The flying fox, also known as a fruit bat, is a large bat with a wingspan of more than three feet and is known for travelling long distances on a daily basis to do its work of searching for ripe fruit. Another way to rephrase it would be, “I want to be someone who serves God by taking His Word to wherever the needs may be, even if it means travelling great distances.”
That comment came at the end of two months of in-depth translation work. You cannot spend that much time totally immersed in God’s Word without it having an impact on your life. David and his translation helper were working through the latest New Testament books that have been drafted into the Simbari language. This stage of the translation process is to make sure the exegetical draft has the correct discourse features of the language so that it sounds natural to a mother-tongue speaker.
It is mentally exhausting work but every step of the process is required if you want to end up with a good translation. They are currently working on: Matthew, Luke, John, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, Colossians, 2 Timothy, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1-2 Peter, 1-3 John, Jude, and Revelation.
The next step is a series of content and comprehension checking of each book. Once those steps are complete then they will be able to start scheduling final consultant checks for each of the books.
David’s Simbari co-worker was a tremendous help in this process and now that it is time to begin the next stage he has gone back home with his family. They will miss the sweet fellowship they have enjoyed with him over the last two months.