Volume 3, Issue 3

August 2010 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.

Lutheran Bible Translators

Following the Family

Sam has mastered the art of scooter riding this summer and is now learning the art of “wading into very cold water” at a free pool/park nearby. In the last few months, he’s added countless words to his vocabulary and learned to be a caring, sharing big brother (most days :)). Lucy is on the go all of the time. She walks/ runs everywhere, talking her own little language the whole way. She loves playing chase, dancing, and making friends wherever we go. She is our social butterfly.

Worship in a Second Language

(adapted from our blog)

We are coming up on our one year anniversary of being in France. I was reflecting today as I walked home from church how much has changed in that time, in particular at church on Sundays. When we first got here, we couldn't wait to go to a service just so we could be surrounded by a community of believers. We really enjoyed going for those first few weeks because we knew that while we understood very little, we were surrounded by our brothers and sisters. After that first month, if I'm honest, I began to like going to church less. The joy of being surrounded by believers was overshadowed by the frustration of not being able to understand fully or be understood. Church was not much different than going to class. It was another language learning experience, not really a place where relationships were being built. It was a good frustration, though, because of any place or event, that desire to know the language and know it well was urgent when it came to church. We worked hard so that church wouldn't feel like school. By February, instead of just being able to pick out individual words, we were able to follow an entire service. Along with the progression in language learning has come a change in how I view Sundays. It is no longer the same as going to school. We have gotten to know people at the church and enjoy seeing them, conversing with them, and hearing what God is doing in their lives. We don't have to focus quite so hard at pronouncing things correctly and understanding words in songs (because, for the most part, the words are very familiar now) and are therefore beginning to focus just a teeny bit more on the meaning behind the words and the implications for our lives. In sum, it's becoming more of a worship experience than an intellectual exercise, which is definitely a beautiful thing. HOWEVER. I do believe that no matter how many years we lived here or how well we knew the language, we would still come home and want to listen to a sermon and read the Word in English. If I read the same passage in French and in English, even though I understand both, God speaks much louder through the English. Living here has been a blessing to our ministry in many ways, but I think one of the biggest lessons He has taught us this year is the urgency of helping others to have the Word in their heart language. (continued on back)

Pray For Us...

We were all blessed to spend time with Cara’s parents who came to visit in June.

John 13:14-15

FAY FOOTPRINTS

Pray for the health of Cara and baby #3 coming in late November. Pray for us as we prepare to move back to the U.S. for a time and also work to learn as much French as we can while we have so many resources at our fingertips Pray for Sam and Lucy through all of the transitions to come. Pray that God would continue to open the hearts of the Nizaa people to His Word in their language. Pray for increased monthly support and a fully-funded vehicle fund by January 2011.

How You Can Support Us
We have tickets for September 14 to return to the U.S. We are planning on spending about 5 months building closer relationships with our brothers and sisters in the U.S. We are not the only ones to recognize the importance of being supported in ministry. Paul asked fellow believers to pray for him as well: “I urge you , brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me” (Romans 15:30). The reason is clear: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Eph. 6:12) We can study hard, have the needed funds, prepare ourselves for the transitions, and learn the needed skills, but it will all be in vain if done without constantly relying on and seeking the Lord. Another important way of supporting this ministry is through financial gifts. We will not receive approval to go to Cameroon without regular monthly support and the funds to buy a vehicle to drive there. You can see the diagrams on the right which illustrate the need and the instructions at the bottom of this page for how to give (the monthly funding diagram is an average of funds received in 2010- it is down 7% from last newsletter due to a very low month in May). Given these needs, we are hoping to meet new friends and also visit some of you again. As of this writing, we have two Sundays open for speaking in Indiana (one in October, the other in November) and two Sundays open in January (Topeka area). We have plenty of dates open for speaking mid-week– the event doesn’t have to be anything large or formal. In fact, relaxed evenings with people in their homes are often one of the best ways for us to get to know one another! Please use the contact info below to let us know what dates work for you. We’ll be in the Indy area from October 7 through the end of the year. We’re planning on being in Topeka the first two weeks of January.

We look forward to visiting many of you. Thank you for your support and encouragement!

Helping us serve YOU!
For awhile now we have been praying about how to better serve you, our supporters. We have realized during our time in France just how important it is to have a strong support base, knowing that there are many praying for this ministry and for our family. Each e-mail or letter we receive is SUCH a blessing and encouragement to us. Like any relationship, our relationship with you isn't to be one-sided: we want to be a blessing and encouragement to you all, as well. We have created a survey that we would like each of you to complete with the goal of knowing you better and knowing how we can better serve you. It will take about 5 minutes of your time and can be found at the following web address: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SXLGCBT. Thank you to all of you who have already filled this out! Your feedback is much appreciated! ——(continued from front) We will never know completely what that must be like- we have owned and read Bibles in English our whole lives- but we did experience a little taste of what it is like this year. No matter how well we know this language, it will never be our heart language. The Word is just that much clearer, more powerful The mission of and transforming when it is in the language that we laugh in and cry LBT is to help in and dream in. Our prayer is that the Nizaa and the many other bring people to peoples of the world who do not have the Word in their heart language might receive it soon- that they would clearly see its beauty faith in Jesus and truth and that they might be utterly transformed as He speaks Christ by making to them through it.

Some exisiting Nizaa literature. We look forward to the day when God’s Word will be a part of this!

Write to us at: Kory, Cara, Sam, and Lucy Fay 11 Rue de la Libération 73000 Barberaz FRANCE kcfay@lbt.org www.fayfootprints.com

Send financial support to: Lutheran Bible Translators P.O. Box 2050 Aurora, IL 60507-2050 (Make checks out to Lutheran Bible Translators and write Fay ministry, Fay vehicle, or Fay household setup on the memo line)

the Word of God available to those who do not yet have it in the language of their hearts. For more information on LBT go to www.lbt.org