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June, 2017

Hello from Dallas!

Last fall José was in Southeast Asia for two weeks receiving further training in ParaText, the specialized computer software that aids in the Bible translation work. He is now even better equipped to help translators get set up and use the improved software to speed the translation of God's Word. José enjoyed the exposure to that part of the world, where the sights and sounds, the traffic and the food reminded him of his home in Peru!

This spring, José spent two weeks in Colombia helping seven teams of national translators from neighboring Venezuela. Due to the political situation in Venezuela the training took place across the border in Colombia. The trainees’ dedication toward the translation task is inspiring and reports indicate that they are eagerly pursuing their translation work.

On the Home Front

Laura (8 years old) is part of a children’s choir at a large church in downtown Dallas. She has many friends at school and at church. She is very creative, always working on an art project or playing with her siblings. She would love to learn how to cook and also take horseback riding lessons. We’re thinking of starting piano lessons this summer.

Sammy (5) will be starting Kindergarten in the fall at the same school that Laura attends. He has an engineer’s brain; he loves Legos and puzzles. He is kind and such a good brother.

Ruthie (2) is funny, sweet, and wants to do everything that Laura & Sammy do. She’s a bit of a troublemaker, but that is to be expected for a two-year-old!

My role continues to be in the home supporting José and caring for our three children. I also serve on the women’s ministry team at church, have been part of a small choir, and am helping organize meals for a big conference for Bible translators that is coming up later this year.

It is humbling to realize that God uses us for advancing His Kingdom on earth, which is now more global than ever through advanced technology and electronic means of communication. We are grateful to God for the opportunity to serve Him each day, each hour of our lives. We are also thankful that you are in this journey with us. We know you pray for us and continue to sustain us with your gifts, which are a great encouragement to us and allow us to press on toward the goal of providing the Word of God in the languages of all peoples around the world.

On another note, José and I have been praying and seeking God’s will for our future within the Wycliffe Bible Translation organization. When we came to Dallas a few years ago we planned to stay until 2019 or so before moving overseas again. When we lived and worked in Peru we loved having close contact with the indigenous people that we serve. In these last months we have prayed and prayed about where God would have us go. Papua New Guinea? Africa? Mexico? Too many options, and we were confused and feeling unsettled (well, I [Lisa] was because I like to have a plan and know where I’m headed). We sought counsel from leaders in our organization. God then planted a thought in our hearts and minds. What if we stay right here in Dallas? The more we prayed about that option, the more peace we have felt.

So, we made a list of pros and cons! Staying in Dallas is making a lot of sense. The International Linguistics Center, where we serve on the south side of the big city, is a hub of activity. There is so much going on and it’s really exciting to be a part of this training and administrative community. Our supervisors all confirm that this is the best place for us to be. José serves our colleagues who work in all of the Americas, North, Central and South. He helps those who work right here as well as those who are scattered (Canada, US, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, etc.) remotely via real-time computer connections. It is also helpful to have a major airport (Dallas/Fort Worth) nearby when he has to travel to provide on-site help in different countries. So, it’s making a lot of sense to stay in Dallas. Our talents and support service are needed right here, in Dallas, serving all of the Americas.

We are more committed than ever to continue serving in Wycliffe/SIL. Good things are happening all over the world. We hear many stories of how God’s Word in the mother tongue is changing people’s hearts and way of life. God has given us skills and spiritual gifts that line up so well with the work we are doing right now, and there is peace in our hearts because of that. It’s energizing to be working in one’s area of strength.

We are so grateful for the many ways that God has already confirmed this decision. A dear colleague whom José respects very much out of the blue told José yesterday that he is so grateful for José’s dedication to helping everyone with their computer needs. Another colleague anonymously put a monetary offering in our office mail box the other day. God is using us here and we feel so blessed.

For our family situation too, staying in Dallas makes so much sense. God has blessed us with some great, local friendships. We also have a wonderful church and a great school for the children. And we are part of a large missionary community where everyone helps each other with anything and everything. Oh, and we can now get around town without using our GPS so much too! That’s always a nice feeling.

For our housing situation, we have been renting a small three-bedroom duplex from the Wycliffe organization. It has been great, but our family has grown and now that we know we will be staying in Dallas, the next step is to look for a larger home. We would like to buy an adequate place and call it our own. This is a big step for us since we have never owned a home before but have always rented. Please contact us if you can help.

