It was an encouraging week of listening to new Sandawe songs and also building relationships. Everyone put in a lot of effort and now the Sandawe can listen to and learn praise songs from a variety of verses in the Bible. Some of the songs were composed from verses in Jonah, Ruth and Genesis 1-11; the three portions of Scripture which have so far been translated into Sandawe.
When the Sandawe hear their language on a tape, they gather around, start smiling, get excited and start singing along!
I enjoy playing songs for my Sandawe "grandparents" and other neighbours when I visit them. When I sell Sandawe books and tapes at the local market, some of the children will stay around for hours, listening and learning the songs. I also use the songs regularly during Bible studies that I have with the Sandawe ladies in the neighbouring village. They have learned many of the songs and their faces always light up as we listen and sing the songs together.