Photo Essay: The Uttermost Part of the Earth

I (Steve) recently went to one of the most remote places on earth to size up whether I will fit in to the Edolo Bible translation project. I still need to discuss that with leadership here, but in the meantime, here are some photos.

Huya Airstrip

This was the view of the Huya Airstrip as we circled around in the airplane. Rain was coming, like normal. The house that Jan and Debbie Gossner built is just off the airstrip, but not visible in this photo. The clearing below the airstrip is a new school that went in just two years ago. I could hear the river (bottom right) each night as I went to sleep. The nearest road is a two-day walk away from that location.

 

Language Learning Lesson

I brought along a bag of toy animals to help me do a little language learning. Robin, a new translator, was pointing to one and asking me for the word for it in their language. Sugua is “pig”, nuba is “snake”…

 

Debbie Gossner shows photos

Debbie Gossner sharing photos she had just taken of some of the local kids.

 

Adagu and Duluba

Duluba (right) is the translation project leader, and has been working on the Edolo translation for twenty-five years. He, Adagu (left), and four other translators are now working on the project. Duluba is working on adding a second translation team, in part to speed up translation work.

Edolo church service

On Sunday, we attended the Edolo church service. The entire service, including the Bible reading, was in the Edolo language.

 

lumber run

The Gossners’ house needed some new posts and braces. Pastor Hamaga, one of the translators, shaped a board with an axe to use as a brace.

 

Edolo translation checking

One of the primary tasks in translation work is to check it with native speakers. Did the translation communicate what it should? Was it clear and natural? 23 men and 7 women (just off to the left of this picture) met together in one of their houses to check the book of James. The dog in the fire pit was just resting.

 

Mt. Sissa

The landscape is gorgeous in the area, and hard to capture adequately with photos. This is my favorite. Mt. Sissa, which can be found on maps, is in the center.

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4 Responses

  1. Janice C. Johnson says:

    I’m thankful for the work Wycliffe is doing! These photos bring it to life for me. Real people, translating the real words of the real God into the heart language of these precious people.

  2. Leslie says:

    That blue photo is amazing! So serene. Sounds like youre having fun there and learning so much. May God bless your work!

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