Retro: Tres Muñecas (three dolls)

by Jim on 19 February 2017

Muñeca, the word for a toy doll, is a common term of endearment for a young girl or even baby who is – well, pretty as a china doll (probably prettier – some china dolls are kinda creepy)!

So, here they are, three muñecas! These three are María Fernanda, Kathryn, and Hannah, at the fourth anniversary of what was then our church in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Ten years ago today!

Tres Muñecas


Remembering George Cowan

by Jim on 16 February 2017

Dr. George Cowan, pioneering Canadian missionary to Mexico and former president of Wycliffe Bible Translators International (now called Wycliffe Global Alliance), passed away this past Saturday at the age of 100.

Dr. Cowan was born in Kelwood, Manitoba in 1916. In 1942, he went to serve in Mexico, where he met his wife, Florence Hansen. They were married in 1943.

George and Florence came to a rapidly growing Bible college in Saskatchewan, now known as Briercrest College, where he directed training for future Bible translators. Briercrest, bursting at the seams, was just moving to its new location – Caron airport, now Caronport.)

The Cowans returned to Mexico, eventually studying the Mazatec language in the state of Oaxaca. The language became well known for its use of whistling. In 1948, Cowan wrote:

Eusebio Martínez was observed one day standing in front of his hut, whistling to a man a considerable distance away. The man was passing on the trail below, going to market to sell a load of corn leaves which he was carrying. The man answered Eusebio’s whistle with a whistle. The interchange was repeated several times with different whistles. Finally the man turned around, retraced his steps a short way and came up the footpath to Eusebio’s hut. Without saying a word he dumped his load on the ground. Eusebio looked the load over, went into his hut, returned with some money, and paid the man his price. The man turned and left. Not a word had been spoken. They had talked, bargained over the price, and come to an agreement satisfactory to both parties–using only whistles as a medium of communication.
Mazateco Whistle Speech

The Cowans collaborated with Mazatec colleagues to translate the New Testament, completing the work in 1961. During this time, the Cowan’s three children were born in Mexico. Dr. Cowan was the director of SIL Mexico from 1951 to 1953.

From 1956 to 1981, Dr. Cowan served as the director of Wycliffe Bible Translators International, while remaining very active in the work both in Canada and Mexico. In his later years, he continued to serve both Wycliffe and the Seed Company (which, by the way, is very active in Mexico, currently working with a Mazatec dialect).

Take a minute or so to watch this short video of Dr. Cowan. It applies not only to Bible translation, but to all the riches that so many believers have, physical but above all spiritual, that we must find a way to share.

For more: Veteran Wycliffe leader George Cowan dies (Wycliffe Canada)


Tweets 30 January – 9 February 2017

11 February 2017 Twitter

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More on Visas and License Plates

9 February 2017 Practical matters

So far this week has been dominated by paperwork. But every once in a while, that’s just the way it has to be. Most of it has been a matter of getting documents together for my visa process. That has meant a lot of emailing, printing, signing, packages being sent here and there, talks on […]

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Weekend Report: Children’s Ministry and More

7 February 2017 Ministry glimpses

This weekend we had the privilege of having Shelli (Corina) Neufeld in Ixtapaluca for a few days. Shelli and her family have served for many years as missionaries in Hermosillo, Mexico. But in fact, during our first visit to Mexico, Shelli was with us – a part of our team that served in Mexico City […]

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If You Don’t Want Another “License Plate Update”, Click Away, Baby…

2 February 2017 Practical matters

Seriously, if you don’t want another update on our quest to get license plates, just move along. You’re still here? It’s a short story anyway. I went today for my fourth visit to the applicable office, and spoke to four people there, including one new person who took some of the paperwork that I had […]

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