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... actively engaged in God's movement of making disciples.

Bringing hope to the World at home and overseas

Marcus & Jennifer Love

The Loves are currently based in Ireland.

Below is there most recent newsletter:

 

Hello from Omeath…
Hi from all of us exiled down here!  We do get up to Belfast every so often but are trying to 'bloom where we are planted' while we continue to work towards Marcus getting Irish citizenship. We are two years into the process, with one year remaining.
Looking back on this time last year we feel much more settled, with good, deep friendships and we feel like we are finally learning how to live well in this country. We now know that rather than keeping all the windows permanently shut to save on heating, that we should actually keep some windows open all winter so as to avoid mould and keep the air fresh!  Very different to Nigeria, where I was frequently putting buckets full of water in my bedrooms to fight against the intense dryness!
DJ Niff…
I'm thoroughly enjoying my volunteering at the local Newry and Mourne IUR-FM radio station. The opportunity we have to share truth from the Bible freely over the airwaves is just amazing. I've enjoyed sifting through a lot of Christian music, in order to find really good tracks with good messages, or beautiful music. It's been an unexpected blessing to me, that as I work to prepare the radio slot I'm often challenged and encouraged by the words I'm listening to.
In September Emmanuel will start pre-school in the mornings, please pray that I will make the most of some of this time to prepare better and more prayerfully for the shows.
Please also continue to pray that local people will turn on their radios on Sunday mornings and meet God. Pray that we would find a good balance between being open and unashamed of God's word, and being humble and not pushy.
Gloucester here we come…
We would appreciate your prayers for us over the next few weeks as we re-locate to Gloucester for a month to teach the new Wycliffe members. As we've done before, Marcus will look after Emmanuel and I will teach. I've taught this language and culture learning course many times, and it's quite intense. Last year I found it difficult combining the work of the course with family life. Gone are the single-minded days!
Please pray for a good work/life balance and for inspiration and focus as I prepare lectures. Please pray I will get to know the students quickly so that they feel at ease as we go through an experience of learning a new language together.
It's been a much better summer than we expected & we have loved getting outside!
…We're so thankful for our 20's & 30's group in Newry Baptist. Niffer has been involved in helping to run this group, and we have loved seeing the group grow deeper in friendships and accountability…
…Some folk have asked for the online link for IUR-FM, as the radio signal doesn't reach as far as Belfast. Unfortunately the online link often breaks down, but when it is working it can be found at: https://beta.tunein.com/radio/IUR-FM-1014-s130984/ The show runs from 8-10am every Sunday…
We're so thankful for loans and gifts of Christian music from friends and family in NI. And we're always open to more !! Please get in contact if you have anything you can pass on, or Christchurch folk can feel free to pass anything on to my parents.
Nigeria…
Things are much calmer in Nigeria as a whole, although terrorist activity continues in the far north. Currently it is rainy season across Nigeria and in past years flooding has brought much loss of life and devastation. Niger State, where Niffer used to live, has been particularly hard hit.
Please pray that the government would allocate time and resources to combatting the flooding that can accompany the heavy rains.
Marcus the mapping maestro…
This year has been a year of special focus on Africa, which has meant a lot of work for Marcus as he is the one responsible for African maps. This has meant that he has proactively requested new up-to-date language information from all of his contacts across Africa. Thankfully, he was recently able to meet some contacts who work in African countries face to face for the first time at a meeting in Germany, and go over mapping data with them in person, which saved a lot of time emailing back and forth, and was very productive.
The mapping team have developed a new online mapping service which will for the first time provide access for translation teams on the ground to an interactive map of the language group they are working with. It went live just in June, which has been quite exciting! This would have been really helpful to me when I was in Nigeria, to see clear maps of the languages I was working in.
In addition, his work for the Ethnologue (an encyclopaedic resource run by Wycliffe/SIL to provide data on all the world's languages) has run to updates on 120 languages in 37 different African countries. He also completed some extra work on the language map of Bulgaria, showing for the first time where the half a million Roma speakers are in the country. And currently, he is designing and making maps for an atlas of languages in Angola, in collaboration with the government of Angola. Life is never dull!
Please pray that the Wycliffe contact on the field will have good contact with government officials, and that this joint effort would open doors to further work in the country.
Brexit & endless questions…
We continue to try and figure out what Brexit will mean for us. It remains unclear whether having Irish citizenship will be enough for Marcus to live in the UK at any future point, once Brexit actually happens. Living with the uncertainty of having your husband not allowed to reside in your home country is wearing! But we are grateful that he will have the ability to live in the Republic of Ireland either way.   Love Jennifer & Marcus xx

Hello from Omeath…

Hi from all of us exiled down here!  We do get up to Belfast every so often but are trying to 'bloom where we are planted' while we continue to work towards Marcus getting Irish citizenship. We are two years into the process, with one year remaining.