Monthly mortgage payments will most likely be about $300 more than what we’re currently paying and we’ll need additional funds for making the down payment as well as funds to furnish the home since the things we currently use will stay with the furnished rental unit.

We are at peace about our decision to stay in Dallas and we are excited about the possibility of moving into a larger place and to continue working here in Texas. Even though we plan to live in the US, we are still your missionaries working diligently to see God’s Word translated and being used by all the people groups who need it. We still count on your encouragement, prayers and partnership to do what we do. We are incredibly blessed to have you on the team with us!


Lisa & José

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
José & Lisa Chambilla
6638 Legters Dr
Dallas, TX 75236

Emails: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Phones:
José: (616) 450-0419
Lisa: (616) 502-7254
As Wycliffe missionaries, we trust God to supply our financial needs through churches and individuals who wish to partner with us. Let us know if you would like more information!

Financial Information:
Wycliffe Bible Translators
PO Box 628200
Orlando, FL 32862

Contributions should be sent to Wycliffe and made payable to Wycliffe Bible Translators with a note specifying, “preference for the Wycliffe ministry of José & Lisa Chambilla, #227490.
Online contributions can be made through https://www.wycliffe.org/partner/chambilla

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
September, 2016

Beloved Friends and Family,

It has been a while since we last wrote. We have not forgotten you! It is humbling and such a blessing at the same time to partner with many of you in the task that the Lord has given us. Many of you pray faithfully and give month after month. Thank you so much. May you be blessed too as you read our latest letter, and may the Lord be glorified as we serve Him together.

MINISTRY

We continue to serve colleagues that work in the Americas by providing all kinds of computer support. It is such an essential role. When our technology fails or frustrates, we need help! People often express what a blessing it is to have José’s skillful help.

José was asked go to Venezuela at the end of April. That country is in a lot of economic and political turmoil right now and there are travel restrictions for entering Venezuela. But José was able to enter with no trouble at all with his Peruvian passport. There are seven minority language groups in Venezuela that are committed to translate God’s Word into their languages. These believers are such an inspiration to us; they are working on their own, with no missionary presence. They have requested our (SIL’s) help to check and approve their work as they go. José went in order to set up their computers with ParaTExt, the main software used in Bible translation.

Many of you prayed for his trip and it turned out to be a huge encouragement to the Venezuelan Bible translators – and to José. Because he is Spanish speaking and is “one of them,” he was able to jump right into their world.

José just spent another week helping these same translators. This time they met in Aruba! The Dutch island of Aruba is only 18 miles from the Venezuela coast. Gorgeous beaches come to mind but they stayed at a fairly rustic conference center. José felt like he was doing his old purchasing and shipping job in Perú because he had go out to buy all sorts of things (SIM cards, a white tablecloth to serve as a screen for projecting, etc). This work, along with computer support and teaching a few classes on ParaTExt, was all for the purpose of helping these Venezuelan translators to be equipped to do their translation work. José was energized by all of this and I was so encouraged – to know that God is mightily using him.

Family

While José works hard, the kids and I play! Being a mom is the greatest blessing and biggest job ever. Thanks to air-conditioning, we survived our second summer of intense heat here in Texas! The kids enjoyed playing in the sprinkler, we spent some time at the Wycliffe pool, and found activities to do indoors. Laura is now back at school, in 2nd grade. She is creative, easy-going and a great help especially with entertaining little kids. We frequently have neighborhood children over at our house playing, which is really fun. Sammy will be 5 at the end of October and is going to the Wycliffe pre-school two mornings per week. He is such a sweet boy and yet loves to wrestle and be crazy. After watching some of the Olympics, we really had to keep a close eye on the kids because they were inspired to do gymnastics and soccer inside the house. This led to a few bumps and bruises. Ruthie is 1-½ and really fun and learning so much. She keeps us busy as she makes messes everywhere. We thank the Lord for our three children.

Coming Up

José will be going to Thailand for two weeks at the beginning of October to learn more about ParaTExt. Traveling to Asia is going to be a new experience for him. And it’s going to be a challenge for the kids and me to be without him for that long. Will you put it on your calendar and pray for us?

This coming November we will have been in the US for three whole years. That means that José can submit his application for US citizenship. Please pray that everything will go smoothly. We would love to serve overseas again, hopefully in two or three years, and José being a dual citizen, along with the children, will make that easier.

