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Bible Translating in Mexico|
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One of the missionary families White Bluff Chapel supports is that of Kris and Susan Toler and their two children, Kieran and Elyse. This family has been serving in the mountains of southwestern Mexico through the Wycliff Bible Translators mission group. You may recall that Kris and family were recently in the Dallas area seeking a cure for his labored breathing. With that corrected, they returned to the remote area of Mexico. Below are excerpts from Susan’s spring newsletter in which she reports on their recent activities and alludes to their upcoming return to the states for additional training.
This past year, we have seen God bring people together to provide plane tickets, housing, toys and clothes for our kids, and even payment for every single medical bill. Without us even asking, people have sent us supplies and money for food for us to share with people in our community. Thank you, too, for your continued partnership during this upcoming year of training.
Please join us in prayer:
Pray for us that we can stay connected to our friends in the village with limited technology. We can already see how God has begun to work to prepare us all for this temporary separation. We may not be in the village, but God’s work always continues.
Please pray for the oral translation team who will continue to work on translating and recording stories from the Bible into Pame. The team has grown to five members and Kris will travel with them to Oaxaca again in July for the second part of the workshop.
Pray, too, for the literacy work that has started in the community. This picture is a "public service announcement" in Pame encouraging people not to litter.
Catch up on the Tolers’ plans for the upcoming year under “On the Road Again“. In it, Susan describes their plans for a return to the US for a year of additional training.
Open House at Isaiah's Place
Posted July 23, 2015
Guests at the Open House of Isaiah's Place Retreat and Learning Center for the Deaf will have an opportunity to see the Deaf History Center Exhibit and visit about it with IP Board members. The event will be held on Saturday, July 25, at their facility across from the White Bluff entrance, which is located just east of FM 933 at 231 HCR 1207.
Isaiah's Place was given IP Board approval in October 2014 to begin a new project, the Deaf History Center, which began in January of this year. They have obtained videos, stories, and testimonies from many in the deaf community, and still needed are added historical accounts and materials. Additional ideas and input are vital in creating a center that will be beneficial to all deaf, their families, and our communities.
How does a community benefit from a Deaf History Center?
A Deaf History Center has the potential to positively impact the lives of present and future generations of deaf students. As generations learn deaf culture through language, education, history, and experience, they can gain knowledge and understanding about themselves in relation to the community around them. This strong, basic foundation enables deaf people to effectively integrate their cultures. Students become independent, productive, and contributing members of society. (Harvey Jay Corson, Ed. D. 1993 Pre-College Programs, Gallaudet University)
Make Your Prayer Requests Here
Posted July 23, 2015
It is easy to submit your prayer requests here on our White Bluff Chapel website. Just click on the “Contact Us” tab at the top right of your homepage, and then select the “Prayer Request” link on the left sidebar of the “Contact Us” page.
To submit your request, fill out the simple form, specify if you want it to go to all members of the WB Chapel membership or to the staff only (Glenna/pastors). You will be able to indicate if you want to be contacted about the matter and whether you prefer the contact to be via email or phone. Then just click on “submit.”
PSA to the Membership
Posted July 23, 2015
It has come to our leadership's attention that a public service announcement is in order. Some of our WBC members are concerned about the effects that perfumes and after-shave scents can cause in close quarters, especially for those with allergies or undergoing medical treatment. Please be conscious of this concern. Our choir members already observe the practice of minimizing the use of strong cosmetic scents.
Go to the What's Happening page for prior news & events.
On the Road Again
On the Road Again (Between Mexico and USA)!
Posted July 23, 2015
by Missionary Susan Toler
Wait, what? Do you ever feel like you are listening to a broken record when you read the Tolers' updates? We hope not, but our theme of packing up and moving continues. Life in this line of work keeps us on our toes and on the go. Even though it feels like we have just returned from our time in Texas, we are already preparing for our return to the States in August for our year-long stay.
We wanted to share with you all a summary of our plans for this year in the States and ask for your prayers. We are so thankful for you, our prayer and financial partners. You are a true blessing to our ministry and family. We often stand in awe as we watch how God brings people into our lives who have a heart for Bible translation as we do.
Kris will be taking classes towards his Masters of Arts degree in Applied Linguistics with a concentration in Bible translation. He will be taking classes such as Greek, Exegesis, Translation Methods, and more advanced linguistic courses. These courses will help prepare him for our work in scripture translation.
He will also have follow-up appointments with his cardiologist in Dallas to make sure his heart continues to function properly. We are thankful that he continues to feel well.
In the spring, I will take a "mega" course (3 classes in one) on developing and sustaining a literacy program. Literacy plays a very important role in Bible translation. If the people in the community can't read, the written Word will not be utilized. Since moving to the village, I have felt a special call to work in the area of literacy.
As much as Kieran and Elyse love Mexico, they are looking forward to being in one house for an entire school year! Moving around as much as we do is tiring to us all. They will continue to be homeschooled and hope to participate in some extracurricular activities such as ballet and karate. They are also looking forward to reconnecting with their friends they made at church during our last stay in Dallas.
Even though this will be a very busy year for us, we all look forward to renewing our minds, bodies, and spirits. We pray that we can also have a chance to connect with our amazing team of prayer and financial partners and share more about the work God has called us to, here in Mexico.
God Working Through Us
A Counting Blessings Installment
Posted July 23, 2015
by Bill Burris
We all know that God uses people to work His wonders. While we may not relate to being God's instrument, what a blessing it is to be used by Him! When we open our minds and hearts, we can become more aware of His gifts. I have two vivid memories of life-saving events.
In the late 60's a co-worker was having lunch in my office. He suddenly slid to the floor. I was stunned and didn't know what to do. For no known reason at the time, I knelt down and pushed real hard on his stomach. The piece of chicken he was eating came up and he was fine. Jim is a very good Christian man and God had more left for him to do. Evidently, I was God's instrument. Years later, we all heard of the Heimlich maneuver.
In the early 80's I was traveling to work on winter road conditions. I was on a downward slope of the interstate when a car going in the other direction spun out of control and ended up broadside in front of me. I tapped the breaks, but instead of slowing, I started to skid on a line toward the car. I suddenly remembered a move you could make in that situation. I turned the wheel left and hit the brakes, which caused me to slowly slip past the car. I still see the other driver's eyes as he prepared for a direct hit on his door. I'm sure my eyes appeared just as shocked as his!
Looking back, I'm convinced God gave me the ability to think and react at the right moment. I can think back over times when I've been involved in five life-saving events. I'm convinced that God was guiding and using me in each one of them.
Most, if not all, of us can recall an event in our life when something moved us to an action that impacted someone else. I often remember the two situations above and now, with my spiritual growth, I'm more aware of such things happening around me. When God works through us, it impacts someone else in a positive way. I'm sure we all have similar memories. When we thank God for His willingness to use us to help someone else, we can count that as another one of His blessings.
Go to the On the Road Again page to see prior "On the Road Again" articles.
What We've Done
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What We've Done page to see prior "What We've Done" articles.