“Drinking from a fire hydrant” was indeed a good description of what our studies of Hebrew and the geography and history of Israel were like. We made some improvement in reading and understanding the Hebrew Bible, and we had good teaching on various aspects that are important in translation. We spent eight full days visiting places that are important in the Bible – usually with at least four different sites in one day! (Yes, we floated in the Dead Sea, but sailing on the Lake of Galilee was lots more fun.) It was exhausting but invaluable, and we loved Israel.
Tom’s mother did well at the assisted living facility, and she really enjoyed visits from her family, including unexpected visits with six of her great-grandchildren. However, yesterday she became dizzy and fell, hitting her head in three places and scraping her arm, so she ended up overnight in the hospital for observation. There was no bleeding in her brain, though. Thank you for your prayers!
Your partners in Bible translation,
Mary and Tom Holman
I’m going to try again - after 8 days - to see if I can send this email. I wrote it but haven’t been able to send it. Hotel internet in Kusadasi, Turkey is terrible. Let’s see if this will send….
A Greeting from Atlanta,
August 16, 2017We leave for Israel in two days, and we’re busy studying and organizing for our trip.We’ve been told that “drinking from a fire hydrant” is a good description of what ourstudies in Israel will be like—too much information to absorb it all! We will need yourprayers! Please also pray that Tom’s mother would do well at the assisted living facility.Several of Tom’s siblings and a grandson will visit her while she’s there.Tom and the S translator are finishing the S Reading and Writing Book (Nigeria). Thankyou for your prayers for that.Your partners in Bible translation,MaryMary and Tom Holman
Tuesday in Kuala Lumpur…..
Greetings from Malaysia, We’re ready to begin our ministry at the 29th Southeast Asian Games. 4,800 athletes are waiting to compete in 38 different sports. I’m here with 8 of our staff from SEA (4 from Thailand and 4 from Singapore). Please pray that God will use the 9 of us to bring Christ into the thoughts - and prayerfully into the lives - of many of these athletes. I sensed the presence of God in my first hours in Myanmar. I landed, went through passport control, then customs and then was standing trying to decide where I would find a taxi to our hotel. A guy came walking up to me, smiling. I vaguely knew his face. He said “Hello, I know you”. I was trying to remember what country in Southeast Asia he might be from - because he didn’t look very Asian. Then he said “I am from Uzbekistan. I met you about 5 years ago”. He’s a key volunteer in our Athletes in Action ministry in that country. He drove me around for a day when I was there for the World Wrestling Championships (the time a couple of my teammates got arrested for distributing Christian DVDs.) Anyway, he comes to Malaysia for 3 months every year, earning money for his family by working for some tourist company. He is returning to Uzbekistan the day we finish our project. He’s an internationally licensed soccer coach and has always wished that God could use him in the world of sport in Malaysia, but never had any contact. One of our staff from Singapore is from Malaysian and is planning to return this year to start AIA here. Just a little thing but still a God orchestrated thing. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will move us to places and people where we can be used by Him in effective ways. I’ll keep you posted on how to pray…..Blessings in Christ,
July 14, 2017
Thank you for praying for our translation work. The Gospel of Luke in the F language (Nigeria) is in the finishing stages. I checked 2 Timothy online with the Waja team (Nigeria). For the Anufo project (Ghana), the consultant has completed the check of Exodus and Leviticus! Continue to pray that Tom and the S translator would finish the S Reading and Writing Book (Nigeria).
We have a big event coming up in August – a one month trip to Israel to study Hebrew and geography. This year we have been studying Hebrew online with four other translation consultants, and we have been given the opportunity to do part of the study at the Jerusalem Center for Bible Translators in Israel. Please pray for good health and safe travel, and that we would be able to keep up with the lessons well. Pray also for Tom’s mom, who will be staying at an assisted living facility.
Thank you for your gifts each month.
May 17, 2017
The Anufo team arrived on Sunday evening, May 7, so we were able to begin checking Monday morning. The checking has gone well – thanks for praying! We’re only halfway through Leviticus, and we leave for Chereponi on Saturday, so we probably won’t finish. Pray that we would be able to help them finish the last few chapters when we get back to the US.
Our hosts here in Tamale are our dear friends, Dan and Dianne Dzokotoe. They have provided food, accommodation, and a place to work for all of us. The temperature is about 100F in the afternoon, but our bedroom is air conditioned! Pray that God would pour out His blessings on Dan and Di!
We’ve already had good visits here in Tamale with some of the young people whose parents were our friends in Chereponi. It makes us so happy to see how God is working in their lives. We’re looking forward to our visit to Chereponi next week.
We thank God for you!