With 13 days left before our March 31st financial deadline we recognize that the task before us is humanly impossible. We see clearly now what was always true: We cannot do it, it has to be God. My wife was able to be at our home church this Sunday and during the sermon felt the impact of Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:26 ‘Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”’ Truly salvation is impossible for man, but God has provided a way. How much more capable is He with temporal things like finances. Nothing can stop Him from accomplishing His will!
This week God has been reminding us that He is faithful and will provide. The trust and faith He is building in us on this journey is truly exciting!
Currently we are at 76.7% of our monthly budget pledged. We need 100% pledged before the end of Easter Sunday. Please pray with us that many more people will join our team! Every monthly pledge, no matter the size, helps us reach our goal and bring us closer to being able to leave. Please pray about joining our team if you have not already. We would love to partner with you!
Join our partnership team: http://www.wycliffe.org/Partnership.aspx?mid=9D98B3
We are excited to be planning our departure for May 5th. There is a lot still to do, but it is all worth it. For the glory of God in the nations!
Thank you all for your continued interest, prayers and gifts in making the gospel available to all people. We wanted to let you know that God is answering prayers!
A few weeks ago in our newsletter, we mentioned a few one-time financial needs. Over the past few weeks we have had people give specifically to those needs! Praise God!!
- We have received money specifically for a computer purchase that will cover the entire expense.
- Also, our home church took a one time offering that we will be using to pay for medical expenses related to visas!
It’s so exciting to see God’s people catch a vision for what He is doing and give so generously.
We ask for continued prayer that the Lord would complete our financial team by our end of March deadline. We were at 67% of our budget when we first communicated about our departure date, and now are at 73.2%. Pray that The Lord continues to connect us with people who are interested in seeing God’s Word move powerfully among the Deaf.
We are also still gathering prayer teams for our children. If you are interested in praying specifically for Immanuel or Jude, let us know so that we can keep you updated with requests for them. We plan on sending out the first updates on them within the next week or two.
We are excited to see what God does as He continues to show His faithfulness. We are confident that He wants to speak to the Deaf in the way they understand best and are privileged to be a part of what He is doing.
To join our team go to: http://www.wycliffe.org/Partnership.aspx?mid=9D98B3
Teri and Rachel Miles
We are very excited that we now have a departure date. We are planning on leaving for Southeast Asia on May 5! The location of our year-long internship has been finalized. We have received the information necessary to apply for visas and prepare for our move. God has shown His faithfulness in arranging all of the details.
We cannot wait to be a part of stories like this one we recently read on DOOR’s (Deaf Opportunity Outreach – a partner organization with Wycliffe) website about a Deaf man who had been transformed by seeing Bible stories translated into his sign language. As a boy, he was frequently suspended from school. He was rebellious and eventually even his parents kicked him out of their house. He was sent to live with his grandparents in a rural village due to his behavior. It was there that God met him and changed his life. He met some workers from DOOR. They left some DVDs of Bible stories at his new school. He spent his free time watching those stories and through them God spoke to him. He says “I remember crying out to God to forgive my sins, change my life, and make me a new person.” He then asked forgiveness from his friends, teachers, and parents. They saw that his life had really changed. Now, he works as one of the Deaf translators to make God’s word available so that more Deaf can encounter God the way he did. We are so encouraged to hear how God’s Word is transforming lives all around the world. – DOOR International – A Deaf translation organization
As we said, we are currently preparing for the visa applications. In order to allow enough time for our visas to be processed and for us to buy plane tickets, we found out we need 100% of our monthly budget pledged by the end of March. This will allow us to send in our visa application in time for our May 5 departure. We are currently at 73% of our monthly budget pledged. Please pray for us that God would work through His body to supply the remaining funds in the next 5 weeks.
Please also prayerfully consider joining our financial partnership team to enable us to go so that more lives can be transformed by His Word in the sign language of Deaf people’s heart! Join our team at: http://www.wycliffe.org/Partnership.aspx?mid=9D98B3
Immanuel and Jude enjoying their last winter for awhile.
Our journey basically began in 2009.
We went to a summer of linguistics training in order to be able to join Wycliffe bible Translators. At the beginning of the summer we were expecting to be working with spoken languages in a rural village, possibly Indonesia or other remote areas. As we went to our classes Rachel started learning Paraguayan Sign Language for a language learning class and we found out that there are over 230 sign languages in the world. This fascinated us and we started down a path of learning more about the linguistic aspects of sign languages. We were amazed to find out that sign languages have very little connection to the spoken languages in the same region. This makes understanding the written language extremely difficult for many deaf.
We started hanging out with the deaf students during lunch and after classes and realized they were learning to translate the bible in order to produce video bibles for their communities back home instead of making the deaf read the bible in a language they had never heard or spoken. God changed our hearts that summer in 2009 and we realized that there was an amazing opportunity to help share the transforming power of the Gospel because there currently are no completed Bibles available in any sign language of the world.
We were convicted to take the gospel to the deaf that have never seen God’s word.
I invite you to see the Word that speaks to the hearts of the Deaf in some of the countries in Africa and in India: http://deafbibles.com/
2012 truly has been an exciting year for us. Last year at this time, we never expected to be moving to our life-long goal of full-time cross cultural work. The Lord loves to surprise us with good things! Working towards living in southeast Asia now for 6 months has been an awesome experience. We have had great opportunities to share about the people around the world that need the Word and to enjoy family and friends and meet lots of new people.
We have seen a ton of changes in our lives and in the lives of our kids. Our youngest has gone from being very shy to outgoing and playful. Our oldest is now potty trained and has started to ask “but, why?” many times during conversations. Rachel and I have a new work schedule and have traveled to 10 states in the last 6 months! We are however excited to be in St. Louis for an extended time before we do any more traveling.
2013 will be an even more exciting and challenging year. We will be packing, and getting our house ready to rent out, as well as moving to southeast Asia – where we will start to learn two languages and cultures.
We are excited, and I know you are excited for us! You have all been encouraging us on this journey. We ask for your continued prayers and encouragement as we press on in the midst of these many challenges and joys.
What Immanuel says we are doing and are not doing
When we talk to the boys about the move to Asia, we have been trying to talk about concrete things so that they will understand. Many of you have heard that this led to Immanuel thinking we were moving to a zoo. (We had talked a lot about elephants.) On our recent trip to Pennsylvania, we found another potentially messy misunderstanding in a conversation between Immanuel and his grandpa.
Iman: A big airplane
Grandpa: How long do you stay on the airplane?
Iman: Um, a very long time.
Grandpa: Do you sleep on the airplane?
Iman: No, we just….
Grandpa: Do you eat on the airplane?
Grandpa: Do you go potty on the airplane?