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Welcome to Illuminating the Word!

Since 2009, Jeremy and Sara Brown have been ministering with Wycliffe Bible Translators in the Republic of Congo, working to bring the Bible to Congolese people in the languages they understand best.

The Missionaries:Jeremy and Sara Brown
Their Children:Peregrine (Perrin) and Paladin (Aldin)
Ministering to:The Republic of Congo
Project summary:Create Bible story videos for 25 Old Testament passages that are being translated into 5 Congolese languages by a group of Congolese Bible translators.

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
June 16, 2014

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
I've been working since late October on the next Bible story video for the five-language translation project: Joseph (Genesis 37-46).

I'm happy to say that they are now available to view and download on Vimeo!

12-Engungwel: Dzədzef from Bibles au Congo on Vimeo.

On average, I was able to create a video for one chapter in all five languages each week. At the end I appended all the chapter videos together and tacked on a title at the front and credits at the end to produce the final video for each of the five languages. Each video contains 9 chapters of Genesis and lasts about an hour.

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.


Saturday, December 3, 2016
I wanted to share a little status update on the Bible story videos that I'm working on for the five language translation project in Congo.

07-Kituba: Abalami from Bibles au Congo on Vimeo.

I'm currently working my way through Genesis. So far, we have a video for the Creation (Genesis 1), for the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11), and for the life of Abraham (Genesis 11-22). I'm getting really close to finishing the Joseph story and I hope I can get that done before the end of the year.

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:
  • create a script based on the English Bible for my ease of reference
  • match up illustrations or photos for each verse or portion of a verse
  • add pan and zoom effects to the still images
  • add sound effects where appropriate
  • find music that adds to the mood but that doesn't overwhelm the voice script too much
  • tag the audio file for each language with verse reference numbers and other markers so the images can be automatically aligned by the computer with the markers in the audio
  • run the program that processes all that int a video project
  • make subtle tweaks for each language. The length of the video in each language is affected by how quickly or slowly the voice actors spoke.
  • launch the video software and produce the project into a video file
  • review the video and make any needed changes
After the Joseph story is done, I'll finish up a few other stories in Genesis like Noah and the Flood. Then I'll move on to working on the Exodus passages.

Interested in seeing the videos we've been working on? Check them out at

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.


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Due to political reasons, the final checking seminar for the five-language translation project had to be postponed until May 9.

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.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015
All's quiet here as we go to sleep, and the internet's up, so I thought I'd post a little status update.

We are having team meetings this week, so team members from other parts of Congo are currently staying in Brazzaville with us, including more kids for our kids to play with. Today ended up being a non-work day. Our neighborhood was very quiet, except for the happy shouts of our children as they raced around the center playing together. We all ate a communal lunch in the dining hall, and the kids all watched Surf's Up - they were bouncing around the room on imaginary surfboards by the end of the movie.

Pray for good team meetings for the next 3 days, and peace and safety for all of Congo.


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