Post 68 / The Next Language

An Unsolicited Endorsement

It is always a blessing to get an endorsement from those you are serving.

To set this up, we got an invitation to record in the Mixteco: Yosoyua through a third party.  This was surprising because we did not even know of this language.  It turned out to be a very robust language group of over a thousand people.  Looking at the map we could see we had driven through this group of towns on the way to record Mixteco: San Pedro El Alto.  Marcos and Nathaniel recorded the Good News in that language and unknown to us the word got out to some believers with the Yosoyua.  The pastor Eusibeo Lopez Vasques let a mutual friend know that they needed what their neighbors got.

Between a couple of our other recording assignments Francisco and I did a fishing trip and indeed found that this language in the middle of several recorded languages was less than 90% intelligible with the nearest neighbors.  We asked for the Pastor and were told that he was out preaching in other villages but if we wanted to meet him we were invited to the evening service the next day.

When we arrived Pastor Eusibeo welcomed us warmly and gave us a meal plus a duplex to live and record in.  At the evening service he introduced us to several dozen believers with the following explanation.  “These people have come to give us the Gospel in our own language.  Years ago a Canadian came here talking about translating the New Testament.  He left and never came back.  He left a piece of paper that none of us could read and now we can’t even find it.  These people have come to put our speech into a sound that we will never lose.  It will be ours forever.”

Thus was set up a couple of days of intensive recording which was in effect recording practice for Patti and for Francisco.  After several weeks of very successful “fishing” Francisco had asked if he could upgrade to be a recordist.  We recorded two programs  with a total of over two hours of Bible Stories  from the series of 50 stories published by the Unfolding Word.

During the time with Eusibeo’s godly family we ate, harvested corn, and helped manage the burros, cattle, goats, and turkeys which were moved far enough away to not interrupt  the recordings.  We completed recording here after a couple of nearly all-night sessions.  We left feeling like we were very much part of the family.  This was a pre-Thanksgiving celebration for us all.

God Bless,

Larry DeVilbiss | Executive Director

Global Recordings Network USA

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Previous “The Next Language” posts
Oral Tradition – Post 67
Works of  Man – Post 66
Deliverance – Post 65
New Discoveries – Post 64
The Wall of Pain – Post 63
Is There a Place for the Gospel in Your Story – Post 62
The Love Pyramid – Post 61
Obsession – Post 60
Verb Tenses in Hebrews – Post 59
The Unseen Weapon – Post 58
The Gospel Arrives in Zapoteco:Elotepec – Post 57
Fishing – GRN Style – Post 56
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
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