The Collins Family
* Minority languages like Mam, Quechua, Cherokee, Navajo, among many others, are easily overlooked when resources are divvied up for outreach, Bible study, virtual meetings, and radio programs. Pray particularly that funds could be raised locally.
* Pray also that God would give insight and wisdom to those trying to get the Word out to local communities in the midst of the pandemic.
* Praise: My ankle is pretty good. It’s hard to tell which ankle it was that has the scar. My recovery has been good. I’m back on the bike, and Nan and I have taken some good walks with no swelling.
Greetings from North Carolina. I rode my bike yesterday, which shows not only we had pretty good weather, but my ankle is doing well post-surgery. I am walking without a limp.
A number of the Collins’ most recent students are now missionaries in rural Venezuela. Venezuela is a country in upheaval and, of course, the poor are the most affected. On top of the nation’s mismanagement and hyperinflation lurks the pandemic.
*Pray for the churches. Pray that the outreach to the needy would be multi-layered and effective.
*Pray for God’s mercy on this once wealthy nation.
Praise God that Wes’s ankle replacement surgery was successful. There is another month of physical therapy involved, but the cast and the boot are gone and leisurely walking is prescribed. Pray for continued healing.
Here’s our Retrospect for 2020.
Wes and Nancy Collins
*Pray for the people of Guatemala and Honduras who are dealing with the loss of homes and crops in the recent hurricanes. The winds last only hours, but the aftermath and loss affect people and communities for a long time. May God have mercy.
*Wes had his first PT session. His ankle is coming along well. It has been 7 weeks since surgery. He is starting to feel that he could reach his goal—hiking with Nancy with no pain. Pray for perseverance in physical therapy and for continued good healing for Wes' ankle.
*Pray for Christmas season virtual programs among the Mam people and among minority groups and others around the world who have been thrust into the digital age. A year ago, “Who’d a thunk it?" The Scriptures in the “heart language" are new for many people groups. Pray that Christmas is a great time of encouragement.
*Praise God Wes is three weeks out from his surgery and feeling pretty well. Just a little aching, and minimal aspirin for pain. Swelling is down and he is sleeping well. Pray for contiued healing for Wes' ankle.
* Pray for Byron and Samuel who are heading up the Old Testament read-through. They head up a team of seven. May God help them to catch errors and to continue with love, joy, and clarity.
* Thank God that Wes' ankle surgery went well. Please pray that he will heal without complications.
* Pray for Wes who is having ankle replacement surgery on October 28. Pray that he will heal well and quickly.
* Pray also for his sister-in-law, Regina, who has bladder cancer.
* Wes continues to work on his book about the history of Mam writing. Pray that this document will encourage the people to respect and delve into the meaning, fluidity, and comfort of reading the Scriptures in their native language.
Pray for Byron, a man of many talents and deep faith. His radio program is considered “essential service” in his home town and outlying areas. He has been a fount of information about the coronavirus and about news throughout the area while providing daily Scripture reading and comments.
He says his voice is about shot and his doctor has asked him to take it easy. Pray for a good solution. People depend on him for news and Christin encouragement. The radio program is funded by the local Mam churches and friends.
*Literacy classes and Old Testament editing are moving full steam ahead in hope of completing the publication of the Central Mam Bible this year. Workers are still in lockdown but learning rapidly.