980. Overseas Trip


Abe, Bob, and Cal love to travel, and each has several months available. They all want to go somewhere that will benefit missions, so they each apply to Global Recordings Network (GRN) for a short-term overseas project.

After discussion and prayer, each one chooses a different project. Strangely enough the first letter of each name is the same as the project number – A, B, or C.

  1. Project A is for those who like to travel off the beaten path. 
  2. Project B is for those who like to stay in one spot. 
  3. Project C is for those who like to visit major cities in several countries 
Abe (the out-door type) opts for Project A, and a trip to Nigeria, West Africa, where he plans to see a lot of the country. 

Bob (the in-door type) opts for Project B, and a trip to India, where he plans to spend most of his time in the city of Bangalore, where the office is located. 

Cal and his wife Carol are planning a long round-the-world sightseeing tour, so Project C is right up their alley. They will pay short visits to GRN National offices in several countries, deliver equipment that the mission would rather not send through the mail, encourage staff, and, as time permits, teach them how to use GRN’s extensive database or help in other ways.

Each of our volunteers will visit the GRN Global Mobilization Center, in Temecula, California, for a time of orientation and training. They will meet the staff, find out how the mission works, and learn more about their specific projects.

Next Abe sets off for Nigeria. There are 1,399 languages and dialects in this big country. Recordings have been made in 587 of them so far but the goal is to reach every language. Abe will need a guide who can also interpret for him.

Kish Bai, GRN National Director for Nigeria meets Abe, gives him further orientation, and arranges for lodging, travel and the guide. Abe’s assignment is to travel to designated areas of Nigeria and verify what languages are spoken there. He’ll check these against a language map and other data produced by the GRN Language Tracking Department. Arriving in a town where another dialect is spoken, Abe writes down some information, then uses his hand-held GPS unit to find the latitude and longitude. Later, these coordinates will be entered into the GRN computer database and printed on the next language map.

Meanwhile Bob arrives in India, and assists in the GRN office each day. He won’t need an interpreter because most of the staff members speak English.

One of his goals is to compile an inventory of audio Copy Masters in the office, noting name changes, missing material, etc. He will also train staff – especially National Director and Recordists - how to use the GRN database. It contains names of all of the speech varieties in the world and the programs GRN has recorded.

Cal and Carol were planning a trip anyway. Their only additional expense will be a detour to Temecula for orientation, some mandatory travel insurance and perhaps an extra night’s lodging at each stop.

Both Abe and Bob need to know how much all this will cost them. Their largest expense will be airfare to their country of service. But there will be other expenses like insurance, food and lodging. In addition, Abe will have to factor in the cost of travel within Nigeria and a guide/interpreter.

Each traveler makes a different contribution
  1. Abe’s work will give GRN a picture of what recording needs to be done in Nigeria. 
  2. Bob’s work will give a portrait of the GRN India office, their resources, and how GRN can assist them. 
  3. Cal and Carol will help strengthen the worldwide GRN network. 
  4. Each will be helping GRN work toward its goal of proclaiming the Good News to each people group in its own language.

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