With apologies for being a bit too quiet on the communication front lately, I have to say that this has been a really great week.
We FINALLY got mosquito-proof screens on every window of our house. They’re beautiful, with nice wood frames that open and close easily so we can access the glass windows. Already our ankles are noticing a difference in the evenings!
I got a major chunk of my thesis research accomplished, working with the Nsenga translators to craft “proverb-sounding” translations of about 40 “proverb-like” sayings in the New Testament. I’m trying to help our translations of many of Jesus’ short-and-sharp sayings to have the same rhetorical punch in Nsenga that they seemed to have in the original. With a lot of help from the team, I now have some great examples of these translations to work with.
On Tuesday I found out that I won the Thalassa Prize, a photography-and-writing award from my college alma mater. So that was pretty cool.
In the office, we have just finished checking Matthew and are making good progress to be ready for our big Reviewer Workshop at the end of the month.
Sean and Janine are getting really excited – in ten days they will be on a plane back to the States for furlough! Sean in particular is carefully deciding on all the things he wants to do and places he wants to go (restaurants mostly, it seems) as soon as he’s back in America. Janine is very busy with packing for the trip and organizing the house for our long absence.
And tomorrow, we’ll be in Chipata to celebrate the birthday and homecoming of a dear friend of ours who has been out of the country for six months. It will be great to see her and her family again.
All of this comes on the heels of a great visit from some friends of ours, cooler weather, and many other blessings.
We hope things are going well for you also, and we look forward to seeing many of you soon!