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Welcome to Illuminating the Word!
This site contains more than 7 years worth of blog entries, photos and newsletters, and covers topics like our daily life, our work, vacations and more. We hope that you enjoy this glimpse into our lives.
- Jeremy & Sara Brown
People from Loutété watching the Joseph video in Dondo
In February, a team of mobilizers went to Loutété, a town in the Dondo-speaking part of Congo. Dondo is one of the languages that was part of the 5 language translation project. They went to train representatives from local churches there in how to establish a committee to take ownership of a Bible translation project in their language.
The mobilization team. Madel, the Congolese woman in the middle, is one of the three Dondo Bible translators.
Our Language Programs Coodinator, Andrea (2nd from the left in the photo above), wrote me an email about this trip, to tell me about the people's response when they watched the Joseph video that I helped produce.
One of the evenings we watched the video "Joseph" in Dondo. There are refugees who live at the parish because of insecurity in their region. Several of them came to join us.
Please pray for more opportunities for the translators and mobilization teams to show the videos, play the audio Bibles, and share the printed text of these passages from God's Word with the people in Congo who speak Dondo, Kituba, Mboshi, Ngangulu, and Southwest Teke.
I'm currently working on the Noah video, which will complete all the videos in Genesis. After that, I'll move on to stories from the Old Testament like David and Goliath, Elijah vs. the Prophets of Baal, and Daniel in the Lions' Den.
Please pray for God's continued help and inspiration as I prepare these videos, and that they will go on to speak God's Word into the hearts of the people who watch them.
I'm happy to say that they are now available to view and download on Vimeo!
I have a few more stories in Genesis, including Noah and the Flood, before I move on to Exodus and other passages.
I also created a PowerPoint presentation today to share with some colleagues about the process we're using to create these videos. If you're interested in seeing the 24 steps I've gone through for every video we're creating, you can check out the presentation here:
Video Creation Process
Please pray that God will use these videos to touch the hearts and lives of people in Congo who speak Dondo, Kituba, Mboshi, Ngangulu, and Southwest Teke.
In general, it takes me about a week to take one chapter and turn it into a video for all five languages. I have to:
Interested in seeing the videos we've been working on? Check them out at vimeo.com/BiblesAuCongo.
The Congolese language communities will be able to view this on the web or as the videos are distributed on physical media (DVDs, SD cards) by our colleagues in Congo.
In the meantime, we decided to take advantage of the time by starting the recordings of Exodus. Last week we recorded the Exodus passages in Ngangulu. Today we started in Southwest Teke. My colleague Brian and I have been taking turns running the recording equipment and we've worked out a pretty good workflow.
For our family, next week marks our exodus from Congo as we head home on May 6 to prepare for the birth of baby #3 sometime in August. Our last month has been a flurry of organizing and packing as we prepare for the trip.
Please pray for the translators to finish well with their checking seminar in May and their Scripture recordings after that. And pray for us as we finish packing and travel home.