For me (Benjamin) everything is as crazy as remembered, for Scott, the different sights and smells are blowing his mind, “like something he is used to seeing in pictures or on TV.”
The translation work is going well, albeit somewhat slow. The internet connection both here and over in Senegal has been somewhat sketchy. Dakar is the capital city of Senegal, and has been having power outages during the past few days. This has led to some dropped connections every so often. The work is going forward, however, and Csaba will be done checking the translation through chapter 12 of Luke by noon tomorrow (Saturday).
Scott has been was able to help the local web administrator fix the internet connection by removing some faulty equipment from service. Scott has also been working on setting up the computers for the internet connection via a mobile phone modem. The connections are finally operational after a lot of work. He has been a huge help to Csaba as well in getting everything completely backed up and creating an easy restore process for the guys to follow when they have computer problems in the future.
I have been working helping Scott by translating things into French as he has been working to keep the internet going so that Csaba can keep the checking going. I have also been working on fixing the audio recording equipment that is damaged, and recording the Scriptures, and training Csaba’s Bakwé colleagues, Perez and Firmain, in how to use the new equipment. To date we have recorded Galatians, and James, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and some of the Gospel of John. The recording quality is really high and the guys are picking up on the new mixer and software well. And for a real point of praise, I accidentally broke a piece of the audio gear today, but am able to get a replacement taken out by Kjell who is leaving 6am Saturday morning. So thankfully beyond the extra work of finding a replacement and arranging for Kjell to pick it up, things will be able to continue without any problems. God is very kind. I am looking forward to giving the guys additional training on the audio equipment tomorrow and next week.
So overall things are on track and going well. God has been prospering our work… and we are looking forward to being in the village after a few more days of Abidjan.
Benjamin, for us all