I love this story of bringing Good News to the people of Lapland.
“Our recordists, Kenny and Joan McKee left Gatwick airport in the grip of the coldest and snowiest of winters. What good preparation for their visit to Lapland in the Artic Circle. We had to put on two pairs of everything to stay warm. We were amazed by the deep snow and breathtaking scenery. What a winter wonderland!
We were in Lapland to make recordings of “Good News” for the Sami People. These people are one of the indigenous peoples of northern Europe, living in a region called Sapmi, taking in portions of several countries along the Artic Circle.
How proud they are of their language!
How they love their culture!
How they love their traditional dress!
For a living the Sami fish, trap furs and herd reindeers. Each family has a herd of 500 to provide an income. Reindeer meat is delicious.
The hides are made into shoes, boots and clothes.
Now in winter Lapland only has three or four hours of daylight. What a lot of time for the rest of the day to be spent indoors. They can get depressed or drink too much. This can do them in and lead to death in the elements.
However there is little or no crime and the people are warm and welcoming to outsiders.
We did our recording in a local studio and had a good language helper. We give praise to the Lord that the sessions went very well. Our contact told us that he loved the 'Good News' and that it was perfect for the Sami.
Distribution will be on CDs MP# format and DVDs.
We will also have it put on the website.
This will let Sami people in different countries be able to download whever they live.
How lovely that they can hear the gospel in their own heart Language.
Pray that God would use these recordings to point many Sami to the Saviour.”
from Sounds April 2010