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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Hey! How does everybody know?
Turning 65 must be a big deal. We can tell by all that comes in our mailbox. First it was Mark who kept receiving massive amounts of junk mail. Now, it’s my turn. All sorts of people know not only when our birthdays are, but also how old we’ll be.
If you haven’t hit this milestone, be forewarned. Everyone wants your attention. The upside: you won’t have to be sad about an empty mailbox! Mark just had his birthday earlier this month. Mine’s coming up in August. I guess that officially makes us senior citizens.
One of Mark’s jobs is checking over the translation work of colleagues. Since our last Beans’Talk, Mark finished checking the book of Acts for another variety of Quechua. He also worked through the book of Colossians along with the book of Mark. Now his consultant hat is hanging on a peg until more books come his way—which could be any day now.
Mark continues to convert Quechua materials so they can be accessible on people’s cell phones. Building apps for cell phones has not been a smooth process, but Mark is thankful for the progress made so far. To date he has posted 16 apps to Google Play Store:
• Three apps with 75 topical Bible studies in each, one app for each of 3 different Quechua groups.
• Three apps with 14 topical Bible studies in each, one app for each of 3 other Quechua groups.
• Five apps with an assortment of resources for Scripture memory, evangelism, basic discipleship, using the helps in the Bible, etc. Each app is for a different Quechua group.
• A course about the Bible, with readings, assignments and final exam. This is also x 5 apps for 5 Quechua groups.
*Mark continues to convert Quechua materials so that they can be accessable on people's cell phones in Peru. Building apps for cell phones has not been a smooth process, but Mark's thankful for the great progress that's been made so far.
*Pray for advertising. Soon Mark will begin investigating how to go about targeting Quechua speakers via Facebook or someone other venue in order to advertise the fact that all these Quechua materials are (or will soon be) available to download for free.
*Pray, too, for Mom Bean. It is hard not being able to visit her in person.
Wish you could go, too
We had a great visit at the amazing Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. We are so thankful for the opportunity we had to enjoy the museum and give a presentation. We were there the end of February before anyone started talking about sheltering in place. We highly recommend a visit. This photo is in their Illuminations room with the collection of Bibles and Bible portions from all around the world. This special display highlights Quechua and shows off the five Quechua Bibles we worked on.
Mark was just days away from leaving for Peru in March when he received a note from there saying it would be best not to come. Whew! Good thing! We would have found ourselves separated on two different continents if he had left. Originally I was going to follow him three weeks later. We’re SO thankful we’re together in the same spot!
Bible dedications on hold
Peru has aggressively locked down their country. Just last week the prime minister announced that public activities like sports events, movies and nightclubs will remain closed even after other areas of life begin to open up. He warned that they may be closed until the end of the calendar year. Big Bible dedications fall into that category. They are on hold.