Yesterday our Kids’ Bible club came to a close and although we are exhausted we have much to be thankful for.
Each day we started by playing a game like Red Rover, Leap Frog or Tug-of-War and the kids had a blast. There were even kids lined up in anticipation outside of our house well before we were ready to start the club. After that we taught them catechism songs which they loved. If nothing else, we are so encouraged to hear sung throughout the village “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God almighty who was and who is and who is to come.” Or “Who made me? God made me. In the image of God he created them male and female.” We plan to work with churches in the hopes that these songs will be used regularly in their children’s programs.
After that we had a very basic Bible lesson where we talked about the attributes of God, the incarnation of Christ and the importance of the Bible as the means to know what God is like. The kids were overall were attentive although there were difficult moments: screaming, crying, pushing kids off benches (and that was just our son Elias…). When we concluded the Bible lesson the kids colored pictures and they were just ecstatic. I do not know if they have ever colored pictures before. Their houses are mainly mud brick and dark inside with nothing on the walls. Now they have brightly colored pictures in their homes with Scripture verses on them. I imagine they will keep them for years. We even had teenagers proudly showing us their pictures waiting for us to say, “Wow, that’s beautiful!” We had a handful of markers that the kids had to share and they did. And then after that we gave them cheap 25 cent cookies. Getting them to form a line in order to receive their snack was pretty intense. Lines are something we deeply miss.
“Every word of God proves true” – Proverbs 30:5
Where does this leave us?
What this people group needs is the Word in their own language and years and years of faithful discipleship. This people group needs parents who know the Word who will be faithful to teach it to their children. But in the meantime, we pray that the Lord would be pleased to save some of the kids that find themselves on our porch. And who knows maybe they will be the ones who will grow up and help promote our dream to have a Bible that people can read in every Bakoum home.
Stacey is a wife, mom, linguist, and Bible translator. Right now she is working on the writing system for the Kwakum including how to mark tone. Literacy among the Kwakum is already beginning and translation is scheduled to begin in September 2019!
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Dave and Stacey Hare met at The Master’s College (now The Master’s University) in Santa Clarita, CA. They then went on to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY where they each received their MDivs. Also in Louisville, they adopted four kids from Ethiopia. Their first term on the field they spent learning French and Kwakum. For their first home assignment they each received a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics, Bible Translation from the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (now Dallas International University). They currently live in Cameroon, Africa where they serve as Linguists/Bible Translators among the Kwakum (aka Bakoum) people.