Things to pray about
Pray for clear minds, sharp eyes and ears, and soft hearts as the team does final checking on John 4-21 in 10 languages. As they progress through the book, I am following them chapter by chapter, helping the Aorp, Malol and Sissano translators address the opportunities for improvement found in the checking process.
Pray for Emil Ninkure and me as we revise Ephesians 3, which new Arop translator Vianney Pirora drafted and Emil revised. We are finding Ephesians very challenging.
Pray that our ornery printers would work properly as the team tries to print 1-3 John and Jude in several more languages.
Pray for our partners Willem and Esther as they help with the printing and scripture use activities with the translators.
Pray for Bonnie and me as we continue to regain strength after bouts with Covid. We had most of the common symptoms, but not too bad. We never had to take any special meds or visit a clinic. A nurse told us we had the "Cliff's Notes" version of Covid.
We're recovering, but we are weary and have many responsibilities that require our attention. Pray for strength, peace and wisdom!
Pray for me as I handle my duties as trustee of my mom's trust. The clerical phase is over. Now we're in the diplomacy phase. My goal is to get through this event with my integrity, my testimony and my relationships with all of my relatives intact.
Thank you again for being part of the team. We are very conscious of our need for your prayers.
Serving our King together,
John Nystrom (& for Bonnie)
P.S. Imagine never having heard any of these verses in your language:
Jesus answered, “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full."
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.”
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
"And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever."
. . . The Word became flesh . . . abide in me . . . For God so loved the world . . . You must be born again . . .
I could go on and on. These are precious words, now becoming available to people who have never heard them in their own language. Rejoice with us in this!