Recordist Training

Recordist Training

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Elda, Graci, Fernanda, Ines and Kim
in a training session
Ines, Gustavo, Osmani in a lecture
Fernanda from Brazil in a recording exercise

The recordist is fundamental to the ministry of GRN. Our goal is to tell the story of Jesus in every language. It is the recordist who captures the story and puts it into a form that the speakers of that particular language can relate to and understand.

Recording is a complicated process. The language helpers are often illiterate and sometimes have never even heard the name of Jesus. This means that recordists must be well trained and their training needs to go far beyond the mechanics of recording, editing and producing programs. They need to understand principles of translation and cultural issues to ensure that the story they record is accurate, understandable and relevant.

There are thousands of language groups waiting to hear the good news of Jesus, and thousands more where people have some gospel witness but nothing readily accessible in their own language. We will need many more recordists to make our goal of reaching every language a reality.

It takes about six years for a trainee recordist to develop to the point where they can work independently, and consistently produce good quality work, and are then able to mentor a new recordist.

It's vital that GRN trains and mentors the new recordists well.

In October 2012 we held a recordist training course for eight recordists in Ecuador, South America. All the trainees were from South America. The course lasted eight weeks and involved three trainers and a translator. Please pray for them. Pray that they'll be able to put what they've learnt into practice and that steps put into place to provide ongoing supervision for them and their work will be effective.

In February 2013 a similar course was held in Asia. This time six recordists were trained. Please pray for the recordists, that those trained will become skilled recordists who make many recordings which our Lord will use to bring many people to faith. Pray too that our Lord might raise up trainers and mentors from among the trainees.

It takes about six years for a trainee recordist to develop to the point where they can work independently, and consistently produce good quality work, and are then able to mentor a new recordist.

Australia plays a big role in these training courses. Graham Schabel buys and prepares all the equipment needed - each trainee is provided with a recording and editing kit so they can do their work. Noel Bachelor and Kim Knight are experienced trainers of new recordists. Australia has provided the bulk of the finances needed for the last two courses.

In an age where people change jobs often and even professions several times in their working life, developing a good team of recordists is difficult. Please pray. We would love to have a few new Australian recordists. We need new recordists worldwide who will be around for the long haul. And of course they need prayer and financial support, which often proves difficult as many of our recordists are national workers whose churches are more accustomed to receiving missionaries than sending them out.

Please pray with us:

  • As training a recordist is a huge investment of time and money, please pray for trainee recordists who are committed to the ministry and who will be around for many years.
  • Please pray that the recordists recently trained will become skilled recordists who will make many recordings which our Lord will use to bring many people to faith.
  • Pray too that our Lord might raise up trainers and mentors from among the trainees.

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