After a long time of praying and trying to make progress in having the Jesus Film translated into the Dadjo language, we are very pleased that there is finally some movement in that direction. The Jesus Film is a docudrama based off of the gospel of Luke, and it has already been translated into well over 1000 languages.
Early this morning, the Dadjo translators that Art works with boarded a bus to N’Djamena to be trained on making the Dadjo translation of the book of Luke fit the script and filming of the movie. There is a local Chadian in N’Djamena who is part of Campus Crusade who will do the training. This is just the beginning stage of this project. It will likely take a year or two to see the finished product, but we are very excited about the possibility of showing this film on the life of Jesus in Dadjo villages.
We would very much appreciate prayer through every stage of the making of this project and the impact it will have with the locals who watch it.
During Art’s time in Chad, he was able to visit friends in the village. One of these men owns a little boutique in the market. Art was surprised how empty his shelves were compared to all of the other times that he visited him in the past. It all has to do with the gov’t employees not getting paid. It had a trickle down affect that has hit even the small business men who are trying to sell cookies, soda, water, soap etc. Now his shelves are almost bare. Some of the hospital personnel have been paid a month’s wage, but they are still behind 3 months, so it has not made much difference. The schools will likely stay closed the rest of the year at this point. Up till today, there still has been no change.
On another note, Izzo’s older son who went into Libya to stay with extended family was kidnapped in July. Libya is controlled by many different militia groups that war against each other. There are two that kind of work together to run eastern Libya with it’s capital there, but it’s control even there is tenuous. So it has become a very unstable country. They demanded a ransom for his release which the extended family helped to pay, so Izzo is greatly indebted to them and now needs to figure how to repay them.
There are only a 2 more days of checking left for the book of Acts! We were hoping that around 12 chapters would be done in these two weeks(there are 28 altogether), but the work has been slower than desired. It seems that the consultant checking would go faster and smoother if the original back-translator would be available for these times of checking, but it has not worked out for him to participate in this way for quite some time now. We are thankful for the replacement back-translator and pray not only that he would be a good help for translation, but that he would be touched in an eye-opening way as he hears God’s Word spoken to him for the first time.
Back-translator: A person who interprets a document previously translated into another language back to the original language.
For example, he translates verses written in Dadjo back into French to see if the Dadjo translation is good.
We received news that one of the Chad language teams is unable to keep their scheduled time with the consultant. We are so thankful that the consultant is opening up this new vacancy time for us, and the Dadjo team, to start on the book of Acts. We were thinking it would be another year before Acts could be scheduled to begin the final phase of consultant checking, so we were both surprised and very pleased to hear of the news. We have two weeks for this, starting at the end of March, so although it is not long enough to finish the whole book if Acts, we should be able to get a considerable amount done (if everything goes well).
On another note, we are also thankful that Boko Haram has not made recent attacks in Chad in the past 2-3 months. Unfortunately, they are still making deadly attacks in the neighboring country of Nigeria. Just a week ago, they attacked and killed over 60 villagers including women and children.
The Sydney Morning Herald
It has been a week now since Art arrived in Chad, and after visiting people in the capital, filling out paperwork for being in country, and another day of travel to the village, he was finally able to start some work with the translation team last Saturday. Since then (apart from Sunday) he has spent everyday going over several chapters of Acts with the team, and twice so far they were able to take the stories from Acts to different villages to test the accuracy of their translation. Today’s testings have been going well.
On a casual note, Art was able to visit several people last Sunday, and while he was visiting with some of these people, it rained! Being hot season still, the rain was so welcoming and brought the temps down a good 10F/5C degrees for a couple of days. Now it’s creeping back up to 110F/43.3C.
Early this morning, Art started his long flight back to Chad once again. He’ll be away for almost three weeks in hopes to finish testing the book of Acts, the second to last step before publication. He wanted to finish all of the necessary revisions in Acts before leaving, but unfortunately, the last chapter still needs a lot of work. Ideally, it would be great if the translation team could work on this last chapter together with Art there between the “testing” sessions of the previous chapters.
We are so thankful for everyone who is making this trip possible for Art and for all the prayers for us and the Dadjo people!
Now that rainy season in gone, although the humidity still lingers, the first harvest is ready for the people of Chad.
There are two harvest seasons because of the different millet (the main food staple) that the people in central Chad grow: red millet, which handles a drier rainy season better, and white millet, which handles a wetter season better.
Of course if the season is perfect, both grow great. A friend of ours had it bad for a few years. One year, it was just plain dry and nothing wanted to grow. The following year, he planted more white millet than red assuming another bad year. Unfortunately for him, it rained too much and drowned almost his whole crop. So the next year he went after the red millet, and you can guess what happened. It was too dry, and the red millet died leaving his family with another very poor harvest.:(