News about Lele believers
We’ve recently come back to the capital city where we are
participating in our August West Africa branch meeting. As we finish up
our meeting here, we want to update you about several situations
happening among Lele believers.
Pastor Jonas’ mother sufferes apparent stroke.
Just before we left the village, we found out that the mother of our
lead translation rough-drafter fell ill due to a suspected stroke. Jonas’
mother, Jeanette, was among the first Leles to accept Christ. Please
pray for her and the family who are going through a very difficult time.
Pray that God’s love would shine in the lives of these servants of him.
Two groups of believers sprout up in southern villages.
Recently we met with a pastor from the southern part of our region
who has been visiting different Lele villages. He’s done a bit of
evangelism in those villages and now at least two villages are
responding. In one of the villages, there are about 30 believers. In
another villages there about 45 who are even building a new church
building. This is the village that all stood up and cheered a few years
ago when they learned we were translating books in the Lele language.
God is doing something incredible among the Lele people.
August 2014News about the Gebhard family’s work with the Lele people in West Africa
‘Finally brothers and sisters, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed
ahead and be honored as happened among you.’ 2 Thessalonians 3:1
Jonas and his mother, who suffered a stroke in early August.
that we would quickly move
through the Luke exegetical
correction process and
consultant checking this
year. We want to get this
important book about the
life of Christ into the hands
of the Lele people.
children will be starting their
school courses at home
very soon. Pray that they
have a smooth transition
into the school year again.
Lele Church Expansion—
Pray for villages where new
believers are organizing
churches. Pray for
unreached villages that
don’t yet have a church.
outbreak in W. Africa—
Pray that the disease would
stop spreading and for
those suffering from the
church service, village kids
often hang around our house.
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A Lele CAT IN THE HAT?
Lele books coming soon to language near you.
By Marc Gebhard
The Lele literacy program is moving forward, thanks to the
groundbreaking efforts of Beth Kallenberger (formerly Beth Ramos)
and local Lele literacy specialist Elie Camara.
Elie has been working on several health booklets for the Lele
people recently—books about hygiene and prevention of the
common maladies one often finds here in West Africa.
In addition to health books, Elie has been working on Lele primer
books. Very soon, we’ll be able to start printing beginner reading
books for Lele learners.
The other day I was telling Elie about Dr. Seuss books—how they
take simple words and rhyme them to help new readers to learn in a
fun way. I was in a jolly mood and started rattling off a few funny
sounding Lele examples. He thought that sounded like a fun
way to learn to read. Hmm… Will we one day have our
own contextualized version of a book like “The Cat in the
Hat” in Lele? Maybe.
I think we’re stumbling on a key principle in literacy
work. Make it interesting for your readers. People love
good stories and rhymes. People love books about subjects
that are pertinent in their every day lives. Health books and other
community development books are
important parts of improving the lives of
the people, but stories and books about
things important in the culture will get
people to read.
My imagination is pretty big. I’m having
a visions of cookbooks, children’s story
books, fiction, parables...all sorts of
literature. If we create a big interest in
reading, more people will want to read.
And if more people learn to read, God’s
word becomes accessible to them.
As we continue putting the Bible into
Lele, pray also that a real fascination with
reading would crop up among the people.
MƆƆ WO I ƝƐRƐ MATANGA KAMA
- Fɔ i ne i bolɛ lako yii saniɲarɛ la,ane
safuna la yane i wo dɔmin kɛ ka
demɛsɛno makaran wo la ne ano kera wo
- Ka to fanan i kola ane i la faanino,ka
ano magbala telɛ la yulɛ la,dui ma ma de.
- A bɛnda ka kabinɛ sin bokɛ tina lakola
ane sali,ka I bolɛ lako safuna la ne i bɔra
- Mɔɔ kakan ka tɛlɛno danda saniɲa rɔ
ane ka ano matanga, an nakoe tanke ano
BRINGING THE BOOKS—
Elie Camara and sonMarc.