Looking back on this time last year we feel much more settled, with good, deep friendships and we feel like we are finally learning how to live well in this country. We now know that rather than keeping all the windows permanently shut to save on heating, that we should actually keep some windows open all winter so as to avoid mould and keep the air fresh!  Very different to Nigeria, where I was frequently putting buckets full of water in my bedrooms to fight against the intense dryness!

DJ Niff…

I'm thoroughly enjoying my volunteering at the local Newry and Mourne IUR-FM radio station. The opportunity we have to share truth from the Bible freely over the airwaves is just amazing. I've enjoyed sifting through a lot of Christian music, in order to find really good tracks with good messages, or beautiful music. It's been an unexpected blessing to me, that as I work to prepare the radio slot I'm often challenged and encouraged by the words I'm listening to.

In September Emmanuel will start pre-school in the mornings, please pray that I will make the most of some of this time to prepare better and more prayerfully for the shows.

Please also continue to pray that local people will turn on their radios on Sunday mornings and meet God. Pray that we would find a good balance between being open and unashamed of God's word, and being humble and not pushy.

Gloucester here we come…

We would appreciate your prayers for us over the next few weeks as we re-locate to Gloucester for a month to teach the new Wycliffe members. As we've done before, Marcus will look after Emmanuel and I will teach. I've taught this language and culture learning course many times, and it's quite intense. Last year I found it difficult combining the work of the course with family life. Gone are the single-minded days!

Please pray for a good work/life balance and for inspiration and focus as I prepare lectures. Please pray I will get to know the students quickly so that they feel at ease as we go through an experience of learning a new language together.

 

It's been a much better summer than we expected & we have loved getting outside!

 

…We're so thankful for our 20's & 30's group in Newry Baptist. Niffer has been involved in helping to run this group, and we have loved seeing the group grow deeper in friendships and accountability…

 

…Some folk have asked for the online link for IUR-FM, as the radio signal doesn't reach as far as Belfast. Unfortunately the online link often breaks down, but when it is working it can be found at: https://beta.tunein.com/radio/IUR-FM-1014-s130984/ The show runs from 8-10am every Sunday…

 

We're so thankful for loans and gifts of Christian music from friends and family in NI. And we're always open to more !! Please get in contact if you have anything you can pass on, or Christchurch folk can feel free to pass anything on to my parents.

 

Nigeria…

Things are much calmer in Nigeria as a whole, although terrorist activity continues in the far north. Currently it is rainy season across Nigeria and in past years flooding has brought much loss of life and devastation. Niger State, where Niffer used to live, has been particularly hard hit.

Please pray that the government would allocate time and resources to combatting the flooding that can accompany the heavy rains.

 

Marcus the mapping maestro…

This year has been a year of special focus on Africa, which has meant a lot of work for Marcus as he is the one responsible for African maps. This has meant that he has proactively requested new up-to-date language information from all of his contacts across Africa. Thankfully, he was recently able to meet some contacts who work in African countries face to face for the first time at a meeting in Germany, and go over mapping data with them in person, which saved a lot of time emailing back and forth, and was very productive.

The mapping team have developed a new online mapping service which will for the first time provide access for translation teams on the ground to an interactive map of the language group they are working with. It went live just in June, which has been quite exciting! This would have been really helpful to me when I was in Nigeria, to see clear maps of the languages I was working in.

In addition, his work for the Ethnologue (an encyclopaedic resource run by Wycliffe/SIL to provide data on all the world's languages) has run to updates on 120 languages in 37 different African countries. He also completed some extra work on the language map of Bulgaria, showing for the first time where the half a million Roma speakers are in the country. And currently, he is designing and making maps for an atlas of languages in Angola, in collaboration with the government of Angola. Life is never dull!

Please pray that the Wycliffe contact on the field will have good contact with government officials, and that this joint effort would open doors to further work in the country.

 

Brexit & endless questions…

We continue to try and figure out what Brexit will mean for us. It remains unclear whether having Irish citizenship will be enough for Marcus to live in the UK at any future point, once Brexit actually happens. Living with the uncertainty of having your husband not allowed to reside in your home country is wearing! But we are grateful that he will have the ability to live in the Republic of Ireland either way.   Love Jennifer & Marcus xx