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Ken & Joyce Prettol

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January, 2014 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dallas, Texas

As we are starting to pack our suitcases for our upcoming trip to South Asia (leaving January 28), we are reminded of the joy of why we stay connected with the work in India. Just this past month we received an exciting email from one of our colleagues in India—we attended the dedication of the New Testament that they completed about 2 years ago. Here’s what they said following a recent trip to the village area…

“We discovered on this trip that a bit of a revival is happening there. More than 80 people have joined together to build a church out of their own resources and they plan to have the worship service only in Gbaba* using the New Testament translation God used us to complete!!! Right now they are busily preparing to conduct the first Christian wedding there--even writing their own Christian wedding songs in Gdaba!

In another village, a man started to read the NT in Gbaba. He told our friends "I read the Bible in the State language but I couldn't understand anything there. But now I understand and I am growing!" Our friends say this man has grown so much that he can even lead the church meeting in that place whenever the pastors can't come there.”

It’s emails like this that encourage us as we put our “US life on hold” and get back into our overseas life half way around the world. We are grateful to be able to return to India and interact with our colleagues as we continue supporting the work of Bible translation in South Asia. Thank you for your prayers, support and encouragement as we go.

In His service,

Ken and Joyce

ken-joyce_prettol@sil.org

*Gbaba is a pseudonym

Prayer Requests

· Pray with us as we make our trip to South Asia (Jan 28-Mar 19)

· Our Director, Bruce and his wife, Kathy are struggling to decide what follow up treatment (or if any) they should pursue. It’s no easy decision to choose to step into major chemo treatments. It will mean a 6 month delay in their return to India.

· We continue to get reports of growing persecution among our Indian colleagues serving in rural villages. Pray for protection and for courage as they face these challenges.

Praise Items

· We had a delightful time with our daughter, Jennifer and her family in Maryland for Christmas. We so enjoy ‘making memories’ with our grandkids. (No snow until the day we left!)

· We were so grateful to have Ken’s brother, Tom and my sister, Judy and her husband, Elliot visit us here in Dallas recently as they helped us with some house projects.

· God provided some generous gifts through our financial partners at the end of the year. We are blessed to see God’s provision.

Answers to Prayer We asked you to pray and God answered…

· It was encouraging to receive our visas just before Christmas. The visas are good for 10 years.

· Thanks for praying for us as we have been planning our schedule for our trip. We just heard this week that one of the training courses we were planning to teach has been cancelled. That wasn’t the answer we were expecting so we’re trusting that God has a better plan in mind for our ministry time.

· Last minute update – Bruce and Kathy have decided to go with a 6 month chemo treatment. Pray for Kathy and Bruce as this will be a difficult treatment.

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