For all of you who have joined me in prayer for my search for Western Tzutujil New Testaments, THANK YOU!!!! God is opening doors! After numerous dead-ends, I received the following e-mail this morning from the publications coordinator of SIL Peru:
Thanks so much for your interest in the Western Tzutujil people and bringing this need of a New Testament reprint to our attention. We will pursue the possibility directly. We will need to have some information before we can proceed with a reprinting. Perhaps you have access to some of the answers or can let me know of some contact so we can proceed with the reprint request.
What is the current status of the Western Tzutujil church?
How many believers are there? How many church attendees?
How many local congregations are there?
Is the church growing and at what rate?
How many of the Western Tzutujil people are literate and could use a copy of the New Testament?
Is there an ongoing literacy program in the Western Tzutujil language?
How many New Testaments should be printed?
Who would be willing to handle the importation, storage and distribution of the shipment of New Testaments?
Would the Western Tzutujil church be able or willing to contribute to the cost of reprinting?
You can imagine that it would be important for us to find the strategic answers so we can commit to the effort of republishing this New Testament. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated. We will also investigate other sources.
Thanks so much.
Obviously this is not the end of the road, but the beginning of a new one. I am so encouraged, though, to find that a reprinting is definitely possible! Please continue to pray more than ever that God will continue to open these doors and put scripture into the hands of the Tzutujil believers of Atitlan, Guatemala.