The long awaited final check on Romans 9-16 and Ephesians is complete. We are pleased at how it went. The hearers were tracking pretty well even when hearing fairly large sections. There were a few spots they struggled more to understand. We have some ideas as to how we can improve those sections to better match the Biblical source language text. Some of these abstract concepts are difficult in any language. We noticed the first afternoon they were getting pretty tired and it was affecting their performance. But aside from that the check went as we hoped. What’s exciting is to hear these Simbari men grasping these deep truths from God’s Word communicated in their own language. Thanks to all you who prayed. We also are thankful to the translation consultant, Greg Melendes, who took time from his own translation project to help us with this check. After making a few adjustments to the text we’ll be able to print it for the Simbaris to use. We’ve got several other books in later stages of the translation process that we want to have ready for checking as soon as possible. After completing the translation check David began a course in discourse and translation.
Technology tidbit: While we were out in town one of the Simbari men was able to use a mobile phone to be an encouragement to a brother who lives in the capital city. He put the phone on speaker and shared a message from the Word of God over the phone in the Simbari language. It’s nice to see the believers using whatever means available to use the Scriptures in their own language for equipping other members of the body of Christ.