We were privileged to have the national translators from 7 different language groups, in our home again (several could not make it). I not only get to host them in our home but also get to cook for them (I have help of course). This meeting we had 24 people in our home.
It is so humbling for me to be able to have these awesome men and women in our home. Sitting around the dinner table it is fun to just listen. I am amazed at how many different languages I can hear. One person will ask, How do you say water in your language? Then others will chime in and share how they say it, some will be the same or similar and others will be completely different, or a "bad "word in another language.
One afternoon one man commented to Danny & me that he is so glad to be able to come to these workshops, he can feel the love of Christ here because we have invited him in our home to eat and sleep here. He said "whether its good or not, I feel very comfortable in your home, just like it was mine". Some one else said, "you are not only helping with the translation in the town of Santiago but you are helping with 10 translations in all of Guatemala. Having these workshops in your home makes it possible for us to learn more about the Word of God".
As I sit here reflecting our time together it hit me like a brick....These people are such great men and women of God, working tirelessly Translating ~The Word of God~ why are they suffering. As we spent time with them this week they opened their hearts to us and what I saw saddened me. They are ridiculed, mocked, rejected, suffering with illnesses, finances and many other things, Yet they are content and KEEP GOING! They see the importance of having the scripture in their mother tongue. They see the light at the end of the tunnel and through all the hardships of life they persevere. Please keep these individuals in your prayers.