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Shaping the Future of SIL in the Americas

2017-03-19

February 19-26 I accompanied Justin on another work-related trip to Dallas. Justin had invited a little over 50 people, including 11 partner organizations, to come together that week to answer the question, "What is the role of SIL* in the Americas for the coming years?" We spent time reflecting on the Word, in prayer, and lots of time talking in small groups about all sorts of issues and challenges. We listened to our partners to ensure we are working well with the wider body of Christ as we all together seek to see people of every language transformed by God through His Word. It was a productive week and it was helpful to get input from some of SIL's leaders and partner organizations in the Americas. I enjoyed visiting the International Linguistics Center in Dallas, where Justin often travels for meetings, and finally getting to meet the Americas Area leadership team, as well as many others. This was my fourth work-related trip with Justin, so I'm gaining a better understanding of the work of SIL and a taste of Justin's world of meetings and airports.

Speaking of airports, it's a busy season of travel for Justin. After that week in Dallas, I flew home and Justin continued on to Singapore for more meetings with the rest of the wider leadership team of SIL International. He had a weekend at home to recover and then he hopped on another plane back to Dallas. (Praise God he hasn't suffered from serious jet lag.)  I, along with the Americas Area leadership team, helped document and synthesize the ideas from the Shaping the Future of SIL in the Americas meetings. Using those results as a guide, as well as seeking guidance from the Holy Spirit, Justin and his team met last week in Dallas to draft a three-year plan for SIL in the Americas. They really felt like God was with this process, giving them insights and creativity. It came together quite well, leaving them all very encouraged and hopeful for the future. This draft will now be shared with more SIL leaders in the Americas, who are invited to participate and give feedback, so please continue to pray for this planning process.

Please also pray for stamina for Justin in this busy traveling season. After a three-day weekend at home, Tuesday he'll board another plane to Bangkok for more meetings. Thankfully, April's schedule will be less demanding. We look forward to spending quality time together as a family during Jesse's spring break, immediately upon Justin's return.

I continue to post occasional updates on Caleb's Journey to Recovery on Facebook. If you are not a member of this group, you can request to join. If you do not have a Facebook account, but would like to continue to receive updates on Caleb's recovery, please let me know. Even if you have a Facebook account, but would prefer to receive the updates via email, please let me know. I've created an email group for those who prefer to receive an email version of what I post on Caleb's Facebook group.

We're thankful for faithful friends like you, who love and encourage us with your prayers, your time, and your gifts. We truly could not do this without you.

With much gratitude,

Justin, Tammy, Caleb, and Jesse

*SIL, Wycliffe's closest partner, serves language communities worldwide, building their capacity for sustainable language development by means of research, translation, training and material development.

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