Seal Bay, Comox
We’ve had a busy month visiting Victoria and the lower mainland, and as some of you know we’ve reached 83% of our funding! That means we’re still on track for being funded by the end of May and preparing to leave soon afterwards, God-willing. We’re thankful for new church partnerships, new people who’ve caught our vision, and current partners who’ve even increased their giving.
We’d like to share a few snapshots from our meetings this month:
We drove down to Victoria early one Wednesday morning (a three-hour drive) to meet with the pastor of a church we’re connected with. As soon as we pulled into the parking lot, Hazel puked all over herself (for the first time in her life) and looked at us in a sad, silent plea for help. Cue Caitlin carrying a dripping baby at arm’s length into the church while I frantically wiped down the van and followed. Nice to meet you, we’re the Windsor family.
Luckily, the church’s leadership team was wonderfully casual, and the pastor calmly led us to a fully stocked nursery complete with sink and change table. “Oh man, I hate the pukes,” he empathized. Hazel cheered up pretty quickly, and it was a great icebreaker to a solid meeting.
Last week I met a man in Chilliwack who works for Outreach Canada helping churches in the Fraser Valley reach out to their indigenous neighbours. His own church has been developing a relationship with a local Sto:lo community. The chief there isn’t a Christian, but he was immediately excited at the opportunity to work toward reconciliation with a church on a grass-roots level. He was clearly moved when the church invited him to come share with them during a service. So far, the church and reserve communities have camped out and shared meals together, worked together on a garden project, and organized youth weekends together. These things have grown naturally from church leaders listening carefully to understand how they can connect in a helpful way and on a meaningful level. What a good example of loving our neighbours!
Last month we shared a meal with a former Wycliffe family in Prince George who decided to partner with us. Afterward, the husband emailed me to give a little more insight into their decision. He wrote “I must admit that there are times when First Nations issues in Canada frustrate me, and one of the reasons that I wanted to meet with you is that I need to pray for things like your ministry, so that God can soften my heart.” Wow. His example reminds me of the scripture, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mt 6:21). Our heart learns to care about the things we invest in with our time, resources and prayers. His example of humility is rewarding for us as we continue to see God using this ministry to change people’s hearts even here in BC.
The Next Translation Workshop
As April approaches we’re also preparing for the next indigenous translation workshop in Guelph. We’ll spend a few days in/near Simcoe at Bill & Norma Jean’s with the Oji-Cree translators while they continue revising their drafts with a translation consultant. Then we’ll head to Guelph where we’ll help run classes for translators from several language groups. Translators will be joining us from the Naskapi First Nation, Kingfisher Lake First Nation, and the Cree Nation of Mistissini to learn from each other and go through an intense week of classes. I’ll be teaching a session about translation as (one type of) re-telling (you can read about last year’s workshop here).
Topics will include:
A series on Bible Translation Basics
Orality, Literacy and the Bible
Methods for Community Language Development
Translation Project Management
Chronological Bible Story-telling
Pray …that the translators and other participants will be able to come without obstacles, and that their families will be safe during their absence. Many of them make sacrifices to come to this workshop each year.
The Naskapi Nation: Silas, Tshiuetin, Amanda, Kabimbetas, Ruby, George, Isaac, Seasi
Kingfisher Lake First Nation: Ruth, Zipporah, Jesse, Theresa, Saloma
The Mistissini Cree Nation: Juliette, Mary-Jane Pray for the teaching staff from Wycliffe and the Canadian Bible Society as they prepare for an intense week:
Bill & Norma Jean – Workshop Coordinators (Wycliffe)
Matthew & Caitlin Windsor – new Bible translation facilitators (Wycliffe)
Alice & Martin Reed – new Bible translation facilitators (Wycliffe)
Terri Scruggs – Administrator (Wycliffe)
Meg Billingsley – Translation consultant-in-training (Wycliffe)
Catherine Aldred-Shull – Translation Officer-in-training (Canadian Bible Society)
Myles Leitch – Director of Scripture Translation (Canadian Bible Society)
Ruth Heeg – Translation consultant mentor (Wycliffe)
Steve Kempf – International translation consultant (SIL)
Jeff Green – Instructor in Linguistics (CanIL)
Rod & Liesel Bartlett – Bible translation facilitators (Wycliffe)
Matt, Caitlin & Hazel