Dave and Julie Eberhard serve as missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators. In their most recent newsletter, they share the impact the pandemic is having on them, as well as the creative way they celebrated their son’s wedding. Here’s an excerpt:
Dear family and friends,
We pray this letter finds each of you safe and staying healthy from this Covid 19 virus. We are fine, but as with most of you, we are getting restless.
DAVE: Since Dave “works from home” anyway, he continues with his projects. However, his “work from home” usually meant he would go to the local library to work, or a coffee shop, or anywhere to break up the sameness of his work. However, during this time, he is definitely going a little stir-crazy, especially since all overseas trips have been canceled. On the up side, this has been a great period to accomplish the “honey-do list” since he is always looking for something to give him a little break!
He has taken advantage of this time to focus on improving the Ethnologue and to finish some writing projects. Last month he finished a chapter he is co-writing with two other linguists describing the Nambiquara language family (which Mamainde is a part of). He is now making headway on a new volume he is co-editing with another SIL colleague which will showcase endangered language communities who have taken steps to strengthen their traditional languages, using the training Dave has taught them.
JULIE: After spring break, the community college where I teach part-time went online for the rest of the semester. It was an interesting experience and I probably worked harder trying to keep tabs on all my students. As we look towards the fall, the college is looking at either online or “hybrid” classes. At least this emergency spring session has given us all tools and ideas for the future.
Read their entire newsletter.
Pat and Melenda Edmiston are missionaries with Wycliffe – Partners in Bible Translation, nondenominational mission organization dedicated to translating the Scriptures and teaching people to read and write in their own language. Pat and Melenda serve in the country of Papua New Guinea (PNG). Here’s an excerpt from their latest newsletter:
Dear Friends at Hyde Park,
We want to thank you for your $875 gift in March. Papua New Guinea is still closed to international travel. Although it has had very few cases of Covid-19, we continue to monitor when it will open its borders again so that Pat can plan his next trip to New Ireland. The Feni and Notsi Madak groups have several books of the New Testament ready to have Pat check and sign off on. Thank you for all your prayers and contributions.
In His Love,
Pat & Mel
The dePont Registry is a lifestyle guide to the Tampa Bay area. They recently reported about our Little Dresses Ministry stepping up to produce protective masks to protect health care workers, first responders, family members and friends.
People Helping People: From “Little Dresses” to Protective Masks
With public schools closed throughout Hillsborough County, the staff, teachers and students shared a video to celebrate the love and support they received from Hyde Park’s volunteers. There were countless messages of gratitude, virtual hugs, plus videos and letters from the students as they expressed their heartfelt thanks. As Dawn Stites, Dunbar’s principal said, “Volunteers are the Heart of Dunbar.” Watch the video.
Trish Krider, a Hyde Park member, is a flight attendant for a major airline. The close proximity shared between flight crews and passengers make Trish very aware of the challenges posed by social distancing. During her rotation into 14 days of self-quarantine, she dusted off her sewing machine and began making masks for her fellow flight attendants. She didn’t know at the time that members of Hyde Park’s Little Dresses Ministry had the same idea. Our Pastor Vicki Walker put Trish in touch members of our Little Dresses team so they could share resources. Their effort caught the attention of local online media. Read the whole story.
Nick and Renee Shaw, along with their four children, answered God’s call into the mission field and are currently serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Here is an excerpt from their latest newsletter:
ALL THE QUESTIONS, VERY FEW ANSWERS
Let me start by saying that we are safe and healthy. We are living in a furnished house that a friend’s grandmother moved out of a few months ago. Another friend lent us his car since few of us have anywhere to go. We have eaten some of our favorite foods, waved at dear friends from a distance, and overall been incredibly happy to be back in our home state, but what a state our country is in!
I want to share with you a quick recap of our time getting from Congo to Ohio. We spent the second half of February through half of March packing and selling household items that could not make the move to Zambia. When will the movers come get our stuff? When that happened (last minute) we walked with our suitcase to a nearby hotel, stayed one night, and attempted to fly with our missionary friend, Gaston Ntabmbo. What time will Gaston be ready to fly? Great excitement…crushing disappointment. Due to bad weather, we ended up at his house for one more night in Lubumbashi. Anticlimactic but still fun because the Ntambos are incredible people and serve Jesus with their whole hearts.
Read their newsletter here.