Tim Challies is Coming to Cameroon! (and you can help)

Some of you will be familiar with the Christian blogger Tim Challies who sometimes links to our blog. Challies is working on a new project with a mission organization called Frontline Missions and will be travelling with Tim Keesee. The project is called “Worship Around the World.” This is a documentary film series that will explore the different ways that God’s people worship him on Sunday all over the world.

Challies contacted me to see if we thought the Kwakum church would be a good place to make a stop. I recommended that he visit the Baka church instead. The Baka are a people who live in the forest not far from where we live. HERE is a post about a large baptism in 2012 among the Baka people. The Baka have a very unique worship style (they yodel!), and their services are not much like those in America, or even among the Kwakum people.

However, we also offered to have Challies come and see Bible translation firsthand among the Kwakum. So, during this trip he will also have an opportunity to see how we translate. The timeframe they are looking at will give us enough time to be in the flow of written translation. Right now we are finishing up the Oral Bible Storying workshops. In January 2020 we will do translator training. Starting in February 2020 we will begin written translation. We have decided to work through the parallel passages in the Gospels first, so we will be working with several books at the same time.

The Worship Around the World project is huge. They are planning to go to around 20 different locations. This is a great opportunity for the Western church to see outside of our church walls. It will also give all of us an insight into how we can be praying for the nations. Since it is such a big project, they are looking for help with financing. If you would like to learn more about the project, and how you can help, see the website setup with Frontline Missions HERE.

We are excited that we get to play a part in this project, and we are hoping it will stir interest in Cameroon, Bible translation, and Christian missions. Pray that the Lord would use this project to send more laborers into his field.

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Author: David M. Hare

Dave is currently still engaged in language learning and analysis of the Kwakúm language. His focus is grammar and discourse analysis. The Kwakúm language committee is planning to begin translating the Bible in the summer of 2019. At that point Dave will focus on translation.

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