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Update from Matthew and Rachel Harley
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Matthew: Last week we heard the wonderful news that David's U.K. visa was granted again, and so we've just booked flights to visit the U.K. from 2 June to 10 August. We haven't planned much for our visit so far, other than being in Liverpool from 2-17 June, Nottingham from 17-20 June, and Ireby, Cumbria from 20 June - 4 July. So if you would like to meet up, let us know and we'll see what can be arranged although we're hoping not to do too much travelling this time. David is particularly looking forward to seeing his wider family again, eating lots of cheese, and going to the seaside.

The last couple of months have been rather full, beginning in March, with organising activities for 180 people during a four-day retreat for the mission community. Activities ranged from team-building Eiffel towers out of toilet rolls to racing a keke (a motorised rickshaw used as a taxi) round a football pitch. Crazy and exhausting, but lots of fun! 
One of the retreat activities: it wasn't as one sided as it looks!
Three weeks later, another retreat, this time our own mission's annual spiritual retreat, for about 130 people at the same venue. More restful, but still a lot of organisation. One of the highlights was the baptism of a couple of our good friends' children in a nearby river on the first day. The testimonies and worship were also special times, as were the messages from our speaker, Rev. John Sagai, the former chaplain at TCNN. David also gave his first public performance of one of his favourite songs, "Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, Let the earth hear his voice."
The SIL Nigeria annual spiritual retreat at Miango. Quite a colourful group!
Our speaker, the ever-jovial
Rev. John Sagai.
Rachel, David and some of David's relatives (Blessing, Grace and Favour).
At the beginning of May, nine students graduated from the Linguistics and Translation Department. Graduation at TCNN is a year after the students finish their courses, so it was good to catch up with them and hear what they've been doing. Most of them are either doing further studies or are involved in translation work in some way. One student, Alex, who graduated last year, recently finished translating Luke's Gospel and recording the Jesus film in his language (Eda). Both were launched in his community in April.
The Eda Jesus film DVDs, with copies of Luke's Gospel and a Reading and Writing booklet, which I helped Alex and his team to produce.
"When we read the Bible in our national [non-local] language, it's like being hungry and I go to the garden and pick the vegetables, clean and cook them, and catch a chicken and butcher and pluck it, and then cook it, and finally I get to eat it. But when we read the Bible in our own language, it's like coming in from work hungry, and the food is already cooked and on the table. I am immediately satisfied as I sit down and eat." 
- a mother-tongue translator.
Little David continues to be a bundle of energy. He loves nothing more than playing outside with the other children on our compound, particularly on our next door neighbour's trampoline. Almost every morning he says "playing with Abigail today?" The feelings must be mutual, since Abigail (aged 3) sometimes turns up at our house around 7:30am, wanting to see what David's doing. David also enjoys singing songs, impersonating people, and saying thank you prayers to God for all sorts of things, from his Wellington boots to the raisins and honey in his porridge.
David and friends.
A cheeky David looking like he's just snuck a fizzy drink into his pocket!
David and Abigail.
Preparing for take-off!
We give thanks for:
  • The joy that David brings.
  • David's U.K. visa.
  • The Eda Jesus film & booklets.
  • For a good end to the TCNN semester.
  • Enjoyable retreats at Miango.
Please pray for:
  • The students who have just completed their studies as they seek to assist their translation projects.
  • More teaching staff for our department, particularly for a new Head of Department before December.
  • Packing up and preparing to leave, especially as Rachel has been sick the last few days.
  • Our househelp's (Dorcas's) husband, who has been in and out of hospital in the last few weeks.
  • For no hitches at immigration at Abuja airport next Thurs morning.
With our love and thanks for all your encouragement and support,

Matthew, Rachel and David
xxx
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