Your friendship means a lot to us. In this world of so much pain and suffering, we cling to the Lord, pouring over His Word, trying to remember His promises, listing His blessings and spending time in fellowship with others. I wish I could sit down over a cup of coffee with each of you.

Lisa (for José and kids)

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
José & Lisa Chambilla
6638 Legters Dr
Dallas, TX 75236

Emails: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phones:
José: (616) 450-0419
Lisa: (616) 502-7254
As Wycliffe missionaries, we trust God to supply our financial needs through churches and individuals who wish to partner with us. Let us know if you would like more information!

Financial Information:
Wycliffe Bible Translators
PO Box 628200
Orlando, FL 32862

Contributions should be sent to Wycliffe and made payable to Wycliffe Bible Translators with a note specifying, “preference for the Wycliffe ministry of José & Lisa Chambilla, #227490.
Online contributions can be made through https://www.wycliffe.org/partner/chambilla

 

 
 
 
 
 

April 28, 2016

Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you to those of you who wrote back after our request for prayer. And thank you so much for praying!!!

José had an uneventful trip to Venezuela. He has been working with representatives from seven language groups and he writes that, “in only a few days I have grown to love them so much. These heroes of the faith get together trusting that the Lord will provide for everything they need.” The economic situation in Venezuela is very grim. People are really suffering right now with the price of basic food staples set super high

We’ll write more about his trip in an upcoming letter. One interesting fact: Venezuela is a half hour ahead of our Central Time Zone. Isn’t that bizarre?

Tomorrow, Friday, José is lined up to take a short flight to the capital, Caracas, where he’ll spend the night at a guest house. Then on Saturday he needs to be at the airport at 5:00 AM to start making his way back to Dallas.

We’re doing ok here on the home front. It has been great that José has been able to use his cell phone all the way from Venezuela. So we’ve been able to text, email and Skype each other every day! One morning as I was making breakfast I had the toaster, coffeemaker and microwave going all at once and blew a fuse. Oops. So I texted José and he was able to tell me what to do!

We’ve been battling some fevers, stomach aches and headaches. Poor Sammy was down with it for three days but is now back to normal. Now I’m feeling some chest congestion and headaches. Please pray that we’d get better soon. Please pray that God would keep us safe – Texas is sure a scary place. There are poisonous snakes (a rattlesnake bit a little boy recently and our friend found one outside her front door yesterday). And the weather is stormy with severe thunderstorms, hail and possibility for tornadoes. Yikes.

In many ways, we’ve done much better than I expected and I KNOW it is because many of you are praying! Thank you again.

We send our love,

 José and Lisa 

 Laura (7), Sammy (4), Ruthie (1) 

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
José & Lisa Chambilla
6638 Legters Dr
Dallas, TX 75236

Emails: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phones:
José: (616) 450-0419
Lisa: (616) 502-7254
As Wycliffe missionaries, we trust God to supply our financial needs through churches and individuals who wish to partner with us. Let us know if you would like more information!

Financial Information:
Wycliffe Bible Translators
PO Box 628200
Orlando, FL 32862

Contributions should be sent to Wycliffe and made payable to Wycliffe Bible Translators with a note specifying, “preference for the Wycliffe ministry of José & Lisa Chambilla, #227490.
Online contributions can be made through https://www.wycliffe.org/partner/chambilla

 

 

April 20, 2016

Dear Team,

We need your prayers today and for the next couple of weeks. José has the wonderful opportunity to work with a group of Venezuelan Bible translators. The translators are from seven different language groups and they’ll all be together starting this weekend. They’ve recently received brand new laptops for their translation work. Jose’s task will be to set up the laptops and then to help the translators to get a better grasp of ParaText, the software they’ll use for Bible translation. José will be “in his element.” This is his favorite thing to do – he has a real gift and love for working with nationals. And the fact that he is Peruvian and can enter Venezuela with his Peruvian passport is a real advantage.

Oh, he leaves this evening for the airport and will travel through the night

So here a few specific requests:

  1. That José will be an encouragement to the translation teams not only with practical help but also as brothers in the Lord.
  2. That his travel will be smooth. He doesn’t love flying. His layover is in Houston. The airport could be a bit hectic because of many flight cancelations/delays lately (Houston has had flooding due to lots of rain).
  3. He is taking a lot of equipment to leave with the teams – pray that it will not get damaged in transit.
  4. Pray for me and the kids too! We are really going to miss him. He’ll be gone for 10 days. I’ll probably have moments when I am “going crazy” but I’m going to try to relax and take things easy.
  5. That we’ll all stay healthy.

