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!

 

Ivory Coast Final Report

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

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First week of workshop in Ivory Coast

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

 

Final filming

 

Deaf Church on Sunday

Benin Final Update

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