Thursday, March 8, 2012

Beauty in diversity

"Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth."
Genesis 11:9 NASB

So we're finally getting around to updating the blog. As part of the training we just finished in Waxhaw, we got to experience God's beauty in the diversity of His people. Seeing the global church begins to open up aspects of God's character that we had not fully appreciated before. We attended a Korean church each Sunday. The entire service and all signs were in Korean. Talk about lost (literally - we got lost on the way and showed up late the first day). We wandered around poking our heads in doors looking for the kids' rooms. But by week four, we couldn't help but sit in awe of our God. God inhabits the praise of His people regardless of the language. He speaks them all. We sang along to "I Surrender All" in English while they sang in Korean and our great God was hearing it all. It gave us just a glimpse of what it might be like around the throne one day. So awesome.

Paul our translator along with Dan and Kelly
We also had the opportunity to spend three sessions with Paul who is from Kenya. He is here studying at seminary and speaks Kiswahili (the national language of Tanzania). Our partners in learning were Dan and Kelly. They are also headed to Musoma, Tanzania (what a small world). Dan is one of those "wicked smart linguists" we keep telling you about. Kelly is a nurse -and also wicked smart  :-)  We made some great friends in Paul, Dan and Kelly and had a blast starting to learn our new language. It made us all the more eager to get there.

I thought you would enjoy this short video clip of Kellee responding to Paul's directions in Kiswahili. She did a great job. I am so proud of her.

In case you are wondering, he wants her to take the cards for airplane, giraffe, orange and chicken in her right hand, put them in the boat (card) and give them to Dan.

Here are some of the words. See if you can hear them as well.

chukua "take"
kulia "right"
ndege "airplane"
twiga "giraffe"
chungwa "orange"
ku ku "chicken"
masua "boat"
nipatia "give"

1 comment:

  1. Awesome! Fun times were had by all! LOL, this is prompting me to start my Swahili study back again, I haven't done it since our last session with Paul (shhh, don't tell him!!). Miss you guys so much, reading this makes me miss you more! Feeling so blessed we get to share this adventure together-Kel