Greetings! La Unión es la Fuerza is a national motto for Bolivia. It means unity of strength. We have been waiting for this opportunity for Bolivia deaf Bible translation project after 2 long years, we are finally going to Bolivia. We will go to La Paz on Saturday (September 18th). La Paz is highest capital city in the world at 12,000 feet. There will be 3 of us going to Bolivia and please pray for us to arrive there safely and deal with high altitude. We will have about 20 people including 7 deaf translators, 3 interpreters, etc. I’m looking forward to train them to translate God’s Word with their sign language. I will update more later. Thank you!
Greetings! I’m happy to report that I got home last Friday (July 30th) after 3 weeks in Congo (DRC). It’s been a fantastic mission. There were 2 sign language groups (French and Swahili) – 24 deaf translators in all. Both groups have made good progress of translation work. They are motivated to continue to work on Bible translation after this workshop. I’m blessed to know brothers and sisters in Christ in DRC. Pray for them to continue their work of Bible translation and increase their understanding & knowledge of God’s Word. May God bless them abundantly!
Pray continually for deaf people to understand God’s Word through their sign language. Also, for deaf people who are in need for Bible translation for other countries. Thank you for your support and prayers! God bless you all!
Greetings to all! This is a moment I have been waiting for a long time. After contacting with leaders in DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) for over 2 years, we finally have a chance to have a DOT (Deaf Owned Translation) workshop in DRC. We suppose to have a workshop in DRC last year but COVID came up. We had a workshop set up last month but volcanic eruptions happened. And finally we will start DOT workshop on July 12! This is very challenging time with COVID rising in Africa. I will have 4 members on my team to help out in the workshop. All 4 members are from 4 different countries in Africa. Please pray for us so we all can arrive there in DRC safely without any COVID or other issues come up. Thank you very much for your support! I will update when I can. Blessings!
Hello all, I just post a video about raising support. I still haven’t meet my goal of full monthly amount. This video has subtitles for hearing people. See a video below. If you’re interested to support me whether one-time or monthly, please contact me for information. Also, you can donate it to my ministry account online. Link – DONATE
Greetings! I’m happy to report that workshop in Sierra Leone is completed for 2 weeks. Last time I went on mission was March 2020. It’s so nice to get back on mission field after being on sidelines at home so long. As for workshop, it’s been a challenge for deaf translators. Most of them are struggling to understand the passages due to lack of education for deaf people in Sierra Leone but we all encouraged them and helped them to understand the passages. They have completed few chapters of Book of Mark. Pray for them to continue their project of translation in Sierra Leone.
We taught them to translate God’s Word into Sierra Leonean sign language.
The filming studio is setting up. The deaf pastor is translating God’s Word on filming.
We preached God’s Word at their deaf church. We shared and encouraged them. 5 deaf people were saved!
We gave them certificates for doing their good work for Bible translation.
My next mission will be in Democratic Republic of Congo on June. Please pray for this workshop will go well especially traveling and planning. Thank you very much for your support! God bless you!
Greetings to all! I have great news! I will go to Sierra Leone located in west Africa for Bible translation workshop on April 3rd for 2 weeks. It’s been a while since I went on a mission that was a year ago (March 2020). Last time I went was in Namibia that I had to leave a workshop early due to COVID outbreak. Needless to say, I’m really excited for this trip. I’m very thankful to God for this opportunity and looking forward to see deaf people there in Sierra Leone. Obviously, it’s little more than a normal trip like I did so many times in the past, but I have to take a COVID testing before leaving here. Pray for me to receive a negative testing result and protect me on the trip (3 flights to Africa).
I would like to thank everyone who supports me. I have grown spiritually a lot for a past year. COVID taught me some lessons about not taking anything for granted, that things do change constantly, that we connect with people in a lot of new different ways, and that God is very much in control. I pray and read Bible more often than before. It’s been amazing! Trust God that He will protect and provide your needs. Thank you again for your support!
God bless you all!
Greetings! I just want to say thank you for your support especially this year. It’s been an interesting year. A lot of plans were dropped or postponed especially missions. This year I managed to get enough monthly support so I became a full-time coordinator at Wycliffe Associates even though it was difficult to get financial support during COVID-19. The plans for 2021 are not official but there are good possibility that I may have several countries line up for Bible translation workshop. This is my prayer request that God will open doors for me to have opportunities for missions in 2021 to help deaf people. Hopefully, more deaf people in the world would know about Jesus Christ.
I’m looking forward to what God plans for me next year! May God bless you with a joy, loving and peaceful celebration this Christmas and all throughout the 2021!
