We are native Oregonians from Grants Pass. We are retired after ministering since 1978 in Africa as members of Wycliffe Bible Translators. We have lived in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Kenya. But we have ministered in many other countries including Mali, Niger, the Congo (Kinshasa), CAR, Chad, Cameroon, and Sudan. Our last posting was to Accra, Ghana, where we were on loan from Wycliffe to a Ghanaian organization doing Bible translation and literacy in the languages of Ghana – the Ghana Institute of Linguistics, Literacy and Bible Translation (GILLBT). We are passionate about helping Africans leverage the power of the heart language (their mother tongues) to produce the transformations they want in their families, communities and nations, especially through the Bible in the heart langauge. We believe that heart language connects at the deepest level and so produces lasting change.
We have two adult sons, Matthew and Mark, who now live, work and study in the US after having grown up in Africa with us.
Although we are retired members of Wycliffe, the postings on this site are our own and don’t necessarily represent Wycliffe.
Hallo Dayle and Ed,
An avalanche of stories and pictures. Thank you for bringing us up to date again.
The enormous numbers of Christians in Africa in the future, also many Catholics will put our Western European attitudes to our churches in the shadow.
Let us hope there will be enough fuel and food and fertilizer to feed these folks
when 2050 comes along. One decent meal a day for young and old is not too much to ask. But it will be hard to realize if we keep consuming our scarce resources such as water, phosphates and mobile phone ingredients.
Thanks for letting us know all about your recent activities. Strength, Dayle and Ed with caring for your parents. After the ups and downs with the boys, you keep up with life’s hopes and fears of your parents.
Very warm wishes and Good luck with life in USA and the travels in Africa.
We hope to see the Balima’s here in a couple of weeks. Juliette started a secondary school on the outskirts of Ouagadougou. We look forward to their stories.
All the best,
Ineke and Gerry.
Thanks for your comments. I think that being back in Africa set me off on a writing spree. At least I think that is what explains the avalanche of stories and pictures.
Food, fuel and all are going to be huge issues for Africa in the coming decades. If those issues are not addressed, it could make it even more likely that more and more Christians in Africa will be living in marginal economic conditions. Even if we stop consuming scarce resources, there is no guarantee that the majority of Africans will live under responsive and responsible governance.
Have a great time with Balima.
Encuentro que no sois derecho. Discutiremos.
Me encantaría hablar con usted. Con lo que no está de acuerdo? ¿Por qué? Voy a tratar de responder de una manera justa. Paz, Ed.
(Esto fue traducido del Inglés con Googe traducir. Me arrepiento de no hablar español. ¿Habla francés?)
I hope you have a Happy Holiday & Happy New Year. I’ve enjoyed your blog and look forward to what you come up with next year.
Ana, Thank you. May your new year be blessed.
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