Introducing the Book of Good News

In my (Stacey’s) experience, there is nothing more depressing than Kwakum funerals. Why are they depressing? Many reasons. First of all, they occur frequently, often due to preventable causes. Secondly, they are long; around six days of wailing and sleeping in the dirt. Third, they are riddled with traditions that do not honor God. For instance, attendees often try to divine the person responsible for the death of the individual (because they believe that most if not all deaths are caused by witchcraft) and this leads to false accusations, screaming, and violence. There are also traditions forced upon the bereaved so that they will not experience the same fate that occurred to the deceased (such as certain types of cleansing rituals). Fourth, harmful substances are used by young and old which leads, once again, to fights and violence. Finally, I have looked at corpse upon corpse knowing that they never heard the Gospel and that they are suffering in Hell…and I just can’t take it anymore.

Now, why have these people not heard the Gospel? Answer: Because the verses about Jesus simply haven’t been translated into Kwakum yet. Not only that, but there are key concepts that are not present in the Kwakum culture that must be taught. For instance, there not only is no word for grace or even gift but people literally do not understand the concept of receiving something with no strings attached. A gift given from a heart of love is totally foreign.

So, in response to seeing my neighbors die, I started writing a book called The Book of Good News in May and it has been published this week. I wrote the book in French (since I used many verses from the French Bible) and then our group of translators went to work to translate it. The result is that we now have it printed in Kwakum and plan to have it printed in French next month.

Click HERE to see an overview of what is contained in the Kwakum Book of Good News

This image is going to be in the Storybook Bible for Cain and Abel.

The Greatest Storybook Bible Ever

To those who have been following our ministry, you know that we are launching our translation project with a story-book Bible in Kwakum. We are thrilled to announce that we now have a full-time illustrator who has signed on with World Team for the purpose of producing top-quality illustrations for the story-Bible and he also hopes to produce short, animated films to go along with it. This full-time illustrator is a member of our team but will be based in the US. This family is currently raising support and we ask that you please give the Kwakum people the best illustrated Bible in the world by supporting them monthly. If you’re able to support them, please email us and we will put you in contact with them.

Current Events

  • December 2021: We will be hosting a Bible Translation internship with around 5-6 interns for the purpose of mobilizing more Bible translators to the field.

  • January - March 2022: Discipleship, evangelism, translation, and literacy. This is what we do.

  • February - May 2022: Since we intend to return home to the States in June for a year, we plan on spending this time training Kwakum believers to do the work of ministry in our absence. We intend to train them to be literacy teachers, to teach through the Book of Good News, and to teach through the translated materials we have already translated. Our prayer is that the work will continue in our absence.

  • June 2021 - June 2022: We intend to spend a year in the States and details regarding where we will be living and what we will be doing will be communicated in a future newsletter.

Check out the Where Are The Hares? page on our blog to keep up with us.

Join us in praising God!

  1. Praise the Lord with us for our phenomenal homeschool teacher, Kenneth Scott. Our kids are currently in 7th grade.

  2. Praise the Lord for open doors and people’s readiness to hear the Gospel.

  3. Praise the Lord for the number of interns we will have in December.

  4. Praise the Lord for the power of his Word to transform hearts, households, and even nations.

Pray with us

  1. Pray that our children would tremble at the Word of God, would be broken and contrite hearts over their sin, and will reject the sins of the culture around us. Pray that Elias, Zoey, and Makyra would come to saving faith in Christ.

  2. Pray that the Lord would use The Book of Good News all over the world to bring many to faith in Christ.

  3. Pray that we would have an incredibly productive last six months on the field before our furlough.

  4. Pray for new believers, specifically that they would learn to be kind-hearted: Koo, Mami, Jean Pierre, Patrice, Falon, Guilenne, and Indy.

  5. Pray for seekers, that they would understand the Gospel and enter into worship of Christ: Maggie, Naando, Jeandarc, Matthew, Françoise, Vanessa, Anita, and Chewngy.

As always, we would love to hear how we can be praying for you as well.

Dave and Stacey Hare