Rachel and Uche are passionate about the Word of God transforming lives as people respond to the Good News of Jesus Christ. It is to this end that they contribute in various ways to the work of Bible translation.
Rachel is from Ontario and Uche is from Delta State, Nigeria. They currently live in Hamilton, Ont., though the reach of their work spans across Canada, throughout dozens of African countries, and to Wycliffe Canada’s 10 Focus Regions on five continents. Their work focuses in three areas of stewarding, strengthening, and strategizing.
Stewarding – Every people, nation, and tongue (Rev 7:9) are created by God with their own unique culture; they have been entrusted with the task of caring for God’s creation with the knowledge He has given them. Rachel supports the Scripture Engagement team (SIL Nigeria) in their Faith and Farming initiative. Most, if not all, the languages where Bible translation work is being done, are spoken by farmers. Yet, there is often a disconnect between the life of a farmer and the life of the church. How can translated Scriptures impact them in practical, and life-giving ways? Rachel’s science education is enabling her to contribute to the development of this initiative—stewarding God-given knowledge about health practices for the sake of people’s physical and spiritual restoration.
Strengthening – God gives resources for His work, through finances, and personnel for example. As a sending organization, Wycliffe Canada desires to strategically strengthen our focus regions with who and what we send them. In Rachel’s work in mobilization as a mission coach, she learns the personnel needs of our partners, and in turn, recruits Canadian missionaries accordingly, so as to strengthen the Bible translation work they are doing.
Strategizing – All these Bible translation efforts in various countries have different needs in different contexts. With his “big picture” thinking, Uche comes alongside leaders in his role as Africa Area Strategy Director to plan for efficient use of resources in accomplishing the task. The area comprises 31 countries, where he serves in strategic planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning, to support God’s mission as appropriate in each context.
Thank you for joining us in this important work, as we anticipate standing before the throne of the Most High together one day.