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How you can pray for us:
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-Protection – especially over the Bible translation, the technology, and Samir, who is the primary translator. He and his wife have had all sorts of strange health and financial problems.
-Wisdom – in all the decisions that are being made with EP, in our discipling relationships, the Bible translation, and in our family and with our kids.
– Strength, to always see the Lord before us so we walk always in His peace and joy
– For those we’re discipling, that they would only see and hear God, that we wouldn’t pass on our own wisdom and understanding but only that of the Lord, that we would love them purely and with compassion, and that we would have the stamina to not drawback from their constant major problems (in Nov. 2022, the sister of one of them was murdered, in October one had all the widows in his house busted out and received death threats, and on and on…)
Most Recent Update:
Our whole family will be traveling to North Macedonia from December 27th to January 5th. We will be visiting old friends and acquaintances and handing out copies of a booklet which contains portions of the Bible translation and QR codes to the YouTube channel and website. Since all the Roma churches are just in one large Roma community, we will be traveling to other areas of the country to let the Roma there know about the translation.
Our family has been involved in ministry almost always. Lee grew up doing liturgical dance on her own and then creating a group in college. In college she began running a children’s ministry to at-risk youth through a drug rehab and homeless shelter. After Dave and Lee married, they prepared to go to the mission field, while continuing the inner-city work with the children.
In 2002, they went to Macedonia (now known as North Macedonia) as church planters among the Roma (often known as Gypsies). In 2008, they moved to Turkey where they continued living among the Roma and among refugees. It was this year that they walked away from raising support, their missions agency, and such things and stepped out of the boat to just walk hand in hand with Jesus and let Him take care of them. In 2011, Lee started developing Easy Peasy, the all-in-one homeschool curriculum. You can learn more about this time in Turkey and developing EP here and here.
In 2016, having been refused a visa renewal, they eventually accepted the Lord’s hand moving them back to the USA. Dave got his MA in teaching English as a second language and Lee took a coding course and, in time, was able to build the app program My EP Assignments to deliver lessons to the EP homeschool students. The Lord moved them away, again, from using the world’s methods of providing for ourselves and showed them He still wanted them to just trust Him to provide, so David stopped looking for a job. The creation of My EP Assignments increased usage of EP enough that donations became enough to cover our salary. Through Lee’s parents’ decision to move to a retirement community, Lee and her family were able to have her family’s house, where she had grown up since she was a toddler. That enabled them to continue living debt-free, another part of the Lord’s provision for them.
In 2020, Lee started putting some of their miracle stories online to encourage people to not be afraid. She also started creating Bible lessons for EP apart from the regular course lessons. It started as five lessons per week, then included a really big study for the month of September, and now has grown to ten lessons a week when she added a second series of lessons. The September studies have continued each year and she’s done a few online group studies through Zoom, which has led to a discipling relationship.
At the same time, Dave started work on a Bible translation for the Roma of Macedonia. Macedonia has the largest Roma settlement in the world. We lived there for a time when we were in Macedonia. Dave is fluent in their Romani language and partners with his best friend, Samir, his Roma language tutor who he’s now known for a couple of decades.
The Bible translation is being written down, which is a feat in itself since the language lacks a standardized written form, and it’s also being recorded on audio and made into videos for YouTube and for our RomaniBiblija.com website.
Beyond that, Dave has been involved in India. Before 2020, he traveled a couple of times for multiple weeks at a time around India, ministering to believers as a guest of a local minister. Now, he preaches through Zoom on occasion. We have partnered with an evangelist there who has been working for years among an unreached group of low-caste tribal people. He wanted to provide them a school since their children don’t have much access to education. While we discussed homeschooling, illiterate parents and no electricity make it not really feasible. We helped him financially get a school started. They now have around 100 students and minister to their families, having many baptisms.
Lee has also started reconnecting with some of those kids from her inner city ministry as a college student. They are all grown and have families now. It is wonderful seeing them loving the Lord (one was just baptized Sept 2022), but they all have a hard story. Dave and Lee are trying to connect with them more. They have particularly developed a discipleship relationship with one of them and help him out as a single dad of seven. Lee also meets regularly with one of his older sisters to disciple her. She was radically saved a couple of years ago and plans on running for mayor of this little city that struggles with unemployment, poor education, poverty, drugs, and violence, having one of the highest violent crime rates in the country. She calls Lee her “mom” even though Lee’s younger than her. Lee has discipling relationships beyond those as well.
When you support our family, these are the types of things you are supporting, and not just putting food on our table and keeping the heat on. The Lord meets all our needs and He uses you and others like you to do it, though He’s not past just miraculously providing. 🙂
P.S. Lee’s other ministry is intercession. She’s up at the dark side of early and starts each day on her knees. (I pray for you and truly appreciate you praying for me and my family. We value your prayers!)