Zimbabwe Report – A Success!

Greetings to all!  God bless you all!  I’m happy to report that Zimbabwe workshop went very well and have exceeded my expectations.  All 8 deaf translators have completed 2 chapters each which means a whole book of Mark is completed (16 chapters).  Praise the Lord!  They worked very hard to translate their Zimbabwean sign language.  They really helped and encouraged each other.  I’m very impressed!  I pray that they will continue to work on other books such as John, Matthew, Luke, etc.  I would like to share with pics we took during 2 weeks in Zimbabwe.

Nzeve Deaf Center in Mutare, where our workshop held.

 

We began the workshop with worship God and do devotions.  We did teach them our methods of how to translate God’s Word into their sign language.

 

They drafted with their chapters and do some checking.

 

After they done with extensive checking, they started to do final filming their chapters.  Due to lack of power in Zimbabwe, we used batteries to run filming lights.  Tech people also did editing work on videos.

 

On weekend break, we went to Vumba Mountains and a local luxurious resort.  We did hike up the mountains and enjoyed the views.  

 

We went to church.  About 40 deaf attended.

 

We went to deaf school in Harare on last day before we leave for home.  They teach deaf for life skills such as carpentry, cooking, sculpting, etc.

 

Some group pictures and random pictures…

 

Thank you very much for your prayers!  It greatly helped us!

God bless you all!

Zimbabwe trip

Greetings to all!  I’m making another trip to Africa soon, this time will be in Zimbabwe for Bible sign language translation workshop.  I will leave on August 30th, arriving in Zimbabwe on next day.  I will travel alone.  I will have 2 deaf Zambians on my team.  They will assist me to train deaf Zimbabweans.  Pray for us for guidance, wisdom, protection, good health.   Also, pray for all Floridians to brace for Hurricane Dorian, hopefully it will weaken or divert it to north without impact to American coasts.

I will update and share pictures with Zimbabwe DOT progress soon!  Blessings!

Zimbabwe

Honduras!

Greetings!  I’m very happy to say that Honduras mission trip was so wonderful.  We had an amazing time with deaf people in San Pedro Sula and at camp.  Pastor Marcos and his family, I just want to say thank you for your hospitality, letting us to stay at your home!  We really enjoyed it!

Pastor Marcos, his family and deaf leaders worked so hard to prepare for camp.  They chose this location for camp very well.  It’s beautiful landscape.  I want to share our pictures below.  Pictures really speak for themselves!  I hope you’ll enjoy it!

 

We were ready to leave for Honduras!  When we got there, we went to Puerto Cortes and Omoa for eating lunch and sightseeing.

 

We went to deaf school and played with kids.  Later, we had a meeting for preparation for camp.

 

They were getting ready to leave for camp.  They were happy to arrive at camp.  Later at same night, we were preparing for worship and preach.

 

We worshipped and shared God’s Word.  Great way to start a camp!

 

Beautiful landscape at camp!  We were looking forward for a busy day filled with activities and group sessions.

 

They were doing a play and then I was sharing my testimony and preached God’s Word.

 

They were doing crafts like making perfumes and lotions.  Afterwards, we did group sessions (couples, single men, single women).

 

We took a break from sessions and did activities such as swimming pool, playing soccer, games, and crafts.

 

Later at night, we gave bracelets with eagle charm to deaf leaders.

Pastor Brenda preached about salvation.  

 

Next morning, we worshipped and Pastor Marcos preached.  We also gave away clothes to people who are in need for clothes.

 

Group pictures!  It’s been a blessing!

 

Next year will be 20th annual deaf camp for Honduras.  We will definitely be there!  God bless you all!

Honduras, here we come!

Greetings to all!  I’m back on mission very shortly.  This time will be annual deaf camp in Honduras.  This is not Bible translation workshop that I have been on missions before.  It will be a nice change of pace for me.  I will be in a large group to travel to Honduras.  There will be 9 of us.  I’m really looking forward to be there and share God’s Word with deaf people in San Pedro Sula.  Please pray for us for safety, protection, provision and guidance.  Also, pray for deaf people in camp to open their hearts and be willing to change for the Lord.  God bless you all!

Prayer for our group at church

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Workshop was a SUCCESS!

Greetings!  I arrived home on Sunday afternoon.  Since then, I’m recovered from jet lag but still have nagging illness (travelers diarrhea).  It’s not fun but I know I get better soon.  But anyway, the workshop went so well, better results than I was expecting.  They have completed a whole Book of Mark!  I’m very proud of them.  They really helped and encouraged each other.  Pray for them to continue to translate for other books in New Testament.  I want to share pictures we took in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland, located in southern Africa).

 

Eswatini is a beautiful mountainous country.  The weather is cooler at this time of year, around 70 degrees during day and 40 degrees at night.

 

I began to lead a workshop and taught them to translate God’s Word into their heart sign language.  And, yes, there is a fire in the chimney!  It’s cold.  🙂 

 

We started the day for worship and devotions.  Then they started to working on Scriptures and expressing on their sign language.  We encouraged and helped them to understand God’s Word.

 

A lot of drafting on tablets and then get ready to set up a studio.  They started to work on final filming. 

 

Video editing training session

 

Group picture

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My next mission…

Greetings, everyone!  I just got home from Tanzania in Africa a month ago and pretty soon, I will go back to Africa again!  This time will be in Swaziland, one of the smallest countries in Africa.  It located in southern part of Africa between South Africa and Mozambique (see the map below).  They changed the name of their country to Kingdom of eSwatini.  Anyway, I will be there for 2 weeks for train 12 deaf translators at workshop.  I also will bring a deaf couple and their son who is an interpreter.  It’s their first time for mission.  I will train them as well.  Please pray for us for protection, provision, and guidance.  I’m looking forward to meet brothers and sisters in Christ there and what God plans for us.  Blessings!

 

Swaziland

Tanzania

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!

 

Final report for Malawi

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!

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South Africa Re-equip Event

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.

 

Group picture

Group picture

Here I go, Africa!

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!