How do you convey the wonderful news of Jesus Christ to people with whom you don’t speak the language, don’t have a Bible translated into their language and the vast majority are illiterate? The HOPE video is one avenue being pursued to reach the Brou of northern Cambodia.
Most westerners have heard of Jesus so clarifying who He is works well. Hence the popularity of the Jesus film. However, many of the Brou do not know who Jesus is (and I’m not talking about arguing prophet vs. God vs. teacher). Some have never heard His name. They need a more complete picture of Christianity and the HOPE video starts at creation.
You can check out the HOPE video here. Great! Let’s order a couple hundred copies. We Americans all think the same way (throw some money at it). Huge problem: there is no HOPE video in the Brou language…..yet.
Enter Ethan Crowley….a man among boys.
Take 5 minutes to watch this video detailing his work.
He and his young bride, Emily, came over to Ratanikiri province to work on translating the HOPE video into the Brou language for the next 6 months. You can read about their adventures and life in Banlung on Emily’s blog.
Makes me homesick for the shack 😦
Ethan’s father, JD, has been working with the Tampuan tribe in RTK province for 20 years.
You guessed it: Tampuan have their own language and culture. There’s also the Krung, Jerai, Khmer, and others in addition to the Brou located in RTK.
There are unreached Brou peoples located across the border in communist Laos. However Laos is a closed country and #9 most persecuted country on this list. Unfortunately someone would probably get arrested and deported if they ever tried to smuggle Christian paraphernalia into that country so I can’t recommend anyone doing that. I mean a digital copy of the HOPE video would probably be gigantic – like the size of a micro SD card.
“Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.”
John 4:35 ESV
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
Luke 10:2 ESV