The Bean Family
Mark and Patti Bean are members of Wycliffe Bible Translators working among Quechua speakers in the Andes mountains of central Peru.
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If you would like to know more about joining Mark & Patti Bean at the Bible dedication celebration in Huaraz, Peru August 7th-14th, come to an informational meeting Sunday, May 19 at 12:15pm in room A222.
A light lunch will be provided. The estimated cost is $1000 plus flights.
Tears of joy
Our Quechua colleagues are doing a lot of leg work getting ready for the arrival of the Bibles being printed right now. They take public transportation out to different towns and villages to talk to local pastors and congregations. Then they invite the pastors to a meeting to plan as a group for the dedication of their Bible this summer.
Wilmer wrote that when he spoke in the church at Yanas, at first an older woman, and then the pastor, broke out in tears—crying with joy at the news that the Bible was finally in their own language! Wilmer wrote that their emotion caused him to tear up, too.
Jesus spoke about shepherds saying “The sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” Then he added: “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep and they know me.” John 10:3b,14 (NLT)
Quechua speakers can relate to the verses above. They shepherd their sheep daily. What is different is that instead of leading their sheep as described in the Gospel of John, Quechua speakers drive them from behind as seen in the photo.
But many practices are the same. They watch over and care for their sheep. They even give their sheep names. They say their sheep only respond to the voice of their shepherd. They ignore anyone else calling their name. So, when we translated John 10 (see above), they said, “That’s how it is for us, too!” Oh, don’t you wish we could be so attuned to our Good Shepherd’s voice that we would pay attention only to him!
Answers to your prayers
Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me! Psalm 27:7 (NLT)
That’s exactly what he’s done! Here are just a few examples of his recent mercy in answering your prayers. First of all, we asked you to pray for different churches to come up with dedication dates. We now have some dates!