Greg Litzenberger points at squiggly lines on his monitor. "They represent the sound waves of the program I'm editing," he explains. The Audio Department is all about sound. Romans 10:18 tells us 'Their sound went out into ... the ends of the world.' "It gives me great satisfaction to know that the sound I'm processing here goes to the ends of the world," he reflects.
"Some missionaries have to travel to far countries," Greg smiles, "but I drive ten miles daily to do my missionary work." He has seen many changes from phonograph records to audiocassettes to CDs, mp3s, and WAV files. Each represents a new opportunity to spread the Word.
The GRN audio library is constantly expanding. Recordings arrive from remote villages worldwide. After being catalogued they pass through the Audio Department. The recordings are then stored on a huge GRN server in Temecula, California and a back-up GRN facility in Sydney, Australia.
The Audio Department performs many tasks. Modern computer software speeds up processes like digitally restoring old recordings and disguising the voices of speakers in sensitive countries. Quality assurance is always a concern.
Greg is enthused about the fact that 7,109 audio programs in 4,434 languages can be listened to or downloaded free from the GRN website. To check this out go to the language search page.
"But we have another 1,242 languages that are waiting to go on line" Greg reminds me. "If we had more help, we could get the job done sooner!"