Archive for May 2007
Hi from Cameroon! We (and all our luggage) arrived in Cameroon yesterday evening. Curtis and I met the third member of our group, Alan Hood, on the plane from Paris to Yaounde. We spent most of today getting oriented and organized. We leave early in the morning on our first trip, and we don’t expect to be back in email contact until around the first of June.
View and share on YouTube: Welcome to Cameroon.
Our trip from Dallas to Yaounde, Cameroon, involves a two-day stop-off in Paris, France. Between my poor French and many Parisians’ much better English, we’ve been getting around pretty well overall. Now, it’s nearing bedtime, so we’ll sleep and then get up and catch the plane to Africa! In the meantime, here’s a little video to give you a taste of recent adventures:
Departure time is coming fast! I just sent out this email update. If you’d like to be added to my email list, please let me know. The content of email updates is not generally duplicated on TTB.
(Oh, and speaking of email, did you know you can receive TTB posts by email? It’s super easy, but please note that videos will not show up at all in emails.)
Je vais au Cameroun! (I am going to Cameroon!)
Cameroon is a French- and English-speaking country in Middle Africa (http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/nytmaps.pl?cameroon). Though French and English are the official languages of government and business, Cameroon’s people speak about 270 different languages.
Central Africa, including Cameroon, is an area of the world with a huge remaining need for Bible translation. Hundreds and hundreds of languages are spoken across this region.
My international assignment with Wycliffe means that I undertake projects to serve people all over the world. This trip to Africa marks a new phase in the work that I am doing.
During the six weeks in Cameroon, I will be traveling with Alan Hood (a photographer for Wycliffe Canada’s Word Alive magazine: http://www.wycliffe.ca/wordalive/) and Curtis “Fjord” Hawthorne. Curtis and I knew each other at LeTourneau University, and now that he has graduated, he is exploring service with Wycliffe.
To find out more about our itinerary in Cameroon, and to see a map of some of the places we plan to visit, see Curtis’ most recent prayer letter at http://curtis.hawthorne.name/blog/2007/05/18/cameroon-update-1/.
While we are away, we plan to keep The Translation Beat updated with text, photos, and video — yes, video! Don’t miss out: http://djringer.com/translationbeat (Note: If you use a telephone line to connect to the internet, you may have difficulty playing our video clips. If you push “play” and then “pause,” the video will load completely if you wait, allowing you to view it without irritating skips and pauses.)
Curtis and I fly out tomorrow (Monday). Please remember us in your prayers.
Thanks to each of you for your part in this ministry!
Here’s a look at some of our final preparations for Cameroon: