Follow-up visit to finish what we started
The mission - Zambia
They completed The Living Christ audiovisual program in Fwe and KwaMashi. And after listening back to the first few chapters of Luke in Shanjo, they decided to re-record everything.
To check the first recordings which Michael recorded last year and to re-record bits where readers made mistakes during the initial recording sessions, where portions were skipped or where words were not pronounced correctly.
Emese Ferreira accompanied Michael Ropp (recordist) on this trip as text consultant.
ABOVE: Michael re-recording the Fwe language with Christopher.
Another follow-up trip necessary
In-between editing the recordings he had done, Michael has already started arrangements for a follow-up trip. The aim this time will be to check and finish The Living Christ in Makoma and Kwangwa, and if there is enough time left, also in Shanjo.
ABOVE: Recording the Book of Luke with the Shanjo translators.
We also need to start preparing the first sets of materials to back to Zambia with Michael on this next trip. But the logistics still need to be thought through and planned in detail.
ABOVE: Riaan binding The Living Christ flipchart books for the field. Riaan has to bind another 100 flipchart books to go back to Western Zambia over the next 6-12 months.
A peep through one tiny hole into the spiritual need
In parts of Western Zambia people believe in the power of the dark spirit of the crocodile. Crocodile brains makes powerful "muti" (traditional medicine). It is brewed up along with curses uttered by the Sangoma (witch doctor). Many become sick, mad and even die.
Some parts of Western Zambia are very remote. And in the rainy season some plains are inaccessible. One organisation working towards the Angola border undertakes outreaches by canoe to some remote villages. At some of these villages there are still no churches or known believers.
On the home front we felt a strong urge to constantly intercede for Michael and Emese while they were working in Zambia. Every phase of this work need to be covered in prayer and by the blood of Jesus. Please pray for Michael as he works on the recorded content. Also pray for the logistics to fall into place for the next upcoming trip.