Robert has finished editing An Exegetical Summary of Acts 15 - 28 and it is now in the pre-publication stage. This brings the Exegetical Summary series of the New Testament to completion.
For his next project, Robert has agreed to help with the Old Testament. This necessitates him studying Hebrew, which is a new experience for him. So far he has proof read the Lectionaries for the Exegetical Summaries of Joshua, Daniel, and Amos.
Dictionary & Lexicography (DLS) Staff Retreat
Verna has six staff persons working for her in DLS: Kevin & Anita Warfel (from Waxhaw, North Carolina), Larry & Cindy Mooney (from Salem, Wisconsin), Wes Peacock (from Red Deere, Alberta), and Beth Bryson (from Duncanville, Texas). It is seven years since DLS was established and we have never had a staff retreat. Since everyone works remotely, not everyone had actually met all the team members in person. So we planned to all meet together from June 14 - 16 at Verna's house in Greenville for two nights and a day.
People started gathering around 4 pm on Thursday for a dinner that Verna had prepared for everyone. A wonderful extra blessing was Verna's sister, Delores, who came down for a visit which overlapped the retreat. She was a big help with food preparation and serving.
After dinner, we delved into 'getting acquainted', team-building and communication activities. We played Truth or Lie, in which each participant had to tell two true statements and one false statement about themselves. Then we all guessed which was the
false statement. We did a Classify That activity, a Digital Scavenger Hunt, and a Line Drawing activity, in which one person would describe to another person how to draw a picture without knowing the subject of the picture.
Friday morning after breakfast, we had a time of singing together, a devotional,
a time of Bible Study and meditation and a time of prayer.
A delicious lunch was catered in by our friend, Cinda Boshart from our new church. Then it was time for recreational activities, which included
rafting on the pond, riding the 4-wheeler, picking blackberries and playing board games.
Friday night, we carpooled into town for a delicious meal at Red Lobster; then headed back to our house to cap off the retreat with S'mores around the
campfire. It was a great time of drawing closer to each other and closer to our Heavenly Father. Everyone seemed to enjoy it!
From the field
This year SIL will celebrate the 1000th New Testament completed with SIL engagement! The Keliko of South Sudan will welcome the arrival of their Keliko New Testament on 11 August 2018 in northern Uganda. Keliko church leaders initiated the project in 1983 and requested SIL's help shortly after. The Keliko team has persevered through tragic setbacks of war and exile from their home lands; SIL is privileged to have worked alongside them.
We are planning our summer trips around family get-togethers, but we hope to also visit you, our wonderful supporters:
We plan to arrive in Manitoba on July 6th, in time for a Penner (Verna's) family reunion.
We plan to visit Indiana for Robert's siblings get-together on August 2nd.
Thank you for your friendship, your prayers, and your financial support. Without you on our team, we would not be able to do the work Father God has called us to. We pray for you daily. May Father God continue to prosper you and keep you in health. May all your prayers be answered. Please drop us a line with your prayer needs, so we can pray more knowledgeably for you.