A Formerly Unwritten Language
One less "unreached" tribe.
Missionaries Jack and Suzie Russell took their children Joshua and Emily with them to Bolivia 25 years ago. Next month, they are celebrating a major milestone in their work. After 16 years of translation, the world's first Simba Guaraní Bibles are finally printed, and ready to be distributed.
On May 25th -28th in Taperillas, Bolivia, there will be a special dedication of the very first copies of the Simba Guaraní Bible. The mission team will present the Simba Guaraní people with the Word of God in their Hearts' language.
Jack Russell in our fundraising video:
The missionaries, Jack and Suzie Russell, have asked their son Joshua Russell, along with a small team of WV film-makers from Mountain Craft Productions, to produce a high-quality video documenting the Bible dedication.
The film-team plans to interview the Simba team on this special occasion - to capture the moment when the people first receive their Bibles, and to capture what the missionaries' work and the new Bible mean to the Simba people, in their own words.
A call for support
The Russells and the film-team are asking for donations to help fund their production in Bolivia. With the generous donations of your viewers, this team will produce videos to show the faithful supporters of the Russell family's work over the years the fruits of their labor.
The Russells hope their story will be a challenge to call future missionaries to the field, to bring the Word to the thousands of yet unreached people-groups. This project will also give the Russell's and their missionary team a powerful tool for raising continued support as they carry on in their work with the Simba Guaraní.
As a previously unwritten language, Jack Russell compiled the Simba Guaraní dictionary "from scratch." While the missionaries have created many educational and other written materials over the years as their grasp of the language developed, there is a continuing need for the development of further written material to support the education, empowerment and economic development of the Simba people.
Missionary kid and "global nomad" Joshua Russell, the film project coordinator, has formerly worked at the CW, WSAZ, WOWK, and WCHS. He is currently beginning the application process to form a 501c3 non-profit multimedia production agency - Moonfire Media.
With Moonfire, Joshua hopes to create professional multimedia content for other non-profits and good causes, at no cost to them. He also hopes to use Moonfire to produce educational content, free under Creative Commons for translators and educators to use in development projects around the world.