Thursday, November 25, 2021

Thankful for Jesus Film Project

Last week we did something unusual. We traveled outside the country--all of two hours to Antwerp, Belgium. We are grateful to the coordinators of the Flemish Jesus film project, Campus Crusade/Agape personnel Elaine (pictured with Keith) & Ralph Elliott. They hosted us with grace and introduced us to people and plans with contagious warmth and enthusiasm.

We are also thankful for the people at the Operation Mobilisation center outside Brussels. The director (far right) had requested a version of the Jesus film in Flemish even though a version already exists in standard Dutch. 

He and the others there helped set up their recording studio for us to use. We did some trial recording, mainly for casting purposes.

Flemish is related to Dutch but different. And people in the Flemish-speaking region of Belgium are also related, but different.  We look forward to learning more before and during this recording. The script and the cast should be ready by February.

A big thank you to all who prayed with us last week--and who have supported this work in prayer for the past 25 years!

Monday, November 15, 2021


What do all these photographs have in common?

Yes, they all contain Keith and they all needed you to happen.

And yes, Keith is in the field, recording.


He's recording the Jesus film,

    he's recording the entire New Testament, 

       he's recording children's Bible stories . . . 

in places from Latvia


            CuraƧao . . . 

in studios created in churches

    living rooms

        Bible societies

            rented vacation homes . . . 
None of them could have happened


        without your support,

            particularly your prayer support!

As Keith begins a new recording, this time the Jesus film

    right next door in Belgium, 

        please pray for the right voices for the right parts

            and good communication within the team.

And watch for new photos soon!

Monday, November 8, 2021

A Tale of Two Towns: Visits to and from Print and Oral Cultures

This is part of a series of blog posts written by our Student.Go intern Songz Nkolombe. He serves as children's minister in his home church in Cape Town South Africa. He does that in person. He currently works with us and studies at Truett Seminary in Texas via the Internet (photo from online meeting with Mary).

The on-going series, A Tale of Two Towns, can be read in English or Romanian on the Romany Education Blogspot.

Hello friends.

We continue the story of A Tale of Two Towns. The story presents the differences between people from oral and written cultures. Two strangers—Aule Songz & Tim Wright—from two different yet adjacent worlds share their towns’ stories. Now we are travelling with Tim as he enters my town—the print culture.

Previously, I told a story of a native who had to learn to see his land through the eyes and heart of a foreigner. This is my story, how I had to come out of comforts of the words, paragraphs and pages of my life to walk, live and play among strangers only to come back questioning my view of what learning means.

To prepare for Tim’s visit to my town, I’ve had to imagine how it must be for one to enter a world with
foreign concepts which he must learn as he navigates his way through life. I spoke with one of the elders in his town to find out what to look out for when Tim arrives—the red flags. For now, I’ll focus on one of those red flags: the stillness and quietness of my town. This, I was told, comes as a shock for someone from the oral town.

Since drama, speech and melody are vital to pass on information, their town is always alive whether people are at home, on the street corner, or in the marketplace. The land of print seems dead to this elder because our information is passed on mostly silently from the pages to the reader’s mind. Even when the reader would be overcome with great emotions because of the material he or she had read, these experiences would explode within them, while their outward countenance would appear as if they were not affected by what he had read.

I would never have considered my town to be dead or silent. For we write to preserve wisdom and knowledge in order to continue on living. What is written, no matter how old it may be, comes alive in my mind and expands my world.

Until we read again,


Saturday, October 23, 2021

Day 6: Week of Prayer


Seeking Transformational Development Prayer Requests

  • Pray for mutually transformative relationships as CBF field personnel are present to those seeking justice in broken systems of injustice.
  • Ask God to provide means and wisdom as CBF field personnel seek the welfare of those they are called to serve.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Day 5: Week of Prayer


Bearing Witness Prayer Requests

  • Thank God that long-term presence of CBF field personnel allows for trust to build and opportunities to bear witness to Jesus Christ.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to lead CBF field personnel as they share the good news of Jesus Christ in ways that are culturally relevant.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Day 4: Week of Prayer



Cultivating Beloved Community Prayer Requests

  • Pray for the relationships CBF field personnel build as they are present in their respective communities.
  • Ask God to use CBF field personnel to proclaim God’s kingdom as they share life and hospitality with those around them.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Day 3: Week of Prayer


Global Migration Prayer Requests

  • Ask God to guide and strengthen CBF field personnel as they are present to those traveling the refugee highway.
  • Ask God to provide the necessary resources as CBF field personnel welcome displaced people and help them acclimate to their new environments.