October 2011

October 31, 2011:
Dear Friends,

The past month seemed like a whirlwind of meetings and projects for me, with too many balls in the air at the same time.  Krista and I are blessed by your partnership in our ministry.  I know we could not serve the Lord out of our own strength, so we appreciate your prayers!

One of the responsibilities that I share with my fellow department leaders is to be a liaison between the IT department and dignitaries from other parts of our organization when they visit our center.  Last month I shared about doing an IT presentation for Chinese government officials and meeting with the Chaplain of the Korean Air Force.

This month my co-director, Craig Whaley, and I met with the new Director, Mr. Efi Tembon, of the Cameroon Association for Bible Translation and Literacy (CABTAL).  A photo of Craig and I with Mr. Tembon and Bill Mayes, Africa Area Services Coordinator, is shown at the right. (Order of people from left: me, Mr. Tembon, Bill Mayes, Craig Whaley.)

CABTAL is the partner mission organization in Cameroon which is conducting the majority of new translation projects.  SIL is working in Cameroon in a supportive role alongside CABTAL.  (SIL is Wycliffe’s field-focused organization traditionally involved with translation and language development.)  When our family visited Cameroon in 2004, the wireless communication system I helped set up served not only SIL but also CABTAL.  That system is still in use today as their primary connection through SIL to the Internet.

Mr. Tembon was able to share with us about the technology challenges he and his African colleagues face in Cameroon.  Hearing this first-hand knowledge is very helpful, and we were able to also share some suggestions with Mr. Tembon for future technology decisions that he will be involved with making for CABTAL.  We took Mr. Tembon on a tour of our department and described the various services that we provide.  Often our coworkers in other countries don’t know about all of the services available, so this gives them helpful knowledge for future reference.

This was just one of many meetings that took place throughout the month, to help further Bible translation.  It was encouraging to meet with Mr. Tembon and hear about the great strides that are being made in his country to spread the Gospel.  We are blessed to be a part of this work by providing technology solutions for those on the front lines.  You are a part of the work as well through your partnership!

In December I will be attending a week of leadership training in the Dallas, TX area.  Over the past few years I have participated in a number of Wycliffe-sponsored training programs to help strengthen my skills in servant leadership.  Our organization is intentionally developing leaders to carry forward the work as we strive to accomplish Vision 2025 with God’s enabling.  This training has been very helpful to me personally, and hopefully also a blessing to the staff that I currently manage!  The reason I bring this up now is that before the December training session occurs, I have three books to read.  With my normal work responsibilities it will be difficult to squeeze in time for this reading, so I would appreciate your prayers for my time management.

I am glad to report that things are well on the home front.  Last month I asked for prayer for Krista’s energy level related to her part time job, and she is managing very well.  Please continue to pray that we would have consistent financial support.  Our October paycheck was about $1,200 short, but we received a special one-time gift from a friend during the month which should help make up the need for November.  Thank you so much for praying!

Striving to serve faithfully,
Hank & Krista