Thursday September 11
Since last Thursday when the translation was finished, we have regrouped the teams and now have only three teams for the review process. The purpose is for different people to review each chapter that has been translated into Kiswahili (Swahili). Some of the team members had to return home and left last Sunday after the brief celebration and break from all the work that had been done. The new teams consist of the same people, some interchanged, but the intent is not to allow any documents that were translated to be reviewed by the same individuals. We have kept two people per team—one who uses the computer and the other to access either an English Book of Mormon, one of the other three translations of the Book of Mormon into Swahili, English or Swahili Bible or any of a number of dictionaries as needed.
It is a good thing that my stay here was extended because I'm sure that the details of the review process will probably extend into late next week. My ticket is for Sunday the 21st, but I must travel by bus across the country again from Kisumu to Nairobi a day or two ahead of time to assure that there will not be any snags in getting to the airport on time. At present we are at about 1/3 finished reviewing the chapters. We hope to also have a couple of other small documents translated before leaving.
I'm leaving templates with each member of the teams which can be used to translate materials of their choice into Luo and other languages when they have time to work on them. All members of the teams now understand the process quite well and know how to use the page layout program so that they can proceed to do other things as needed.
They will be left with copies of many testimonies and articles about a wide variety of Gospel topics which hopefully will prove to be useful in their work after I return home. They have been formatted into the A4 paper sizes to facilitate the printing on paper that is sold here.
Please keep the review process in your prayers as we still have a lot of work ahead of us. The team members are still very excited about what they are doing and very dedicated. We have a short worship service and prayers every morning and evening followed by a 30 minute class which I've been teaching. Some of the men continue to get up in the wee hours of the morning (3:00 — 4:00 a.m.) to continue with their work. Some of the rest of us work quite late and get up in time for the 7:00 a.m. worship service and class. We are all tired, but we are enjoying it all and will be very happy to see the work finished.
Brother Tom Okeyo who is coordinating the entire project, has been bringing friends in on a frequent basis to have be share with them things that he feels they would benefit from. It will be good to get back home but I will miss the good friends and the close fellowship that we have enjoyed here during the past four weeks.
In gospel bonds,
"In God we trust"
"En Dios confiamos"