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  • Collins Family February 2018 Prayer Requests

    1. Pray for CILTA students preparing to start class in March. They have details to tend to regarding studying outside of their home countries (passports and visas), leaving jobs and family, nailing down their finances, and taking a few introductory courses to get ready for a year in Lima studying linguistics with the goal of serving Christ cross-culturally. Pray for them in the midst of these concerns.

    2. We’re very grateful to God for His faithfulness to our three adult children (and their children). May they continue to consider Him in all of life's decisions.

  • Collins 2017 in Retrospect

    Dear friends,

    Greetings to all. Here is our year-in-review update.

    Blessings to all.

    Wes, and for Nancy

  • Collins Family January 2018 Prayer Requests

    1. Wycliffe is putting together a series of talks for Wes and Nancy to present the work of Bible translation to college students. Pray that young people would consider getting involved in translation through going, supporting and praying.

    2. CILTA students will converge on Lima, Peru in mid-March. Pray for them even now as they work out details to be gone from home for a year of linguistics training aimed at learning to engage minority languages and cultures.

  • Collins Family December 2017 Prayer Requests

    1. CILTA students graduate on December 13. Pray for them as they seek assignments from their churches and mission agencies. They hope and plan to be involved in Bible translation and community development aimed at promoting the Scriptures among the cultures that speak the non-dominant languages of the world. Pray that they serve the Lord effectively and that they would be well supported and prayed for.

    2. Nancy and Wes plan to visit their middle daughter, Amalia, and her husband and their two daughters this Christmas. Pray for the church’s missionary families. May the advent of Jesus be both a family and church celebration.

  • Collins Family November 2017 Prayer Requests

    Pray for Byron. He is extremely active as a Mam pastor, literacy promoter and writer of Mam books; plus he has a weekly radio program and helps on the translation of the Mam Old Testament. He has good people with him, but leadership often falls to him. Pray for his health, his family, his Spirit, his strength, his vision and his motivation. Pray that he can attract some disciples to help share the load and the ministry.

    Wes

  • Collins Family October 2017 Prayer Requests

    1. The last week of the course I am teaching in Peru will be taught online from North Carolina, using some kind of face-time software. The course ends October 9. This is a first for me, and it may have repercussions for taking training far beyond the traditional classroom I presently have six students studying to be Bible translators.

    2. After eight years of exclusively teaching latinos and gringos, SIL is sponsoring a linguistics introductory course for South American Indians who are working as Bible translators and literacy promotores. Dates are still flexible, but we’re starting to work on budget and curriculum. Pray that we give students what they need for translating into their own language.

  • Collins Family September 2017 Update

    Download the Collins September 2017 Update with photos here.

    Dear Friends,

    Greetings from Lima, Peru. Nancy isn’t with me this trip. She and her sisters have been helping her mom, who just went through cancer surgery. She’s doing well. She starts 28 days of chemo on the 18th. She’s 89 and pretty spry.

    I’m teaching a course called Discourse Analysis, which is a new course for us here at CILTA. In linguistics, discourse studies have to do with how to create and understand well formed arguments, stories, sermons, discussions, and any other conglomeration of words meant to communicate with others, be they listeners or readers—or even signers.

    In Bible translation, this is complicated by the presence of at least three languages and their subsequent rules for good discourse. First there is our own language and the way we put things together in ordered fashion. Then there is the discourse structure of the original—either Greek or Hebrew. Then there is the “receiving culture,” those who receive and read the discourse. If you are interested in pursuing this, look at chapters 13 and 17 of Acts, where the Apostle Paul takes local culture and discourse and argument structure into consideration as he writes to two different audiences, Hebrew and Greek.

  • Collins Family September 2017 Prayer Requests

    1. CILTA second semester has just gotten started. Students have a heavy load of classes. Pray for their motivation and understanding. Students come frm Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Venezuela, Costa Rica and the US (engaged to an Argentine).

    2. Several students and class assistants are from Venezuela. They are heartbroken and deeply concerned about the situation in their home county. Yet the Venezuelan church continues to train and send young people into the field as Bible translators and cross-cultural workers. Pray for peace and rescue for their country.

  • 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.