Support the Rowbory Family
David and Julie Rowbory with their daughters Rebekah, Elizabeth, Abigail and Helen are based in Jos, northern Nigeria, with Wycliffe Bible Translators UK. David is a translation consultant - focussed on training and quality control for several Bible translation teams.
With wonderful support from church, friends and family we got through 2 years or so of training in Nairobi. In February 2011, after a year or so in the UK, we had raised enough financial support to take up our assignment in Jos, northern Nigeria to put all the training into practice.
Late in 2012 we returned to the UK for the birth of Abigail, and to catch up with supporters and explain a bit about the work we've been involved with, then resumed our work and life in Jos in August 2013.
After nearly 2 years in Jos, we returned to Glasgow for the birth of Helen in June 2015 and are gearing up to return as soon as possible in 2016.
2015 summary video
How are we doing now in terms of support?
In short: We always need people to pray for us, we often have little practical things we could do with help with, and having had a shortfall in 2015, financial support is now sufficient for us to return to Nigeria.
Printable Profile (350K PDF)
with more background information, details and options for supporting us.
How could you support us?
1. Pledge to pray for us
- Wycliffe Bible Translators and our main sending church (The Tron Church, Glasgow) need to know that we have a good team of people who will particularly pray for us, at least for the next 2-3 years.
- Can you email us if you feel you can commit to that?
- Perhaps you could choose a day of the week or month and commit to praying on that particular day. Let us know, and that'll encourage us too.
- For our part we try to send at least monthly updates to let you know what we're aware of God doing in our work, to help inform your prayer partnership with us.
- For now (early 2016), we'd value prayer for:
- Medical checkups to happen quickly for our medical clearance.
- Help finding suitable antimalarials at a reasonable price.
2. Pledge financial support
- If you've been supporting us for the last few years then you'll know that Wycliffe Bible Translators don't pay a salary, but each member from the Director down to the newest recruit relies for income on God's provision through friends (and relatives).
- While we're all for working with our hands to earn our keep (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12) the truth is that it's particularly hard to do that and have sufficient time to dedicate ourselves to something like Bible translation.
- Paul's ministry was really helped along by fellow Christians giving him financial support (Acts 18). So if you're able to give regularly to support us, that will let us devote ourselves properly to supporting Bible translation.
- Please look at the Wycliffe site, email us or email Rebekah Wake if you'd like more information about supporting us financially. It's not difficult, but we do need to give particular details so that you can be sure gifts don't get lost along the way.
- UK taxpayers who supply their address can ask for Gift Aid to be reclaimed so that gifts given to Wycliffe Bible Translators (a UK charity) to make the work we do possible are bumped up to their pre-tax value. (The HMRC treats us as self-employed and we have to report and pay tax on our income, so this helps avoid tax being paid multiple times.)
- A commitment to regular gifts (perhaps through a standing order) makes our budgetting much easier, but if you'd like to give to support our setup costs or some other one-off thing, that's going to be helpful too.
- Financial situations change all the time, so please if you've been supporting us and then face a time of hardship don't feel bad about stopping financial support. It would just be handy to know a little in advance.
- You can give directly through Wycliffe Bible Translators by Credit Card or Direct Debit, one-off or regularly.
3. Other things
- Perhaps if you're a partner in prayer you could also be an advocate for us:
- Share prayer news and some of the highs, lows and daily grind of Bible translation and cross-cultural life with others at church, in the family or elsewhere.
- When coming to and from Glasgow/UK, there are all sorts of practical things that we need help with. Some people have been a tremendous help with
- Storing some of our UK-based belongings (winter clothes, gradually dwindling quantities of books, etc.) that we don't need or can't take to Nigeria.
- While we're in Nigeria there are other handy practical things that are helpful and make us all feel loved:
- Posting us little packages from time to time. (Get in touch about the address and for ideas of what might be worth sending. Small packages are best and normally get through in 2-4 weeks, but can sometimes take longer.)
- Help with downloading large things on the internet to send to us.
- Posting postcards or birthday cards from time to time. (We love this and several Tron church people have been brilliant at it.)
- Maybe you could visit us and see what we're up to yourself.
- We'll be honest: Nigeria isn't high up on most peoples' bucket lists, but we really appreciated a visit from Tron Church friends in 2013.
- Finally, maybe you should come and join the Bible translation team in Nigeria or elsewhere in the world. There's only 3000-odd languages still without a word of scripture in the world, 300 of which are in Nigeria. The kind of people who could definitely contribute would be:
- Linguists, Scientists, especially teachers
- Computer people - especially folk good with fixing odd hrdware/software issues and training new users
- Theologians, Pastors, Bible teachers - with a passion for helping people understand and live lives shaped by the Bible
- …and probably lots more.
Getting in touch
Email us both at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Email individually: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (Note that our old wycliffe.org addresses have been transformed into slightly different .org.uk ones as of early 2015.)
Whenever we're in the UK you can call us on 07754860823 (Julie, new number from 2015) or 07707726988 (David).