Post 56 / The Next Language

Fishing — GRN Style

Only in retrospect have I become aware that we have followed the same pattern God chose to introduce Christ to the world 2000 years ago. At that time, John the Baptist was the fore-runner who showed up with an announcement about the One to follow.

Today, in several villages in Mexico, officials and residents are being approached by pescadores – language investigators who are following up on data in our language bank indicating that in such and such village there is a language that has never been recorded.

These pescadores have been trained to approach strangers with a small 2 ounce microphone/recorder and ask to be allowed to record a word list. This opens a conversation about the language and its use in the area and (we hope) ends with the permissions needed to record. These pescadores play samples from the 300 recorded languages of Mexico (on 5fish) to determine just how different the speech variety in question is. If necessary they go to the highest elected official in the area to get permission to record word lists. In one of the first villages the mayor promised a room to stay in and languages helpers for several language projects to come.

In the process the pescadores look for believers or “persons of peace.” They solicit an invitation for a recording team to return to record a set of scripts appropriate for the situation. They attempt to  build a connection between targeting that language and at least one local church. They are bridge builders between target languages and a follow-up Gospel recording team. They collect contact information with either the official or the potential language helpers. They leave a small speaker containing an SD card holding near-by-language GRN recordings and Spanish Bible audio files for language helpers to listen to and make a choice of stories they would like to later orally translate and record.

On the way out the pescadore notes the public transportation options for arriving at the village and the most practical point of entry.  (We learned several times that the first road in was often the worst. We also learned that many of the blocked roads had nothing to do with covid but with local politics and feuds).

Thus the pescadores (John the Baptist-like) prepare the way for recording teams to start capturing the roughly 100 languages left in Mexico that for one reason or another have never been recorded. Thanks to three of these trained individuals we have many invitations to record. We feel as if the high places have been leveled and the valleys filled in before us!

[Isa 40:3 KJV] The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

[Mal 3:1 KJV] Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

God Bless,

Larry DeVilbiss | Executive Director

Global Recordings Network USA


Previous “The Next Language” posts
A New Day in Mexico – Post 55
Seeking – Post 54
Pick Your Battles – Post 53
How Big Is Your God? – Post 52
A Muted Gospel? – Post 51
Dedication Service for Marcos – Post 50
Two Weeks, Two Months, Two Years – Post 49
What Will You Give to Jesus – Post 48
Special Assignment – Post 47
The Good and the Best – Post 46
How Many Languages Are There? – Post 45
Verifying Speech Varieties – Post 44
Those God Things – Post 43
Meet Notch, the Desert Cottontail – Post 42
The Lost Languages – Post 41
The Rest of the Yoke – Post 40
What About Those Last Languages – Post 39
A Yoke That Fits – Post 38
The Other Side – Post 37
It Is Finished – Post 36
On the Ground in Culiacan – Post 35
I Will Go With Thee – Post 34
Unseen Warfare – Post 33
God of the Gaps – Post 32
The Father of Faith Missions – Post 31
WAIT – Post 30
Our Ultimate Weapon – Post 29
What Are You Doing Here – Post 28
Recordist Training Course Update – Post 27
Still Shameful – Post 26
Numbers Update – Post 25
The Gospel and Idolatry – Post 24
Could Ye Not Pray – Post 23
John the Baptist and the New Normal – Post 22
Genesis of a Script – Post 21
Embena Experiences – Post 20
An Easter Like No Other – Post 19
Go Or Stay Home – Post 18
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