Great Success!!!

Greetings!  I’m happy to report that DOT workshop was very successful in Maseru, Lesotho.  There were 12 deaf translators who did a amazing job to complete 14 chapters of Mark.  Translation work is difficult and time-consuming but they made it through.  I post some great pictures below.  Check it out!

The workshop was at Scripture Union.  We did worship and started to teach them for translation work.

 

We were getting ready to set up a studio room for filming.  Next day, they did translation on final filming.  They also did edit videos after filming.

 

We did our own church service on Sunday.  We preached and shared testimony.  Later on same day, 6 deaf people were accepted Jesus as Savior in their hearts.  Praise the Lord!

 

The local media came by our workshop.  We showed them around and did interviews with them.  Later at night, they did a story about us on TV!

 

Lesotho is called Mountain Kingdom.  We wanted to go out to see landscape in Lesotho. So, we did a trip to Maletsunyane Falls on weekend break.  Landscape was absolutely amazing.  Waterfall is so spectacular!  Pictures don’t do justice!

 

They surprised me with my birthday party.  It was wonderful!

 

On final day, we received Lesotho hats as gift.  It’s beautiful.

 

Pray for them to continue their translation work after workshop.  They have a desire to have a deaf church in Lesotho.  May God bless them abundantly! 

My First Mission of 2020 is….Lesotho!

Lesotho

 

Greetings!  Hope you all have enjoyed Christmas and New Year’s Day!  I have enjoyed a month-long rest since Fiji event.  And now, I’m going to start 2020 with a bang!  I will leave for Lesotho which is located in southern Africa on this Friday (January 3rd).  There will be Bible translation workshop for deaf Christians in Lesotho for 2 weeks.  Really looking forward to it!  Please pray for me to arrive there safely and guide me to teach them and lead them.  Thank you for all your continued support!

 

Merry Christmas!!!

 

Greetings to everyone!  I just want to say Merry Christmas to everyone!  May God fill you with abundant joy!

2019 was most busiest and productive year for me.  I’m so glad for opportunities to grow for God’s Kingdom and myself in spirit.  I know God has working in me every day.  Will continue to learn every day.

In past year, I have met a lot of wonderful people in 9 countries who worked hard to translate God’s Word in their own sign languages.   I have seen people who sacrificed their time to serve the Lord and others.  They’re such a great example for all of us.  I’m truly blessed to have them in my life.  I’m very exciting for 2020 and looking forward what God plans for us!

May God bless you with a joy, loving and peaceful celebration this Christmas and all throughout the 2020!

Fiji – Final Report

Greetings everyone!  I came back home last Saturday from Fiji.  Needless to say, I was exhausted from long flight home and took time to adjust time difference which is 18 hours between Fiji and home.  Anyway, I’m happy to report that deaf translators were doing well that they have completed a whole book of Mark!  They worked hard to translate which can be difficult but they managed to complete by helping each other constantly.  I really enjoyed to watch their progress during 2 week workshop and make sure they were following our methodology.  I pray for them to continue to do translation in other books of New Testament.  After took so many trips to Africa in past, it was a nice change for me to learn Fijian culture, sign language, food, customs, etc.  Fiji is an absolutely beautiful country.  The water surrounding islands is spectacularly blue.  Never seen so much blue water in my life!  🙂

I want to share our pictures in Fiji during 2 week stay.  Check out pictures below!

 

Sammy Ropp, Pastor Chris Hughes and I went on trip to Fiji from USA.  When we arrived there, we went on bus for few hours and then took a boat ride to smaller island in Fiji.

 

We had a church service on Sunday.  It was wonderful experience especially the beach nearby.

 

After worship and devotion, the workshop began.  We taught them how to do translation in their sign language.  The progress went well for them.

 

They did final filming and video editing.

 

Fellowship, preaching, and last day of workshop

 

The beauty of Fiji

 

I hope you enjoy it!  It has been a great year for me.  I went to 10 different countries for missions in 2019.  Definitely not what I was planning at beginning of the year but I’m so glad to have opportunities like this.  Pretty soon, I will go to Lesotho in Africa for DOT workshop on January.  I’m really looking forward what God plans for me in 2020.  Should be an interesting year!  God bless you all!

Fiji trip!

Bula!  It means hello in Fiji.  It has been a while since I last blogged which is 2 months ago.  After many missions trips this year, I have decided to get some rest for 2 months.  Plus I need to raise financial support from individuals and churches.  I have not yet meet the support goal but I have made some progress.  Please pray for me to find more supporters and meet the financial goal.

Tomorrow (November 21st) I will go to Fiji for Bible translation workshop.  Fiji is located in southwest Pacific Ocean, near Australia and New Zealand.  Anyway, I will lead the workshop there and train them to translate their Fijian sign language.  It’s my first time to go Pacific Ocean region.  I’m really exciting to learn their culture, customs, food, sign language, etc.  There will be 3 of us on team, pray for us to arrive Fiji safely and guide us to train deaf translators.  Of course, I will share some pics with you for this trip.  God bless you all!

Fiji

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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