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Broukou

Saturday I will be going out to Broukou where we hope to plant a church. Mark Kennell and Ryan Head have been teaching in this village for several months. Since they are both out of town, I will be using my limited Kabiye abilities to teach a literacy lesson.

 Probably more importantly, I will continue to build relationships in this village about an hour from Kara. After spending some social time in the market, I will travel with Kossi to his house to meet with some of his friends and family. Although Kabiye is spoken throughout our area, most people cannot read it. French is taught in schools here but Kabiye is not.

 The people here place a high priority on relationships, and so our time spent blessing their lives with literacy training is not lost, but builds trust in us and the message we are bringing. Please be in prayer for a fruitful Saturday.

Broukou

Saturday I will be going out to Broukou where we hope to plant a church. Mark Kennell and Ryan Head have been teaching in this village for several months. Since they are both out of town, I will be using my limited Kabiye abilities to teach a literacy lesson.

 Probably more importantly, I will continue to build relationships in this village about an hour from Kara. After spending some social time in the market, I will travel with Kossi to his house to meet with some of his friends and family. Although Kabiye is spoken throughout our area, most people cannot read it. French is taught in schools here but Kabiye is not.

 The people here place a high priority on relationships, and so our time spent blessing their lives with literacy training is not lost, but builds trust in us and the message we are bringing. Please be in prayer for a fruitful Saturday.

Language and Culture

Since we are spending much of our first year learning language, two languages actually, language and culture are continually on our minds.

It is interesting to me what a language can say to you about a culture. I had been told a while back that there were no words in Kabiye for admitting wrong. This lesson was backed up by work in verbs recently. I started working through the excitingly titled “501 Essential French verbs” and also had been trying to learn the corresponding verbs in Kabiye. In one lesson I had the words admettre, to admit, and absoudre, to absolve. (Yeah, French and English share a lot of words.) Going to my French/Kabiye dictionary, I could not find Kabiye words for either.

How do you teach forgiveness in a place where there is not a word for admitting wrong? Of course, I have much to learn about this culture and some of this could be a misunderstanding on my part, but it is humbling to live and attempt to teach in a culture so different from my own. However, the more I get to know the people here the more I think that we’re really not that different in many ways as well. Actually, the people here seem to complain less than me and work hard for very little pay. I am thankful for their joyful spirits and ever present smiles as they talk with me.Image