By Catherine Rivard
Chad pressed the record button as Menseng, an Ura speaker, glanced once more at his script and began reading. Outside the booth, Chad watched the computer waveform of Mengseng’s voice while a second screen flashed the accompanying crucifixion scenes from the Luke Video. Boas, the Ura voice coach, along with half a dozen others, crowded close.
“Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with [Jesus] to be executed,” Menseng read from Luke 23 in Ura. “When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him.”
The room was silent. Not a man moved, each choking back tears as they watched a bloodied Jesus hang on a cross and whisper to them in Ura, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
Watching Jesus captivated them.
For nearly ten days, the recording team had gathered in Gualim village to dub the audio for the Luke Video series in the Ura language. They’d had just three weeks to create fifteen episodes, a summation of the work, and an audio-only version. And they wondered if they’d be able to complete it all.
But it was soon obvious their worries were unfounded. Actors arrived excited and well-prepared, technicians kept the technical difficulties to a minimum, and the language experts worked with precision. The result was a record-setting pace!
“Is this [speed] normal?” Chad asked, worried. “Are we doing something wrong?”
“No!” the others laughed incredulously. “This is just a miraculously good recording session!”
Energized by their progress, the team spent the extra days refining the material until it was ready to show to the community—much earlier than normal! After the showing, one man approached Chad, wringing his hands enthusiastically. “I’m very happy about this video!” he said. “I’m very pleased with the work that has gone into it, and it is a good film!”
With God’s help and the diligent work of the translation team, the Ura people are now able to hear His truth in their own language!
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