The Collins Family
Wes and Nancy are members of Wycliffe Bible Translators.
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Nancy and I joined Wycliffe Bible Translators in 1977, two years into our 45-years-and-counting marriage. We studied linguistics and cross-cultural ministry, and then traveled to Guatemala in 1979 when Nancy was 7 months pregnant with Elisa, our firstborn. Eventually Amalia and Isaac joined the family, all three kids born in Guatemala. We lived in a Maya-Mam Indian village for most of the next 19 years, concentrating on learning the Mam language and translating the New Testament into Mam, which was dedicated in 1999.
During our time in Guatemala, Nancy home-schooled the kids, and also established a rural clinic. In 2000 I entered the ivied walls of the Linguistics Department at the Ohio State University. I received my PhD in 2005, and several months later, Nancy and I traveled to Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru, where I taught linguistics and “culture engagement” courses for the next 13 years. During this time, I had over 300 students, mostly Latino, but also Indigenous. The majority of these former students are now involved in cross-cultural ministry, especially Bible translation and literacy, around the world.
*Pray for the Old Testament and literacy projects taking place now among the Mam of Guatemala. May the local church and all readers delight in Christ for the availability of the entire Bible done digitally —later this year. The virus has paid no attention to our plans and goals, but God rules over all and we pray for receptive hearts for the coming Scriptures.
*Wes continues to work on his book about the history of Mam writing. May this document encourage the people to respect and delve into the meaning and fluidity and comfort of reading the Scriptures in their native language.
*Pray for Nancy’s mom. She has broken both hips over the last four months. She’s 91. Pray for godly fellowship in the nursing home in Michigan.
*Pray also for Wes’ sister-in-law, Regina, who has bladder cancer. She lives in Chardon and is looking toward June 11 surgery.