Not long after arriving in Cameroon in 2010 I (David) went out to a village to setup a new technology. I am happy to share that the translation consultant, Keith Patman, reported that checking is complete in the Yambetta New Testament. The other team that we setup with the BGAN at the same time, Nugunu, will be completed in the coming week. I’m still amazed that we were able to take the internet to a small village that didn’t have electricity or running water and then instantly with a small box they had email and a specialized software package that allowed for file syncing and version control. Today, electricity is getting closer to the village and cell phone towers are getting closer to covering all of the country.
Here is a picture of the Yambetta team who has worked long and hard to see this day, just a few doors down from my office when they were in Yaoundé doing the final checking. Léonard, he has the most colorful shirt on and a very big smile, has been working on this process for over 25 years.
Many other BGAN satellites have been deployed all over Cameroon since these first two. I’ve not been involved directly like I was with these first two, but I have filled insurance claims for broken solar panels and found replacement batteries that were taken out to allow for workers to continue working even when the power was cut. By giving out my cell phone number I became the BGAN tech support line for the first year these devices were in the field. I’ve also done some training to allow others to be able to do the installation and configuration.
The next step for the Yambetta team will be typesetting and then the New Testaments will be printed and shipped to Cameroon. Join me in praying for protection for these teams during this process and for the other technology that is needed for this to be successful.
“Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.”
Psalm 96:3 NLT