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Known languages and dialects worldwide = more than 10,000
GRN Gospel messages recorded = over 6000 languages
Total GRN Recordists = 99 but less than half are actively recording
Still a long way to go!
For the Recordists
The stories this month are just a tiny sample of the kind of work our Recordists are involved in. Starting this month in Ghana, Africa, GRN is running a training programme to upgrade several of our African Centres and their Recordists to digital technology. This involves about 10 weeks training, provision of equipment, computers, software, and a host of other bits and pieces vital for good recordings. It sounds simple, it costs a lot of money, but 10 weeks will not be enough to provide all the training required.
In the past, most of our Recordists were Westerners. This is no longer the case. The majority of our field workers are African, Asian or South American. This has some advantages and some disadvantages! The big advantage, of course, is that indigenous recordists are much closer to the cultures they are working in. Frequently they speak languages that facilitate the communication with helpers and translators.
One potential disadvantage is that many do not have the kind of technical background that is common in the West, so more training is required. Another disadvantage is that, working within their own and nearby countries, it is very difficult for them to raise the finance that is needed to support themselves and their families. (It is not only in the West that people think you have to go overseas to be a missionary!) Recently we have lost a few African recordists because of inadequate support.
It is, therefore, part of the ministry of Centres like Australia, to help provide the support needed. The opportunity exists for you to have a close link with the recording ministry in any country where we have teams working. You could choose to support the recording work in a particular country or even to contribute to the support of a recordist. Please contact us if you would like more information.