“But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:19
Typesetting & Prayer
The Korean-English John Romans has been completed and sent to the missionary. Praise the Lord! Actually, I did it twice. After it was completed, it was decided that the Korean font was still too small. Some of the characters had small accents that were being lost in the small font size, completely changing the meanings. The first time I typeset it, it went quickly and smoothly. The second go-around was not so easy. I worked and reworked it, I prayed and started over. I was so frustrated. One afternoon, I was staring at John 3, after starting over for the third time — and I was stuck again. The phone rang, and it was my Mom. We talked for a few minutes and I told her about the battle to get this finished. She told me to hang up and go back to work. She would pray and call some family and friends to pray. Within less than 30 minutes, everything was working smoothly and I finished half of John that night. The rest of it was finished almost as quickly. I am thankful for those who pray. It is indeed true that the battle is won on our knees. I had been praying, but I should have called in reinforcements sooner. “Where two or three are gathered together in my name…”
The French files arrived — with a disclaimer that they were in great need of proofing to make sure the conversion and cleanup were done completely. That email also mentioned another printing ministry that had printed the John Romans before. It is possible they still have files that can be used without having to be retypeset again. This would be a huge blessing so that they could be printed without further delay. God must have great plans for these among the French-speaking peoples of the South Pacific. It has been a rare battle to get good text for this printing.
The Croatian New Testament files have arrived! As I was writing about waiting on a phone call from the printer in India, the phone rang! I have the preliminary specs on the page size and hope to have the details hammered out in the next couple of days. When everything is settled, I will start typesetting.
It has been a long time since I have had someone to train in typesetting. I am praying God sends someone else along who has a desire to learn this ministry. In preparation for answer to this prayer, I have begun putting together a typesetting course. All other training has been done on-the-fly with whatever project we were currently working on. I am hoping to write a course and put together resources that can be used to train others in this great ministry.
In September I was able to make a trip to Alaska. (Thanks be to God for airline miles!) I went and spent two weeks with my family. I ate Mama’s cooking, spent hours visiting with family, talked, traded, and used cameras with my Dad, and marveled at how quickly my nephews and nieces are growing up.
While there, I was privileged to attend the wedding of a good friend. It was a sweet time with friends and family.
Immanuel Baptist Church hosted the Fall Ladies Retreat while I was there. It was a good time of fellowship around God’s Word. I saw friends I hadn’t seen for many years. They very graciously asked me to speak on the last day of the Retreat. I am grateful to be given the opportunity to share with them some of the things God has encouraged me with over the years.
This ‘n’ That
Working both this ministry and at the church has been both a challenge and a blessing. The hours are sometimes very long, but God has provided grace and strength and has used the extra finances to meet special needs like repairs to my car and resuming chiropractic treatments. I am thankful God provides…sometimes before we even know we’ll have a need.
Thank you all for your prayers, support, and words of encouragement. I pray God richly blesses each of you for your part in this ministry He has given me.
Because all I am is His,
Myra S. Noel