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June 5, 2014

Starr Family

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From Indiana…
to the world!

Race to 2025: The adventure race with eternal impact!
As the Wycliffe Regional Recruiter for Indiana & Illinois, Alan loves his job! Besides the thrill of regularly sharing his heart for missions with college students and others during the school year, this spring he participated in two exciting events held for the first time in the Midwest/eastern U.S. The Wycliffe “Race to 2025” (see below) took place Feb. 22-24 in Michigan, and Mar. 15-17 in Tennessee. Alan took a friend of Peter’s to the Michigan race, took Caleb and two others to the Tennessee race, ran in one race and helped staff the other (and continued his regular spring recruitment activities).
What IS the Race to 2025?
The Mission: To see a Bible translation in progress in every language that needs it by the year 2025.
The Race: Participate in an experience that bridges the craving for an adrenaline rush and the extreme challenge to which Jesus calls His church - to make
disciples of all nations.
Travel to the beautiful outdoors at a variety of locations in the United States.
Rappel from precarious heights!
Paddle ice-cold wilderness rivers. Pedal breathtaking forest/mountain trails.
Discover a hidden village! Hear from veteran missionaries who will engage hearts and minds with stories of lives spent serving God in tough places, unlocking the fascinating world of language and linguistics.
The Racers: A co-ed team of 4 hardy individuals who want to make a difference in
eradicating one of our greatest injustices: Bible poverty.
"Team Longto" in Tennessee:
Caleb, Alan, Ashli, & Luke
Alan doing a “monolingual demonstration” in Moloko in Michigan
Tennessee Racers—March 15-17
Alan rappelling!
Luke is “captured” in the woods
What some of our racers said:
Caleb: The Race to 2025 was a fantastic experience that allowed me to experience on a small scale what real-life mission work in difficult places would look like. It…[built] teamwork among group members while having fun.
Luke: I may never actually translate the Bible [but] I think everyone should be involved in some way.
Ashli: The Race to 2025 has opened my eyes, tested my physical limits, and challenged my faith in the best possible way—I will never be the same!
2913 Wilshire Ave.
W. Lafayette, IN 47906
Home: 765-838-1688
Cell: 765-421-8196
To partner financially:
Wycliffe Bible Translators
P.O. Box 628200
Orlando, Florida 32862-8200
To give to the Starrs, include a note that it’s
“For Alan & DeEtte Starr #300558”
or use our online
We appreciate your prayers & support—thank you!
Alan & DeEtte Starr
with Kate, Caleb & Peter
Wycliffe plans to hold more races in 4-5 locations in the fall and spring of the coming school year. Are you interested in going on an adrenalin-laced outdoor adventure that will increase your missions awareness and raise money for Bible translation? You can FORM a team or BE PART of an existing team. Contact Alan for more details.

Congratulations to Peter, who graduated on May 25 from Faith
Christian School and left on May 30 for five weeks in Cameroon! From June 17-July 1 he's on a two-week missions trip to northern Cameroon with missionary kids and a group of 10 college students from Biola Uni-versity in California. Pray for their safety as they build a school and seek to impact the group of believers there. After returning in July and working for two months on a farm here, Peter will go to France on
Sept. 20 to begin a six-month "Discipleship Training School" (DTS) with Youth With A Mission.
(Want to support Peter’s DTS? Please contact us.)
 Caleb has a biochemistry lab internship at the University of Indiana
this summer.
 Kate has a busy summer including visiting grandparents in Colorado
and Oregon during all of July.
 German exchange student Jasmin Marko will join us in August!

Karen’s Homegoing
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Cor. 4:7)
This verse describes the life of Karen Jackson, one of DeEtte’s very best friends for the past 19 years. She passed away on March 22 after a brief illness, and it has been a shock to all of us who knew and loved her. Karen was a passionate follower of Jesus Christ, loving wife to Chris and mother to Karissa, Katelyn, and Lum, "Mama" to many Cameroonian children, and an extraordinary missionary with a huge heart for children and Africa. She and Chris created an
innovative Sunday School curriculum based on the Gospel of Luke, which is being translated into Cameroonian languages to be used in churches. The curriculum is already impacting many in the villages where it’s being tested.
In spite of suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for many years, Karen's sweet smile, gentle spirit, heart for the Lord and the world, hospitality, ability to have fun almost anywhere, and infectious laugh are what we remember most. DeEtte was thankful to attend her memo-rial “celebration” service on June 1 in California. Karen truly “did not love [her life] so much as to shrink from death” (Rev. 12:11), but gave it in love to Jesus for Africa.
Pray for the Jacksons. If you’d like to help the Jackson family with Karen's medical evacuation and related expenses, or to contribute to their work of Scripture Engagement for Children, please contact us.

