For our first term we are charged with the task of learning Bakoum, analyzing it, and learning the culture. But then there are always bored children on our front porch looking for something to do or for someone to teach them something. We talk to them in Bakoum some, but are nowhere near the place where we can teach them the Bible in this language (need to get it translated first!). But we have more-or-less decided that would rather not wait to teach these kids the Bible and hopefully some of them can understand it in the French (this would be on top of language and culture study…for all my World Team friends reading this ;).
And so tomorrow we are starting a “5-day club” where we will be teaching them a few basics about the Christian faith. Specifically:
1. Who is God?
2. What is sin?
3. Who is Jesus Christ?
4. What did Jesus Christ do?
5. What is the Bible?
We are also excited to have found some catechisms / Scripture set to music in French that we will be teaching them and are hoping to hear them sung around the neighborhood (ie In what year was God born? None, he always was...)
And so, we would ask our fellow Christians to pray that this would be the generation that would be ready to receive the Word with joy once it is available. Pray that we would hear children singing Scripture around our neighborhood and pray for our children, that they would join us in seeking to engage this village for Christ.
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.