Archive for September 16, 2016


Sep 16

Barrera Bulletin — July to September, 2016

2016 | by Clint | Category: Field Updates,Global,Prayer,Rabinal Achi

Catch up with the latest from the Barreras and all that is going on in their lives:

Our hearts were thrilled to see these photos of the Youth With a Mission team from San Miguel distributing Achi New Testaments in a village recently.

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Translation News

What a blessing it has been to dig deep into Psalms this past year! The consultant check of the last third of Psalms in Achi was finished in August. Now I (Carol) am setting my sites on my part in checking Proverbs. The consultant check workshop on that book starts the last week of October, but I need to have my suggestions and questions sent to the international consultant and the Achi team by October 15th. Pray for me to be able to meet that deadline!

I recently received an email notifying me that my “new” position title is Achí OT & NT Revision Consultant. That was nice to know, even though that is the work I have been doing for the past five years! Just to give you an idea of what this work involves, I estimate that for the whole book of Psalms, I exchanged over a hundred emails with the international consultants and Achi speakers. In addition, I wrote around five to ten notes per chapter into the Achi text in the computer program we use. (This program allows all of us in the project to see the latest draft. My comments to the translators or the international consultant are marked with a little red flag in the text. When that flag is clicked on, my comment appears in a window for them to read.)

Remember the arduous task that was completed this past spring in making a multiple-voice recording of the Pentateuch in Achi? That recording has now been edited and will soon be delivered to “Achilandia”. There will be a formal dedication and launching of its use in a large Achi church on September 11th. Different means of playing the recording (USB’s, CD’s, special machines, radio) are being explored. I have been informed that funds are lacking for buying the devices which will “carry” this part of God’s Word to the ears of the Achi people. If any of you are interested in helping out with this project, let me know, and I will convey your interest to the Achi team in charge of the distribution.

Family News

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We, our children and grandchildren hadn’t been all together for two years, and it looks like we might not be able to have another such reunion for another two years. So it was satisfyingly special to spend a week in July with our daughter, son-in-law, two granddaughters, along with our son, daughter-in-law and their two little ones.

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Not such pleasant news is that a hit and run driver hit our parked car, totaling it. We are still in the process of trying to resolve this with our insurance company while looking to find suitable transportation. We are thankful that no one was in our car when this happened.

I consider it good news that I was able to see a shoulder specialist who said my shoulder is finally ready for therapy. I have started that two times a week, with hopes of strengthening the muscles to increase mobility and help prevent further dislocations. More good news is that I probably won’t need cataract surgery for another year.

Rodrigo’s news is that he is enrolling this fall for another online course with the School of Biblical Counseling. He has also been happy for some open doors in ministering to some Spanish-speaking friends here in Cheyenne.

Recap for prayer:

*Starting the distribution of the Pentateuch recording in September
*Editing of Proverbs for October checking session
*Guidance for decisions regarding meeting our transportation need
*Planning a spring trip to Guatemala

May God’s Word dwell in all its richness in our hearts,
Rodrigo and Carol Barrera