Last time I wrote a blog/newsletter was on May 26th. There aren’t a lot of activities since then because of coronavirus, we couldn’t travel anywhere outside of US. But I have been keeping in touch with leaders in Africa. In some sign language groups in Africa, they are continuing to translate books of New Testament despite coronavirus. I have been impressed with their enthusiasm and work ethic. They are making sure they are safe from coronavirus by wearing masks and social distancing in workshops. Some other groups are on hold due to restrictions by their governments.
There is a good possibility that 4 sign language groups will complete New Testament by end of this year. 2 sign language groups in Cameroon (Anglophone and Francophone) and 2 sign language groups in India (Tamil and Malayalam). There are few countries in the world that has multiple sign languages. I’m really exciting for them to complete New Testament!
I have some prayer requests…
- Pray for sign language groups are continuing to translate this year. Protect them from coronavirus and enemy. Wisdom and guidance to help them translate God’s Word into their sign language.
- Pray for DOT to continue to keep in touch with leaders from countries and outreach to sign languages groups that doesn’t have their sign languages in Bible yet.
- Pray for other countries to open doors for us so we, Americans, can travel internationally. We can start workshops with deaf translators in their countries.
I’m doing well. I’m taking MTI (Multicultural Theological Institute) online classes this fall. It’s my fourth and last year to complete. Really looking forward to learn more about God’s Word! Since coronavirus started to spreading in America last March, I spend a lot more quality time with God and His Word than ever. I’m much more spiritual than ever!
It’s been little difficult to raise financial support with coronavirus going on especially with churches. Now that more churches are opening for services (in person), I’m going to start to reach out to local churches. Pray for opportunities for churches to support me financially.
Thank you very much for your continued support!
Greetings! Since I arrived home from Namibia last March, my part-time job was on hold and I had to stay at home for a while. I have spent more time with God (praying, reading, worshipping) every morning than ever before. I have been doing a lot of housework such as painting my mailbox, external lights, fixing a hole on ceiling in my garage, pressure washed on my driveway, etc. I was able to keep myself busy. I also have been keeping in touch with leaders that we have trained in Africa. They are continuing to translate despite coronavirus still around. Pray for them for wisdom, guidance, protection to continue their work.
While I’m at home, I took some opportunities to raise support. While it’s difficult to ask churches to support because they are using their funds to help those who are in need and some of them are closed for a while, I was focusing on people who may be willing to support me. At the beginning of this year, I was at about 25% and now I managed to get new supporters recently, up to 67% right now. With 67% I have so far and enough money in my ministry account, Wycliffe Associates and I have decided to have a full-time job at Wycliffe Associates, starting on June 1st! Praise the Lord! I still have to raise support until I reach 100%. Pray for me to reach that goal this year!
As for missions, I do not have any workshops scheduled yet. Hopefully, God will give us opportunities to go out and train new deaf translators soon. We have plenty of new contacts from Africa for potential workshops in near future.
Thank you very much for supporting me especially during pandemic! Please continue pray for me. Blessings!
Greetings! I wanted to let you know that I arrived home safely last Thursday (March 19th). I’m also happy to report that Namibia event was a success! My colleagues (Peter and Niko) and I were travelled to Namibia and arrived there on March 7th. With all COV-19 going on, there was very minimal risk in Africa. Back then, Namibia didn’t have any case of COV-19. So we started a workshop with 7 deaf translators. They made some good progress. A week later, COV-19 was spreading so rapidly that Namibia just had 2 cases of COV-19. The president of Namibia decided to ban travel to some countries. One of countries is Qatar which was part of my travel itinerary. So I looked for other flights and found a flight to South Africa. But the problem is South Africa just made announcement that they ban countries included USA that have high-risk of COV-19 starting on Wednesday. So my director and I decided that I should go home before it’s too late. So I left Namibia on Tuesday. It’s very surreal. My colleagues were staying because they’re Africans (they live in Zambia and Swaziland). We figured their flights would be okay. My colleagues did a great job to finish a workshop. Despite their flight cancellations, both of my colleagues have arrived home safely.
I posted some pictures at workshop below. I hope you enjoy it!
The workshop was held at deaf center in Windhoek, Namibia. Iceland donated to build this center few years ago. It’s really nice.
They were doing Bible translation work and practicing verses in their sign language.
They did a final filming and editing videos. Niko did a great job to train them for tech work. Deaf translators have completed 7 chapters of book of Mark.
Pictures with my colleagues and group of translators
My colleagues and I were staying at beautiful Roof of Africa. Their hospitality was wonderful. The food was fantastic.
Thank you very much for your support and prayers! I don’t know when will my next trip. It may take a while before I go on next mission. Keep praying! God bless you all!