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  • Collins Family August 2017 Prayer Requests

    1. Pray for the (Guatemalan) Mam Old Testament project underway via a team of people in Guatemala and in the US. It is one of 8 projects taking place presently in Guatemala among speakers of languages that have had their New Testaments available to them for more than a generation. May they soon have the words of the prophets and the literary masterpieces of the wisdom literature. It’s a long and complex project.

    2. CILTA students will start their second semester studies on August 14. Pray for them to get a good start and keep their faith and motivation high, and that they have a refreshing 3-week break between semesters. Many will be traveling. CILTA training takes place in Lima, Peru and is for Latino young people planning to do Bible translation in the Americas and around the world.

  • Collins Family August 2017 Prayer Requests

    1. Pray for the (Guatemalan) Mam Old Testament project underway via a team of people in Guatemala and in the US. It is one of 8 projects taking place presently in Guatemala among speakers of languages that have had their New Testaments available to them for more than a generation. May they soon have the words of the prophets and the literary masterpieces of the wisdom literature. It’s a long and complex project.

    2. CILTA students will start their second semester studies on August 14. Pray for them to get a good start and keep their faith and motivation high, and that they have a refreshing 3-week break between semesters. Many will be traveling. CILTA training takes place in Lima, Peru and is for Latino young people planning to do Bible translation in the Americas and around the world.

  • Collins Family July 2017 Prayer Requests

    * Wes is teaching a course on semantics, the study of linguistic meaning. He has students from Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica, Venezuela, and the US. Pray that the students can see the end from the beginning and understand how their studies will equip them for future ministry in Bible translation.

    * The Collins’ Mam colleague in Guatemala, Byron, has received some threats of violence for not supporting and participating in the local town fiesta. May God honor his and area churches’ decision to stand for righteousness.

  • Collins Family June 2017 Prayer Requests

    Wes has begun teaching at CILTA, a program for training native Spanish-speaking missionary candidates for cross-cultural ministry. Pray for good chemistry among students and professors, and that students would embrace their studies.

    Our friend Byron in Guatemala planned a Literacy Olympics, which was very successful in the community in providing a high profile for reading Mam in general and reading Scripture in particular. Pray that this increases the number of Mam literates, and that the Scriptures would be a daily choice as far as reading Mam goes.

  • Collins Family May 2017 Update

    Download the Collins May 2017 Update with photos here.

    Dear and good friends,

    Greetings to you from springy North Carolina. Nancy and I have been busy since we last touched base with you. Our biggest news is that our bundle of grandchildren has grown to six with the birth of Jolene Joy Collins to Isaac and Elizabeth. She was born on April 21 and weighed in at 8 pounds even and 20 1/2 inches long. Among the details is that she sports her Grandpa Collins’ hair. Elizabeth and JoJo are both fine.

     

    Our other big event was a trip that Nancy and I took back to Guatemala, and to the village where we worked, and where the kids grew up.

  • Collins Family May 2017 Prayer Requests

    Here are a few prayer requests for us:

    1. Our youngest child (and only son), Isaac, and his wife Elizabeth gave birth to Jolene Joy on April 21. Please pray for “JoJo,” their first child, and that health and joy would abound. They are also in the middle of selling their home and moving to a new one. Missionary kids like to stay busy.

    2. Wes is headed back to Peru on May 25 to help train Latino missionary candidates in skills related to Bible translation and linguistics. This block of classes will last two months.Pray for Wes and the students as they all learn new things.

  • Collins Family April 2017 Prayer Requests

    1. CILTA students began linguistics classes in mid-March. Clases will continue until almost Christmas. It is quite a slog for both students and profs. May God give our ten students vision and success as they train for cross-cultural ministry.

    2. Praise the Lord that there is funding and local leadership for the Old Testament translation project among the Central Mam, the same Mam language variant where Wes and Nancy worked on the New Testament. Pray for good progress and a real understanding of the heart of Scripture as the team works together.

  • Collins Family March 2017 Prayer Requests

    1. From the 24-28 of March there will be a “Literacy Olympics” in Comitancillo, where Mam young people and children will compete in their Bible reading and memorizing skills, along with lots of Bible drama and music. They will also learn how to download the Mam New Testament to their smart phones. Indeed, the times, they are a changin’. Pray for strong participation and that the Mam would be encouraged in the value and beauty of their language. Wes and Nancy hope to participate as well.

  • Collins Family February 2017 Prayer Requests

    Here are a few prayer requests for February.

    1. Wes and Nancy will be visiting several college campuses in early February to talk to students about remaining needs for Bible translation ministry around the world. Pray that the Lord of the harvest would call and send workers into His work.

  • Collins 2016 in Retrospect

    Download the Collins 2016 in Retrospect here.

    Dear Friends,

    Here’s a look at what we’ve been up to.

    May 2017 be filled with pleasant surprises and special blessings from God.

    Best,

    Wes and Nancy