A woman taking a peek at the Family Story Bible pictures and textHoughton returned to Vanuatu in October when I was in Boise in order to be present for a locally planned dedication to go along with the distribution of the Family Story Bible. The Family Story Bible covers stories from Genesis to Acts in the local language of Rral, where we work. This is not only the first little bits of God's Word EVER in their language, but also the first fully published book in their language as well. Prior to this work, the language was only oral.
Jones helped MC part of the event. He was MC for all our past literacy workshops and was key in distributing literacy curriculum as well.
Philip, one of our local teammates (pictured above, talking at the dedication), is introduced and talks about the upcoming dedication in these next 2 videos.
Hello from Philip part 1 (58sec)View from the Ellis house to the event venue, hello from Philip.
Hello from Philip part 2 (4min 46sec) Greetings from Ambrym, meaning of Family Story Bible from Philip and locals.
Houghton had a speech in the ceremony as well.
Thoughts on the ceremony. video (6 min 40sec) Casey and Houghton's thoughts on how the dedication went and impact of it. Short interview of Scott who came just for the dedication from the US.
Women who came for the dedication hold up their Family Story Bibles. The women pictured here closest to the camera are from the villages nearest to where we live.
Elder Harri is amplified while discussing the history of Bible translation in Ambrym.
First live feed (2min 49sec)
Second live feed(4min 36 sec)
Third live feed (23min 01sec)
A young boy peruses his copy of the Family Story Bible outside of the Catholic church nearby on a Sunday following the dedication.
Local school girls bring their copies to school in the days following the dedication.
In town, Houghton checked in with some friends from our village who are getting some Bible training this year. Meri, Yanik, and Masing.
Prior to the dedication, Houghton did a series of interviews with our teammates, Casey and Val Ellis. Click on the link to view.
Casey Val interview #1 (7min 44sec) Intro to Casey and Val
Casey Val interview part 2 (3min 39sec) A different life from the US.
Casey Val interview part 3 (7min 22sec) Why Bible Translation?
Casey Val interview part 4 (6min 44sec) Interview with Berrna, local teammate of the Ellises
Around the time of the event, Houghton put together some other videos with interviews of our teammates on various topics as well as with others around for the event.
Ian with BuildAid is interviewed about his ministry. video (2min 08sec) He and an American living in Vanuatu were our main builders and he is currently working on our teammates' home.
Casey and Val talk about why they chose to build/remodel a house rather than live in a thatch one.
Casey and Val talk about their part of our team and how we can work together to reach our people group.
Above 2 videos: (house video 3min 49sec), (teamming video 1min 16sec)
Thanks for praying with us for the distribution of the Family Story Bible! We are so thankful for the locals who helped us make it possible to translate, edit, and distribute it. Over 400 copies were distributed just at the one dedication event in Olal! Our people are still beginning readers (with some needing further literacy workshops when we return) so please pray they are patient with the process and don't give up. Pray also that God uses this book to further His kingdom and introduce Himself to our people in their own language.