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
Greetings! Hope you all are doing well. After I got home from Peru, I only had a week rest before leaving for Africa today. This time I will go to Benin for 2 weeks and then Ivory Coast for another 2 weeks. I’m exciting for these Bible opportunities that God gives us. I’m looking forward to see deaf translators in both countries. Please pray for us to travel safe and for provision, protection, and guidance. And also, pray for deaf translators to understand and learn about God’s Word and be confident in doing translation.
Ivory Coast often called as Cote d’Ivoire in French. They prefer to be referred as Cote d’Ivoire instead of any other language.
Greetings! Two-week workshop just ended today. Deaf translators faced a lot of challenges but they persevered through workshop. Please pray that they will continue to translate and seek more deaf people to involve Bible translation work. I have enjoyed my time in Peru. The food was fantastic. I met truly wonderful deaf people in Lima. I pray that the Lord will strengthen their faith and they are continuing to serve the Lord. May God bless them abundantly! Check out some pictures I have taken for 2 weeks in Peru.
Arrived in Lima, Peru, went to Korean church on next day to present about Bible translation for the Deaf. We did sightseeing in Lima afterwards.
We trained deaf translators on first day. Few days later, a translator did a final filming.
We went to Magic water show on Saturday night. It was spectacular!
We went to deaf church on Sunday. It was their 11th year anniversary.
We went to Peru Bible Society. We had a great time with PBS deaf translators and interpreters.
Last day of workshop