps establish a new course to debut early next year.

    Thanks.

    Wes

  • Collins Family September 2016 Update

    Download a PDF of the Collins Family September 2016 Update here.

    Greetings to you from Lima, Peru. I’ve just finished my first week of classes. Nancy didn’t make the trip this time.

    We have 15 students studying at CILTA, a linguistics program open to all comers, but especially geared to those who want to work cross-culturally as Bible translators or literacy workers. We have some teaching assistants as well who are honing heir skills. 2016 marks ten years that Nan and I have been involved with CILTA. We were both here first semester, but I’m on my own for second.

  • Collins Family September 2016 Prayer Requests

    Greetings from Peru.

    Here are a few prayer requests.

    1. Pray for Byron and Samuel as they lead their respective teams of Mam men and women in literacy and Old Testament translation projects. These projects are aimed at providing readers and followers of the Scriptures in their native language. There are approximately a half-million speakers of Mam in Guatemala

    2. Pray for Wes in Lima, Peru teaching Latino missionary candidates who are studying linguistics in order to learn some of the technical aspects needed for engaging people from minority cultures and languages who need the Scriptures in their own language in order to be able to understand the Gospel.

    Thanks,

    Wes

  • Collins Family August 2016 Prayer Requests

    Greetings from North Carolina,

    Here are two requests for August:

    * CILTA students start second semester on August 15 and hit it hard for four more months. Pray for Wes as he teaches a course he hasn’t taught for ten years. May he remember well and be a help to students who are training to be Bible translators and Christian cross-cultural workers.

    * Pray for CILTA students in Lima, Peru as they study linguistics. They recently finished their first semester and have enjoyed a short break before hitting it hard again. May they learn what will be helpful to them for long-term ministry.

    Thanks so much,

    Wes

  • Collins Family July 2016 Prayer Requests

    Pray for wisdom for the Mam Indians as they study the Word and work on Old Testament translation. May they have wisdom to engage the Scriptures in a culturally appropriate and godly way. For example, some cultural things the apostle Paul condoned, while others he condemned.

    May the Mam—and all of us—take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ.

  • Collins Family June 2016 Prayer Requests

    Here are a few prayer requests for June.

    Wes just finished up his first-semester teaching responsibilities and will teach a second-semester class starting in mid-August. It will be a new “prep” for him and he would appreciate prayer for wisdom and thoroughness as he gets ready for this new class.

    Nancy enjoyed being in Peru for part of the semester with Wes. She was an encouragement to students, especially the women, who are looking at missions life and family in very different circumstances—cross-cultural circumstances—than what they are accustomed to.

    Thanks.

    Wes

  • Collins Family May 2016 Prayer Requests

    Pray for Wes’ linguistic students. They are about half-way through their first semester and it is pretty intense. In addition to studies, there are some students with financial concerns and family matters. One couple’s toddler just had cleft palate surgery here in Lima. Pray that the group finds strength in Christ.

    Pray for the Mam Old Testament translators working in Comitancillo, the Collins family’s old stomping grounds. The community is proud that such work is going on in the Mam language. Pray for enthusiasm from the many local churches as well.

  • Collins Family April 2016 Prayer Requests

    Here are a few prayer requests:

    1. We’re very grateful to God that the kids and grandkids are well and learning to trust God. This makes being apart from them a lot more bearable. We certainly don’t take this for granted.

    2. Pray for Wes as the course he was planning to teach in Peru has been changed. Now it’s phonology instead of semantics. Either way, pray that the students learn both academically and spiritually to lean on Christ. Not just students, but professors need this too.