Mark & Sharon Sweeting

Location:

Jos, Nigeria

Contact:

Email Mark  - - Email Sharon

Important Dates:

Mark's Birthday: December 12th

Sharon's Birthday: January 17th

Anniversary: November 29th

On the Field Since: September 1st, 2010

Mark & Sharon's Story:

Raleigh has been home for the Sweeting’s for the past thirty years while  Mark worked in construction and Sharon in IT. They always had an interested in missions and attempted to go overseas three times in the 80s and 90s but door always closed. As their kids moved off to college and marriage, they became involved with short term missions with their home church, Crossroads Fellowship. Mark and Sharon became short term mission leaders, taking teams to Romania and Kenya. While they were preparing a team for Kenya God called them to return to the site and finish the construction management of what is now the Deaf Bible Training and Translation Center. The construction management was supplied by Wycliffe Associates (WA), the org they then joined. WA formed in the 60s to mobilize lay people to become involved in missions mainly with construction projects. WA now recruits for many different support roles and very recently for Translation Consultants.

 
 

While they were preparing a team for Kenya God called them to return to the site and finish the construction management of what is now the Deaf Bible Training and Translation Center. The construction management was supplied by Wycliffe Associates (WA), the org they then joined. WA formed in the 60s to mobilize lay people to become involved in missions mainly with construction projects. WA now recruits for many different support roles and very recently for Translation Consultants.

Sharon and Mark were asked to move to Nigeria and oversee the WA presence once the Kenya project was finished. Mark became the Program Manager and Sharon worked with IT support and publishing. Because of theological education Mark received years ago, he was encouraged to consider becoming a Translation Consultant. After prayer and counsel he became a consultant in training in December 2013. In Nigeria, that has over 500 languages, 300 without one verse of scripture, the actual translation work is done by nationals. Consultants meet with the national translation teams to check the work for linguistic and theological accuracy. Lack of consultants is the #1 bottleneck in getting translated work printed.

Sharon is involved IT support and training, typesetting/publishing and assists on partner, The Seed Company, with logistical support for the many Consultants that come on short term visits.

It is their intention to continue serving in Nigeria for the next ten years.

Prayer Requests:

  • Safety and emotional/spiritual/physical health as we live and work in a challenging environment
  • Strength and wisdom and we enter into new, critical roles to advance Bible translation

Needs:

  • Increase monthly support.
  • One time needs of vehicle and new batteries for electrical back-up system. We receive electrical power about 4-6 hrs a day and maintain a battery system for back-up power. 

Ways to Connect:

  • Newsletter: Email Mark if you would like to be added to our weekly email update.  
  • Address: 
    • Stateside: 4613 Red Jasmine Ln, Raleigh, NC 27604
    • Nigeria: Nigeria Group, PO Box 953, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria