Language Committee Acheived - Moved Into Our New House - And Church Planting
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One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for the Kwakum

"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."
Mark 11:24

You may have heard that we held our first Kwakum Language Committee meeting on March 14th. What you might not have realized is how big of a step this is for our project. I just talked to a Bible translator while attending a conference in Yaoundé and he told me that their people group did not form a language committee until they had been there 3 years and it took about 3 more years before it started to carry out its responsibilities. While we cannot really speak to how well our committee will function,we can praise the Lord for he progress we have made after just one month. He is answering our prayers!
If you are wondering what a language committee is, and why it is needed, here are some key points:

  • We cannot translate the Bible if there is no written form of the language.
  • We have been told that in the development of the language (determining an alphabet, choosing a central dialect, teaching literacy), the fewer people that are involved, the fewer people will accept the language in the written form and thereby rejecting the Scriptures before they are even read.
  • The language committee has representatives from all of the Kwakum villages and therefore represents the entire community.
  • The committee will be the group that makes the decisions regarding the alphabet, dialect, etc. so therefore no one will be able to say that the Americans came in and tried to change their language. It will be a community effort with decisions made by Kwakum people.
  • The committee gives us people on the ground in the villages that can help us gather data, spread the word, and even begin teaching literacy. The more hands in this work the better as there is much to do.

So, all that to say, we are thrilled to have already achieved this milestone. We left just a few days after the Language Committee meeting for a conference in the capital and are looking forward to diving into language learning and analysis.

Church-Planting Seminar
You may remember that one reason that we chose World Team is that we felt like we should not just be involved in Bible Translation as an end in itself. Instead we really feel like our purpose in missions is to grow the church. Therefore we did not choose to go with a Bible translation organization, but with a church planting organization. This week we are in Yaoundé for our field conference and a church planting seminar. We have been stirred once again in our desire to build up the church in Cameroon. One of the main focuses was encouraging people to genuinely study the Bible to gain understanding. The Great Commission calls us to "go therefore and make disciples of all nations...teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you..." (Matt 28:19-20). It is through God's Word that people learn how to follow Jesus.

Of course, the majority of the Kwakum cannot read the Bible, so our time also cemented the need to translate for the health of the church. This is a reality that we have seen in our church in Dimako. The Christians are few, and those that are believers are blocked in their growth unless they can read French. This includes very few men and almost no women in our community. Can you imagine trying to grow in your spiritual walk without being able to read the Bible? We believe that true church growth only comes with true spiritual growth. And so we press on with our goals to translate the Bible into Kwakum.

What Else is Going On?
Since our last newsletter we… finally moved into our house! Not that all of the work is done, but we are now living in our community. We have been able to start to form relationships with our neighbors and experience how they live.
We decided to put three of the kids (Kaden, Makyra, and Zoey) into the bilingual school in our town two days a week. Elias stays at home with Mom and Dad, but the other three are enjoying their experience. They have started to use French more with the neighborhood kids, which is a blessing. We still homeschool too, so the kids are staying busy.
We are still waiting for a language partner from the committee to start our formal language learning, but we have started informally. We have met a handful of times with a neighbor and practiced some methods we learned in Linguistics school. We can now identify the words for a dozen body parts. So, that is exciting!
Overall we feel like we are finally making progress and that is really encouraging. We are grounded in the community, we have Kwakum people working with us, and the kids are having a lot of fun.

Pray With Us
- Pray that we would lead the language committee well.
- Pray that the momentum would continue and that the Lord would send us motivated workers.
- Pray that we would remember all of the things that we studied in Linguistics school.
- Pray we would learn Bakoum well and quickly.
- Pray for the women with whom Stacey is leading evangelistic Bible studies.
- Dave will start to teach Sunday School at our church on April 5th. Pray that he could communicate clearly in French as he seeks to layout an overview of the Bible.
- Pray for our teammate Richie Rice to raise the support he needs to join us soon. We are up to our ears in language acquisition and translation matters and cannot also take on church planting.
- Pray that we would stay healthy.
- Pray that our kids would learn French in school and be able to develop relationships here. 
- Pray that the Boko Haram would be defeated and no longer wreak havoc in Africa.
Praise With Us
- Our church-planting seminar was a great reminder that we are theologically aligned with our agency. Praise God that we have confidence in World Team and the people that we work with.
We have a friend from the States that has applied to come to homeschool the kids starting this summer! Pray that the details (acceptance by World Team, finances, logistics) come together before school starts.
- Praise God that we have not been seriously sick.
- Thank God for the great start that we have had with the Kwakum people.
We thought you might like to see a Cameroonian storm from our front porch.
As always we thank you so much for supporting our ministry. And we would love to hear from you as well. Keep up with us between newsletters at our blog:  
Dave and Stacey
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