I think that covers it. We look forward to seeing how God works out all these details for the benefit of His Word reaching new language communities. It’s all for His glory and we feel so privileged to be a part of it.

Thanks for being on our Team – supporting in so many ways!

 José and Lisa 

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
José & Lisa Chambilla
6638 Legters Dr
Dallas, TX 75236

Emails: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phones:
José: (616) 450-0419
Lisa: (616) 502-7254
As Wycliffe missionaries, we trust God to supply our financial needs through churches and individuals who wish to partner with us. Let us know if you would like more information!

Financial Information:
Wycliffe Bible Translators
PO Box 628200
Orlando, FL 32862

Contributions should be sent to Wycliffe and made payable to Wycliffe Bible Translators with a note specifying, “preference for the Wycliffe ministry of José & Lisa Chambilla, #227490.
Online contributions can be made through https://www.wycliffe.org/partner/chambilla

 

 

February, 2016

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year, happy Valentine’s Day, and we might as well wish you a blessed Easter too! ☺

We always enjoy hearing from so many of you at Christmas-time. It is wonderful to read your news and see your pictures – a good way to keep in touch. We were with family for Christmas! Brother Miguel & Bethany (with Sophia, Kalani and Ewan) moved from Amelia Island, Florida to Hendersonville, North Carolina last summer. So we decided to meet there and check out their beautiful new surroundings. My Dad, Gabriela, Alex and Lucas drove down from Holland, Michigan. We had a fun-filled three days.

Jose helped lead a Paratext workshop in the FallJosé is doing a great job providing computer support to staff that work in the Americas Area. One of our colleagues is blind. She uses a braille pad with her computer, and therefore has no need for a keyboard or a screen/monitor. José enjoys the challenge of helping her with her computer questions! Everyone is always very grateful for his knowledge and skill as well as the way in which he relates to people. He patiently explains, making sure nobody feels like they’re asking a dumb question!

You could pray for me. I miss having an active role within Wycliffe. And being a full time mom of little children is a whole lot harder than I ever imagined. I probably make it harder just because of my perfectionistic tendencies and such. God is sure working on me and I’m trying to put this verse into practice, keeping my eyes on Jesus. I am grateful for the three children God has given us and I’m very much enjoying them. They’re my pride and joy. So, while they’re still little, the main way I contribute to the team is by praying! I have loads of moments in my day when I’m cleaning, cooking, or driving when I can be in prayer for colleagues and the work that is going on around the world. This has been a blessing to me and helps me to get my eyes off myself.

Laura (7) goes to a charter school and is doing so well. She’s a model student and always comes home with awards for good character. She also participates in a children’s choir and in Awana.

Sammy (4) is a wonderful little guy. He has great aptitude for building – Legos, puzzles, and things like that. He attends preschool at the Wycliffe Center two mornings per week and comes home so happy and proud of himself.

Ruthie (10 months) is full of life and taking it all in. She’s crawling, pulling herself up to a standing position, and babbling non-stop. She has tried all sorts of different foods, even things like chocolate and bacon – things I would never have dreamed of feeding my older children at her age. Alas! My perspective on life has probably changed and I no longer need to consult my “What to Expect the First Year” book or the internet every other day to research what’s going on!

Family Time!We love living close to the International Linguistics Center, where José works. This is home-base for many colleagues that we know from Peru, many of whom are my heroes. These are missionaries who’ve given their whole lives to see the Gospel translated for people all over the world. And it’s wonderful to meet colleagues who work in other areas, such as China and Tanzania and Papua New Guinea! This is a “happening” place to live and we’re grateful to be able to serve here.

Thank you for being part of the team.

We send our love,

José and Lisa

 

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
José & Lisa Chambilla
6638 Legters Dr
Dallas, TX 75236

Emails: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phones:
José: (616) 450-0419
Lisa: (616) 502-7254
As Wycliffe missionaries, we trust God to supply our financial needs through churches and individuals who wish to partner with us. Let us know if you would like more information!

Financial Information:
Wycliffe Bible Translators
PO Box 628200
Orlando, FL 32862

Contributions should be sent to Wycliffe and made payable to Wycliffe Bible Translators with a note specifying, “preference for the Wycliffe ministry of José & Lisa Chambilla, #227490.
Online contributions can be made through https://www.wycliffe.org/partner/chambilla

 

 
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