Posted in Bible Translation God’s Work in Cameroon Oral Bible Storying

Introducing…The Kwakum Bible Translation Team!

Meet the eight people that we have asked to work with us to translate the Bible into Kwakum! Throughout the years, we have worked closely with many Kwakum individuals and watched how they interacted with people, especially when they disagreed with each other. We have watched how teachable they were when criticized. We have also watched to see how capable they were in their knowledge of the Kwakum language. Then, this past month we put out an application to see who would be interested in becoming official translators with us. We received 18 applications, called references, interviewed people, and prayed….

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In honor of my mom, my dad, and my Lord

This is a message that I gave at my mom’s memorial service on Saturday, January 11, 2020 in California. Hi everyone, my name is Stacey and I am the proud daughter of Dan and Margie Edmiston. I am also somewhat of a guest here in that I live in Cameroon, Africa. My family and I moved to Africa in 2014 and that was all fine and good… until my Mom was diagnosed with cancer three and a half years ago. The woman who gave me life, raised me, and just wanted to be with her grandchildren was now a half…

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Happy for her, sad for us: My mom is now with Jesus

My mom’s three-and-a-half-year battle with ovarian cancer is over and it has been won. No more chemotherapy, no more pain, no more wondering if she will ever get better. She has finally been set free from the body that betrayed her and brought her so much sorrow. Her tears are being wiped away by Christ and she is surely singing, dancing, experiencing the height of joy in God’s presence. I must say that when I am not thinking about how much it hurts to lose her, I am really happy for her. Through this trial of cancer, I can say…

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Peace on Earth (soon, please)

One of the very few Christian Kwakum died tonight. He was in a terrible accident which involved at least two children, one of whom died. I played a very small part in helping with the situation as some of our World Team colleagues took the survivors to a hospital in a city about 40 mins from where we live. But as I went to help, I was stopped by some police officers. In spite of my pleas of emergency, they demanded a bribe. They kept me at the police stop for 20 precious minutes. And now that it is over,…

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Posted in Bible Translation Linguistics Literacy Oral Bible Storying

Selecting Kwakum Bible Translators Saturday

This coming Saturday will be a big day. On the literacy front, we will be administering a 10-page exam in Kwakum to determine who among our students is ready to receive a diploma and an “I can read in Kwakum” T-shirt (one of the many tools that we are using to get people reading…). In addition to students reading various texts and answering comprehension questions, they will be required to teach someone who has not participated in a literacy class the ABCs. We’ve set the bar high in literacy and so far people are rising up to this standard. On…

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Power Encounters Can Be Dangerous

I have told the story before of one of my neighbors was being routinely abused by her boyfriend. Although she wanted to separate from him, fear wouldn’t let her. Feeling at the end of herself, she reached out to a Christian woman who told her to pray against the power of the boyfriend in the name of Jesus. This woman did just that and then watched as her boyfriend’s feet became glued to the ground when he tried to walk into the house to do her harm. He struggled and struggled to be set free, but was unable to touch…

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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…

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Hurdles to Literacy and God’s Grace

Hurdles When we first moved to Cameroon, I was introduced to the machete which is all so common in daily life here. It is used to kill snakes, cut fingernails, slice vegetables, clear a field in the bush, plant seeds; it is used for absolutely everything. And yet, I had never known life with a machete, so I frankly didn’t see the immediate value of it (that has since changed). If “my people” have survived for generations without a machete, is it really that important? This is exactly the same question that is often asked among illiterate people when being…

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How Hard Can Translation Be?

I was once that young, bright-eyed, seminarian. I studied Greek and wondered at how easy it was to translate passages of Scripture that I already had memorized in English. And when I eventually heard that the vast majority of languages in the world (~91%) do not have the entire Bible, I was a bit shocked. I mean, we have had the whole of the canon for about 2,000 years. Surely, it should not be taking this long. How hard could it be? For those of you that are in the same place, or who at least are asking these questions,…

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Kwakum Converts Baptized Yesterday!

Yesterday, we, along with about 50 people, sang praise songs to Jesus and danced in the streets for hours. Why? Like my son Kaden said, it was because we were joining in with the angels in Heaven who were rejoicing over sinners who had repented of their sins. We walked through villages as people came out of their homes to see what all the singing was about until we reached the river where three Kwakum people were baptized (two out of the three are our close friends). Let me tell you how the Lord has dramatically changed the lives of…

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