The Bean Family


Mark and Patti serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators, working among Quechua speakers in the Andes mountains of central Peru.

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  • Mark & Patti May 2024 Prayer Requests

    * Thank you for praying for Patti’s trip to Peru last month. It is obvious that the timing of this trip was orchestrated by God. No wonder I got sick in February! A conference had just taken place in a big jungle city that brought many church leaders together in one place. The language group that Patti met with had speakers from both sides of the border, Peru and Brazil. There were way more leaders from that language than she expected to find. Together we had a great conversation about their language, its use, their mission work among themselves and their desire to have all of God’s word available to them.


    * Thank you for praying Mark through the check of Numbers and 2 Corinthians for two different groups. Now, he is working on a consultant check of the book of Deuteronomy. As always, prayer for careful attention to detail is always needed!


    Mark & Patti Bean

  • Mark & Patti April 2024 Prayer Requests

    • Praise for feedback from the many groups we interacted with in Wisconsin that let us know your prayers were answered: people were encouraged and challenged by our presence.


    • Pray for Patti as she returns to Peru to take care of the administrative trip she had to cancel in February due to illness. She was recently asked to visit yet another part of the jungle to meet with some other people. Pray for all the logistics and safety of those travels and meetings. Pray that she will be an encouragement to those she works with.


    • Praise God for meaningful work to do and the health and strength to do it. Pray for attention to detail as Mark checks Scripture. He should be finishing up Numbers for one Quechua language and checking 2 Corinthians for another.

  • Mark & Patti March-April 2024 Beans'talk

    Download the March-April 2024 Beans'talk with photos.


    Is your mouse tied up?

    Ever been really hungry and not had enough to eat? In Hosea 4:10 the prophet says, “They will eat and still be hungry.” Micah 6:14 has the same warning, “You will eat but never have enough.”


    In one Quechua language they imagine hunger pains as a mouse gnawing in the stomach. They have an expression that literally says: You will eat only enough to tie up your mouse. That’s how they say that you will still not be satisfied; it still won’t be enough. A very Quechua way for the prophets to speak!


    New video: start and celebration

    For those of you who couldn't make it to Peru in person for one of our Bible dedications, we now have a video! In August of 2019, Andy & Ruth made the trip, taking along lots of video equipment. After interviewing us on-camera recently, and with lots of help editing, here’s the result: a ten-minute video that captures the beginning of our work up to the Bible celebrations. Enjoy!


    Current work

    Mark is still working through the book of Numbers for one Quechua language. He also has the book of 2 Corinthians waiting for him to check in another Quechua language. Additionally, Mark is also setting up a computer program to be able to adapt scripture for four more Quechua languages. Others have submitted a proposal for the languages to be approved as a new cluster project. Mark is beginning to organize data for that.


The Bean Family

Mark and Patti Bean

Mark and Patti serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators, working among Quechua speakers in the Andes mountains of central Peru.