Our staff had the opportunity to sit in on a recording session, as a Wycliffe team are producing a dubbing of the Jesus film.
The script, based on Luke’s gospel, has been a number of months in the making [we mentioned this task in our last newsletter ] and, over two weeks, 25 roles are read by 18 people from the Central Buang area. The young man pictured in the centre was reading two lines in his portrayal of the angel Gabriel (Luke 1) – a nerve-racking experience before a crowd of ‘gawkers’. The sound technician, Emos, was encouraging him to ‘tok aut strong’ (speak up), and then added a bit of angelic echo effect to add to the ambiance.
The older fellow [blue shirt] to his right is Mose, the senior co-worker who has been involved in the translation work in Central Buang over several decades. He has been instrumental in developing the script with SIL translator Bruce Hooley, and was tasked with the village casting for the recording.
One of our Guesthouse flats acts as recording studio, editing suite, and home for the three-man technical team for two weeks. At other times, these sessions are conducted in the village, with the advantage of a steady supply of back-up vocalists. The benefit here in Lae, is that the PNG nationals involved can focus on the task away from the distractions of everyday life – the downside being that this takes them away from family, gardens, and often leadership roles in their village and churches.
It is encouraging to see their commitment to this project, and the confidence that such a resource will be used by God to turn people to Himself.
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? and how are they to hear without someone preaching?….. So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:14,17
Please pray …
- that the powerful ‘preaching’ of the Jesus film will see many come to know Christ
- thanking God for the creativity of those seeking to proclaim the gospel in every tribe and language
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