Excerpts from the Martins' Memos - June, 2019

Martins' Memos

Duncanville

Texas, USA

June 2019


Grandchild number 8 arrived April 13th, 2019

Jason and Anne had a 9.5 lb baby girl on April 13th, 2019. They named her Saoirse Abigail Martin. Saoirse is pronounced “Sear-sha” and is of Gaelic origin and means Liberty. Abigail is of Hebrew origin and means Father's Joy.

Saoirse Abigail Martin (at 2.5 weeks)

 

Adapt It developments

The Adapt It team released version 6.9.4 on May 9, 2019 just 9 weeks after releasing the previous version 6.9.3. As the software development team gets problem reports or suggestions from field users, we give high priority to fixing those problems and and evaluating suggestions that may improve the effectiveness or usability of the program. One of Adapt It’s part-time developers is Mike Hore, who is also a translator using Adapt It between two Aboriginal languages in northern Australia. When Mike realized that the existing consistency checking process in Adapt It could use some substantial improvements, he went to work and greatly improved that process in Adapt It. After testing his improvements we quickly released version 6.9.4 to make those improvements available to other field users.

Holiday in Cape Canaveral, Florida

Last Fall we planned a trip to Florida and coordinated our plans with Joel and Rebecca, who were also planning to holiday there from May 18th – 25th. While there we planned to use our annual passes to visit the Kennedy Space Center on several days during our time in Cape Canaveral. We had purchased the annual passes the year before, in June 2018, so they were still valid the entire week we were there.

During our trip planning process, we hoped there might be an actual rocket launch while we were in Cape Canaveral. We got a little excited when SpaceX scheduled a Falcon 9 for a night-time launch for May 15th with a backup launch window for May 16th. However, those initial launch dates would have taken place before our arrival in Florida – around the time we were planning to depart from Dallas and start driving to Florida. As we traveled, we listened closely to the news, and got even more excited when the launch was scrubbed for both the 15th and 16th and rescheduled for a week later on May 23rd – at 10:30pm during the time we would be there in Cape Canaveral.

Joel watched the announcements from SpaceX and the Kennedy Space Center closely, and managed to buy special VIP tickets for the whole family to view the launch from just 3.4 miles away from the launch pad – at the LC-39 Observation Gantry. The launch was awesome! It deployed 60 Starlink communication satellites from that single launch. One more item ticked off from our bucket list...

Family and Grandchildren Pics

A photo taken prior to the 10:30pm night launch, from the SpaceX official feed.
The green arrow points out the lights from our VIP viewing site in the background.


Torin (7), Kaya (6), Caellum (2), Lenore holding Saoirse (2 months), and Jachin (4)

Bill swinging Lily (4), Mari (7) and Sam (6)

We thank you for your prayers, partnership and encouragement!

 

Your servants in His grace,

 “And God is able to give you more than you need, so that you will always have all you need for yourselves and more than enough for every good cause. (2 Corinthians 9:8).

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” (Psalm 127:3)

 

Praise Items:

Prayer Items:

ž We praise the Lord for providing the skills and wisdom needed to develop useful Bible translation software.

o Pray for the translation teams working around the world, that they would bear much fruit and make good progress in translating the Bible.

ž We praise the Lord for the wonderful children and grandchildren He has given us, and for His protection over them.

o Pray for wisdom to be good and Godly grandparents to our eight grandchildren.

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