Greetings! I’m happy to report that I arrived home safely from Tanzania last Saturday night. I would like to share my experiences in Tanzania. The translators did a great job by follow our translation methods. There were some challenges but they stayed on course to complete their chapters of Mark. I believe they will continue translation work after workshop. Pray for them to have wisdom, guidance, and provision so they can continue to work. Check out some pictures we took in Dodoma, Tanzania. Hope you’ll enjoy it!
This is a deaf church in Dodoma. They built it in 2015 and still not completed yet. Hopefully, they will complete it soon.
We trained them how to translate. Translators worked hard to understand and apply God’s Word into their sign language.
They did a final filming of their chapters.
We preached God’s Word and shared our testimonies in the church service.
Group picture on the last day of workshop. I miss them!
Greetings! After South Africa event, we went to Malawi for 2 week DOT workshop on April 15th to 25th. The place where we held for workshop was in a remote area, far from cities. There are really fascinating villages and people in the area. A lot of mountains, trees, and ANTS! I never had seen so many ants all over at lodge but they’re harmless. Anyway, we had 10 deaf translators and they completed 6 chapters of Mark. They were worked hard and understood the verses very well. Pray that they will continue the translation work to complete Book of Mark and then New Testament. I want to share a lot of pictures that Sammy Ropp and I took in Mua, Malawi. I hope you enjoy it!
We did devotions and taught them how to translate God’s Word into their sign language.
Translators worked hard to translate and check their accuracy. They did final filming at the end.
This was where we stayed at the lodge. Beautiful place!
Mua School for the Deaf
We went to the deaf camp and church on the weekend. We worshipped and preached God’s Word.
We went to villages and later went up to mountains. We enjoyed seeing God’s creation, beautiful landscape.
Group picture! I have been blessed to be surrounded great people!
Greetings! It’s been 3 weeks since I arrived in Africa. I’m happy to report that I’m doing well in Africa. Right now, I’m in Lilongwe, Malawi and will fly to Tanzania next early morning (Saturday). I’m sorry it took so long to update my blog because of poor internet while I was in Malawi for 2 weeks. Now I want to share my experiences and photos in South Africa which happened on April 8th to 12th. The reason why we have this workshop is to upgrade tech work. In the past, we used tablets to recording the final filming for Bible translation so we have decided to start to use Canon camera to filming and use Final Cut Pro for editing videos. We invited leaders from Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania, Botswana, and Zambia. We taught them how to use camera for filming Bible translation and how to edit videos.
We started with worship and devotions. Then we taught them for using the camera. We also taught to set the equipment up.
Then we started to train them for editing videos.
Leah taught them for church involvement to support them.
We went out to Table Mountain in Cape Town.
Greetings, everyone! Yes, I’m going back to Africa again soon. This time will be for 3 countries (South Africa, Malawi and Tanzania). I will stay there for 5 weeks.
Recently, I was struggling with being burdened with a lot of responsibilities. I also had a health issue which I’m healed now. It usually happens a lot right before I go to missions but God strengthened my faith. Please pray for me for His strength, provision, and protection. I will post updates and pictures. Thank you very much for your continuing support!
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Greetings! I’m happy to report that deaf translators have completed 5 chapters of Book of Mark. I’m really proud of them after they faced some challenges. Most of them are in young age (20s). Pray for them for continue their translation work in near future.
I have been here in Africa for a month. It’s completely different world out here. Going back home is something I now look forward to with so much excitement. Don’t get me wrong, I have met wonderful people in Benin and Ivory Coast. I really enjoyed to see their progress for Bible translation. Bible translation is very difficult work and time consuming. It requires dedication, patience, and perseverance. Anyway, I will stay at home for a month and then go back to Africa on April for 3 more workshops in 3 different countries.
I have post some pictures on the last week of workshop in Ivory Coast. Enjoy!
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Checking their accuracy for translation except me!
Final filming (different angle of views)
Parfait taught them how to use a high quality camera and set up filming equipment. They also do editing video in Final Cut Pro program on laptop.
Group pictures on the last day
Greetings! Just wanted to let you know that 10 deaf translators are progressing well in the workshop in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. There were some challenges for them but they continue to work hard to translate God’s Word into their Ivory Coast sign language. We are taking a break for this weekend. We are looking forward to finish some chapters of Mark on this coming week. Pray for us to continue to do translation work and provide some encouragement for them.
Teaching methodology for translation, devotions and translators read chapters for Book of Mark
A lot of drafting on tablets and checking for accuracy
Deaf Church on Sunday
Greetings! I’m currently in Ivory Coast, getting ready for DOT workshop starting tomorrow (Monday). I want to update with Benin workshop which ended last Friday. They started slowly but they managed to finish most of chapters at the end of workshop. They completed 8 chapters of Mark with 2 more chapters nearly completed. I’m blessed to know our brothers and sisters in Christ in Benin. I pray that they will continue to translate to complete New Testament.
Please pray that deaf translators in Ivory Coast to give knowledge and understanding of God’s Word. And also, provide protection, wisdom, and guidance.
Check out pictures below. Some of them were taken by Sammy Ropp. Enjoy!
Checking and Final Filming
Culture dance show and kids at deaf school
Final day of workshop
We took a break for a weekend from workshop. We went to Ganvie, a city on the lake. It’s really fascinating. Ganvie is a village of roughly 20,000 people that stands on stilts in the middle of Lake Nokoue. The founders of the village fled there to avoid Fon warriors (Fon religious practice forbade their raiders from advancing on any people living on water), and in the roughly 500 years that have passed since, Ganvie has developed a prosperous culture within the constraints of life on the lake. The villagers of Ganvie travel almost exclusively by boat. They also created man-made land for school and church. So we took a ride on the boat through the village of Ganvie.
On next day, we went to deaf church. A deaf pastor asked us to preach for his deaf people. So we preached God’s Word and shared our testimonies. I think there were 60-70 people in attendance. We enjoyed our fellowship with them.
Greetings! Just wanted to share an update for our workshop in Benin. We arrived in Benin on Sunday night and started Bible translation workshop on next morning. There are 14 deaf translators and 3 interpreters. They made some good progress for last 5 days. We’re taking a break for this weekend and then go back to workshop on Monday for one more week. Here are some pictures I want to share…
The workshop was held at deaf school in Abomey-Calavi.
Teaching methods of Bible translation
More pictures at workshop
Deaf children at school