Pat and Tena Walkinshaw
Pat and Tena served in Mali, West Africa from 1990 to 2007, serving in discipleship, leadership training, and helping people engage with God’s Word in their languages.
From 2007 to 2016 Pat served in Recruitment, helping people find their place of service in the Bible translation effort all over the world!
His experience in Africa makes Pat uniquely qualified to serve in his new assignment as a Field Coordinator with the Seed Company on the Sahel team. Coordinating the work from Dallas, Pat will make trips each year to Africa to serve with national Bible translators in the effort to help count down to ZERO people groups without Scripture.
The Walkinshaws need a full financial partnership team before Pat can begin this assignment. Please consider how you might join their Wycliffe ministry to alleviate Bible poverty in West Africa, through prayer and financial partnership.
Special opportunities to meet with partners - Will appreciate prayers for safety, health, and good meetings
I've been diving in head-first in my new job at Seed Company. I’ve taken over responsibility for coordinating Seed Company projects in Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, and Burkina Faso. This has included inheriting management of several currently ongoing projects and starting some new projects. It's kind of scary taking on these responsibilities, yet it's also a ton of fun. I'm so thankful I get to work from Seed Company offices in Arlington, and be surrounded with wise and experienced co-workers who help me constantly and patiently answer all my questions.
I have a special opportunity in front of me as I'm leaving today for a 2-week trip to Côte d'Ivoire. A 3-week Orthography Workshop started in Abidjan in the beginning of August. 4 of the translation teams in projects that I am working with are participating in this workshop - the Worodougou, the Wojenaka, the Koyaga, and the Koulango-Boundoukou. So this presents a unique opportunity for me to meet with them and see them in action. This will be my first chance to meet face-to-face with these mother-tongue translators. Please pray for God's anointing over these connections.
(meeting with the Koulango-Bouna team in Abidjan last summer)
I'll also be traveling again to spend several days with the Nyarafolo translation team in Ferké. Remember, this is where Danae, Nadia, and Sean were all born - I LOVE going there. It's always felt like my home away from home! I'm so looking forward to reconnecting with my Nyarafolo friends and hopefully encouraging them to keep pressing on in their work.
There have been some recent conflicts and unrest in West Africa. Perhaps you saw the news about attacks in Ouagadougou on Sunday night. These situations make it especially necessary to be very cautious and vigilant as I will be traveling in West Africa. Please pray for peace and safety.
Our whole family is going through some really major transitions these next few weeks!
Tena is teaching special needs students again at Alexander Elementary here in Duncanville.
Danae and Rodney are moving 5 1/2 hours west to Odessa, TX. Rodney just got a job teaching 9th grade Science. We're going to really miss not having them close by.
Nadia has been accepted as a missionary with Pioneer Bible Translators, and is working at seeing God provide for her own Partnership Team as she works with Missionary Kids. Check out her Partnership page - https://pioneerbible.org/NadiaWalkinshaw - We're so proud and thankful for her!
Sean has decided to pursue missionary aviation! He transferred from university in Leavenworth, KS to Moody Bible Institute Aviation program in Spokane, WA! We just got him moved up there this past weekend. It's going to really hard on all of us having him so far away!
Again, I’m very thankful for how God provides for our monthly financial needs through our partnership team. We are so blessed through all your prayers and sacrifice.Thank you!
Pat & Tena Walkinshaw
335 Partridge Run Dr
Duncanville, TX 75137
Pat (214) 336-2578
Tena (214) 336-2575
*to give online:www.wycliffe.org/
*or make checks payable to Wycliffe and send to:
Wycliffe Bible Translators
P.O. Box 628200
(note with check - “Preference for the Wycliffe ministry of Pat and Tena Walkinshaw, account #285624“)