February 16, 2014


Click here to see this picture enlarged Ervin and Coleen Starwalt serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Bukuru (outside Jos), Nigeria. As lecturers they train Nigerians in Bible translation principles at the Theological College of Northern Nigeria "so that people can hear and respond to the Gospel message where it matters - in their heart of hearts." To receive their newsletter, email a request to ervin-coleen_starwalt@wycliffe.org.

July 16, 2013

Cate and Stephen Fierbaugh - The Seed Company

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We're having a baby! We're expecting the arrival of a baby boy sometime in mid October. So far, the pregnancy has gone really well. We're still trying to wrap our heads around the idea that there is going to be another person around! Pray with us as we prepare for the birth in October and as we transition into our new roles as parents.

At the Eurasia Media Distribution Conference (EMDC) in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Stephen spent a week teaching Mother Tongue Translators how to do progressive publication. At the start, some of them didn't know what a smartphone was, and by the end of the week they were creating websites in their own heart languages for distributing Scriptures and the Jesus Film. Later in the conference, he taught two sessions on Progressive Publication of Scripture on mobile phones.

Cate also attended EMDC. She participated in a week long training on radio production. During the conference, she was able to reconnect with some old friends and get lots of ideas on how to incorporate audio and video recordings into projects in Africa. Now, she's busily trying to find the best project to test out her ideas on.

Thank you to everyone who gave special gifts and prayed for our trip to Thailand. The trip really rejuvenated Cate's thinking about how the Bible can impact people around the world!

Stephen's Corner
Laptops for Translators
Translators need laptops with specialized translation software called ParaText. ParaText is a specialized word processor created just for Bible translation. It has lots of special Bible helps and understands the difference between verses.

We have a standard Mother Tongue Translator (MTT) laptop and image, but the hardware is being discontinued. Stephen has been researching replacements that are rugged enough to survive the heat and rain. He is preparing to lead a session in July where multiple experts from different organizations will get together to create the Next Generation of standardized MTT laptop. Pray that a good replacement laptop can be found and that the translators who use it will excel at the task of Bible Translation.

Needed: Geeks with Cross-Cultural Experience!
Welcome Rusty Riggs to our Field Technologies team. Rusty will be working under Stephen as a Field Computer Support Specialist. When translators have problems that they can't solve locally, they'll be coming to Rusty. Rusty has years of experience keeping The Seed Company's office computers running.

Field Technologies is looking for more faith-based missionaries to join the team! We're looking for additional geeks with cross cultural experience and interest to provide technical support, provisioning, training, and mentoring of our mother tongue translators and the people who work with them. Contact Stephen if you want to do something with computers that will make an eternal difference in people's lives.

Factoid: Did you know that a higher percentage of people in Africa own a mobile phone than in the United States?
Cate's Corner
A year after coming to work at The Seed Company (TSC), Cate is starting to feel like she understands what her job is. She started out as a liaison to TSC projects in Burkina Faso, but recently she's added a few countries to her list: Guinea, Congo (Brazzaville), Togo, and Benin. There are no TSC projects in Guinea or Congo right now, but Cate has been in contact with various mission agencies on the ground to see if partnership can develop. Pray that good relationships can be formed in these new areas and that the work of Bible translation will advance.

In addition to working at TSC, Cate has been able to help out with some small projects atVernacular Media Services (VMS), a part of SIL which is based in North Carolina. Several years ago, Cate received training at VMS and began to develop a passion for the use of media in Bible translation and Scripture Engagement. These past few months, she's been able to help monitor an online class and start developing some online training modules. Pray for wisdom in deciding whether or not to continue to help VMS in addition to her TSC responsibilities.

Special Thanks
We'd like to say a special "THANK YOU" to all of you who make our ministry at The Seed Company possible. Thank you for your financial gifts, your prayers, and your encouraging emails and phone calls. We think of ourselves as an extension of you in this ministry, and we couldn't do it without you.

For Financial Partnership:
Wycliffe Bible Translators
P.O. Box 628200
Orlando, FL 32862-8200


All donations must be made out to "Wycliffe Bible Translators" with a separate note indicating, "For the ministry of Cate Burnett Fierbaugh."

Personal Correspondance
Cate & Stephen Fierbaugh
1540 Tuley St
Cedar Hill, TX 75104

(214) 718-5733

(972) 375-2727

The Seed Company’s mission is to complete Bible translations in the heart languages of people without God’s Word. There are over 2,000 languages that need a Bible translation, representing almost 340 million people.

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