Update and Prayer Requests: September 2022
Valerie and Nicasio Martinez
Translating God's Word with and for the people who speak Quiatoni Zapotec
September seems to have been consumed with preparations!
--Preparations to fly to the US to participate in a missions conference hosted by one of our supporting churches and preparations for our participation in it. (I flew to the US on Sept. 22, Nicasio on the 26th. Nicasio’s visa did arrive in good time. Thank you for praying.) I’m so late in sending this out, I can tell you that the conference started yesterday; we’ve been busy and having fun!
--Preparations to visit people in the area where the missions conference will be held. (We’ve seen quite a few people and hope to see more in the next few days!)
--Preparations for a presentation for UNESCO. The university that Nicasio has been teaching in and coordinating classes for asked him to do the presentation about the Master’s programs that have to do with indigenous languages. Nicasio received the invitation about 10 days before the presentation date. His presentation went very well! He is encouraged by all the nice comments people have made about it. Friends that invited us for dinner two days before the presentation said afterwards that they couldn’t believe that the man making a presentation to UNESCO had had dinner with them!
Meanwhile, Beto is in a workshop about translating Proverbs, which he’s been working on translating. We haven’t heard much from him but I heard from a friend that some in the class have gotten food poisoning. We’d appreciate your prayers for them to get it over it soon and for protection and lots of learning during the remaining two weeks of the workshop.
We are thankful for the wonderful co-worker we have in Beto. While we are in the US, he will take care of the Zapotec church service.
Two weeks after we get home, we’ll be driving to another conference a little north of Mexico City. This four day conference (Oct 25-28) will be all in Spanish and is on reaching people with the Gospel through diverse media. Nicasio will be making a presentation on Indigenous Identity and the Use of Digital Strategies. He appreciates your prayers as he finishes his presentation. Beto and Candy will be attending, too, and driving there with us. We appreciate your prayers for safety for the trip and that we learn a lot.
Rusty had his tests for his year and a half check-up after his testicular cancer surgery. We rejoice that there is no evidence of cancer. We thank God for that and we thank you for your prayers for him.
Mike, Tara and Royan will be coming to the missions conference today! And we will stop to see them on the way from the missions conference to Rusty’s home. They’ve done a lot of improvements on their house and we look forward to seeing that as well as visiting with them.
Nicasio’s parents decided that they wanted to move home to Quiatoni so their daughter who lives in Quiatoni came for them the day before I flew to the US. Their daughter who lives in Mexico City had planned on coming to stay with them while we are gone, so she went to Quiatoni to be with them there. Nicasio’s dad’s health is not very good; we are hoping the change will be good for him. Thank you for praying for them.
As always, we thank you for your interest and support of our ministry of the Quiatoni Zapotec translation, for us, and for our family. God has blessed us with you on our team!
love, Valerie and Nicasio