Huntleys' November 2013 Update
An update from Adam and Ruth Huntley serving with Wycliffe Bible Translators on furlough from the Central African Republic
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.” (2 Cor. 4:16–5:1)
Dear family and friends,
This month we celebrate Thanksgiving . . . and we have much to be thankful for. We’re thankful for the new niece who joined our family in 2013, and for a daughter and nephew due to expand our family in the next handful of months! We are thankful for faithful partners, including colleagues who continue to do Bible translation in Central African Republic, even during hard times. Most of all, we’re thankful that, by God’s grace, we look forward to an eternal home with Him.
Gbaya translators moving from Berbérati to Bangui
On a recent trip to Berbérati, CAR, our colleague Neil took this photo of our dear friends there—how we miss them!
However, it looks like we won’t be going directly back to Berbérati when we return to Africa: the Gbaya Old Testament translators Alexis and Anatole, with whom Adam works on a daily basis when we are in CAR, are moving to the capital city of Bangui. They’ll be doing translation work in Bangui for at least a year.
Central African Republic . . . or Cameroon?
We hope to return to Bangui early next year, to continue work with the Gbaya translation team. But the political situation in CAR is still volatile. Our director and his wife will be in Bangui in February, and plan to advise us by March 1 if the capital city is stable enough for us to return there.
If we can’t go right back to CAR, we may take a short-term assignment in Cameroon, a country bordering CAR to the west. There are many Bible translation needs in Cameroon, and we would be privileged to temporarily join the work there.
Rejoice with us . . .
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” (Phil. 4:4)
Mercy – Praise God for showing His great mercy by calling people from every tribe and language to be His own people.
Connecting – Praise God for blessing our travels (July–September), as we visited family, reconnected with partner individuals and churches, and participated in missions events.
Team Meetings – Praise God that Adam could participate in meetings in England with colleagues from Central African Republic.
Future Planning – Praise God for an encouraging meeting in our home with our director Larry and his wife Cami, where we planned and prayed about our early 2014 return to Africa.
Baby – Praise God for continued healthy development of our first daughter, due to be born in Texas near the year’s end!
John and Sam – Praise God for giving John faith in Jesus and a deepening interest in spiritual things, and helping Sam begin to listen and learn during morning “Bible time.”
Pray with us . . .
“The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Phil. 4:5–6)
Faith – Pray that we trust our all-knowing, all-powerful, all-loving God for everything, especially in times of uncertainty. Pray that God shows Sam his need to trust Jesus for salvation.
Wisdom – Pray that God guides us—through leaders and in our own hearts—as we consider whether to move back to Central African Republic or temporarily move to Cameroon. We know He already has our path planned out!
Encouragement – Pray for the Gbaya translators Alexis and Anatole, and their families, to be encouraged and strengthened. They face spiritual attacks, besides the stress of living in an unstable country.
Marriage & Family – Pray that we grow in love in our marriage, and that we rely on God for wisdom and help for raising our sons and daughter.
Thank you for your faithful partnership in the Gospel. We treasure your friendship and look forward to worshiping our Savior with you this Christmas season...and one day, before His throne with people of all tribes and languages!
Adam, Ruth, John and Samuel Huntley
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