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During the past 70 years hundreds of recordists have worked in jungles, mountains, deserts and villages to record the message of God's love and salvation in over 6,000 languages. These intrepid explorers were in many parts of the world before the age of GPS, cell phones, internet and easy travel. We thank the Lord for their years of service so that all might know that faith comes by hearing.
Gustavo Calixto is a Mexican missionary working as a GRN recordist in Ecuador. Last year Gus recorded messages in the Quichua Salasaca language and later distributed about 100 CDs in the area. Nothing much happened, and he continued his recording activities.
A few months ago he was on a bus between Quito and Shell, when a Quichua Indian boarded. Gus struck up a conversation with him and asked which Quichua he spoke. He replied that he was from Salasaca but lived in the Galapagos Islands with many other Quichuas from his town. He said that they had heard that there were messages from God in their language. The Quichuas pooled their money together and bought a ticket for him to go to the mainland and find the CDs for them. He "happened" to sit on the seat next to Gus, who had made several CDs in that language.
Gus had tears running down his cheeks as they rode, as he realized that the Indians themselves were searching out the treasure of God's words for their lives. What a joy to be able to fill the hands reaching out for fresh bread for their spiritual lives.
Don and Eunice Richter are two of our unsung heroes. After serving in the military in the Pacific during WWII, Don trained as a recordist and recorded hundreds of languages in and around what is now Papua New Guinea. He spent years walking the island and going around the coast in his boat, the "Overcomer." He wanted to marry his sweetheart, Eunice, but Joy Ridderhoff, our founder, said they had to wait five years - and they did! Later Don and Eunice both recorded in PNG, producing recordings which are still in use. Their recordings and presence among the Dani led to a people's movement to Christ. Don and Eunice live in the San Gabriel Valley.