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Monday 14 April 2014

Greetings Didier!

We were praying for the Kouya Jesus Film this morning in the Belfast Wycliffe office…

I was remembering when I observed Philip & Heather and Emile and the team having Luke consultant checked in Daloa – and there was so much spiritual opposition. Two snakes, one rather nasty, appeared in the garden. The telephone was cut off. With quite a few visitors expected for the checking, the toilet apparently blocked itself. Clare, a short termer, was mysteriously and painfully ill. Coincidences perhaps, but the passages being checked were about the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ the Son of God.

But Luke was checked and printed and I had the privilege of travelling back to Cote d’Ivoire in 1998 with Philip carrying the Gospels of Luke printed in Belfast and visiting all 13 Kouya villages to distribute them.

Ezekiel reading Luke to the chief of Dediafla

Ezekiel reading Luke to the chief of Dediafla

And then the NT was completed and arrived in Abidjan in 2002 the day after all the Wycliffe expatriates were evacuated.

Ambroise and Didier unpacking the Kouya New Testaments in Abidjan

I was so upset at the frustration and sadness of the 10 year delay until the joy of the dedicace in March 2012.

 

Procession of the Kouya New Testaments

Procession of the Kouya New Testaments

And now! The Gospel of Luke provides the script for the Jesus Film! Praise the Lord!

Previewing Kouya Jesus Film

Previewing Kouya Jesus Film

May God use the Jesus Film powerfully to grow His Kouya church!

Que Dieu te benisse!

John

Based on an e-mail that I sent to Didier. Photos added.

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Imagine seeing a film telling the story of Jesus: seeing him and all the other characters in the story; hearing them speak in your own language – perhaps the first film ever made in your language.
What an impact that would have!

During two weeks in March, Kouya voice actors recorded the parts of Jesus, his disciples and all the other characters in a makeshift recording studio in the village of Déma, sound proofed by foam mattresses placed against the walls.

Recording studio

Recording studio

Tra Didier in the studio with technician

Tra Didier in the studio with technician

Prayer requests were e-mailed daily from Côte d’Ivoire: for good health for actors and technicians; for reliable electricity; for actors turning up on time; for no rain during the hours of recording…
In fact there was heavy rain – and that was great news for the local farmers – but not if you are recording in a building with a tin roof!

In fact Henry and Rosmarie Knecht, the main technicians, got malaria and had to spend a few nights in a hospital an hour’s drive away.

But it was all completed on time! Henry and Rosmarie recovered in time to catch their flights from Abidjan. A digital draft of the Jesus Film has been shown in Déma, lots of people came to see it and can’t wait to get copies of it.

Previewing the draft Jesus Film

Previewing the draft Jesus Film

Bai Emile with family and friends in his courtyard

Bai Emile with family and friends in his courtyard

We give thanks that the Kouya Jesus Film has been completed and pray for the final stages of production and distribution, so that the Kouya church can use this powerful tool to bring others to faith in Jesus.

The Jesus film has been produced in over 1,200 languages – more than any other film. Find out more about the Jesus Film and its impact worldwide at www.jesusfilm.org

 

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I’m very excited about something that is happening in the village of Déma in the middle of the Ivory Coast this week! The Jesus Film is being recorded in the Kouya language.

jesusfilm

The Jesus Film Project website makes this claim…

Every eight seconds, somewhere in the world, another person indicates a decision to follow Christ after watching the “JESUS” film.

I got this e-mail from friends and colleagues Philip and Heather Saunders…

Starting this week is the recording of the Jesus Film into Kouya. We are all excited about this: the translators and recording team in Ivory Coast, the local Kouya Christians, and the Arthurs, Hamiltons and ourselves, who worked together for many years in the Kouya area.

An experienced Swiss couple, Henry and Rose Knecht, have undertaken Jesus Film recordings in a number of Ivorian languages, and we praise God that they have made the time to include Kouya among these.

The recording is to take place in Dema village where we once lived, and translator Emile is having our house prepared for the Knechts to stay in. Mattresses are being purchased to create a studio, and block out the village sounds.

Kouya New Testament dedication March 2012

Kouya New Testament dedication March 2012

A recent update from Eddie and Sue Arthur includes…

Sue spent time helping the Kouya team in Ivory Coast work on the script for the Jesus film. The excellent translation of Luke’s Gospel needs to be adapted to fit the needs of the film which isn’t always straightforward, but Sue was able to help the team think through different possibilities for the adaption. According to Didier in Abidjan, Kouya is still in her blood!

In the future Kouyas may be able to watch and listen to the Jesus Film in their language via their smart phones… here is another Jesus Film blog I spotted this morning about Bete, another Ivorian language!

 

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