"Ready? Go!" Chad pressed the recording button as Menseng, an Ura speaker, glanced once more at his script, and began reading. Outside the booth, Chad glanced at the computer waveform of Mengseng's voice while a second screen flashed the accompanying crucifixion scenes from the Luke Video. Boas, the Ura voice coach, along with half a dozen others, crowded close.

Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with [Jesus] to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him. (Luke 23:32-33a)

The room was silent. Not a man moved, each choking back tears as they watched a bloodied Jesus hang on a cross and whisper to them in Ura, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."For nearly ten days, the recording team had gathered in Gaulim village to dub the Luke Video series into the Ura language. With 15 episodes, a summation, and an audio-only version to create, it was a gigantic undertaking, and the team wondered if they would be able to complete it in three weeks. But, it was soon obvious their worries were unfounded. Excited, well-prepared actors, minimal technical difficulties, and a team of language experts resulted in a record-setting pace! "Is this normal?" Chad asked, worried, "Are we doing something wrong?"

Ura-250x178"No!" The others laughed incredulously, "this is just a miraculously good recording session!"

Energized by their progress, the team spent the extra days refining the material until it was ready to show to the community—an extraordinarily early release! After the showing, one man approached Chad, wringing his hands enthusiastically, "I'm very happy about this video! I'm very pleased with the work that has gone into it, and it is a good film!"

"Ready? Go!" With God preparing the way, the Ura people could now see and hear His truth in their own language through the Luke Video!

Ukarumpa, Papua New Guinea – Catherine Rivard & Chad Owens with Tim Scott

At times, fictitious names are substituted for the real names. For more information on this release, contact,

The PNG Experience,
PO BOX 413, EHP 444,
Papua New Guinea Phone:
011 + 675 + 537-3544 ext. 4431
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"Yumi Stori" is the PNG "Tok Pisin" term for "Let's talk" or "Let's have a conversation"

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