GE has been busy shaping it’s vision and future. Our new vision statement reads:
“We want to see God glorified in Eurasia, especially in the former communist countries. We focus on serving and strengthening the Church, bringing hope to forgotten peoples and making their needs known.”
The Challenge of Perseverance in Producing a Comic Book
Nearly one and a half years ago, work on the “Light in the Darkness” Comic started, and still there is much more that needs to be doneâ€¦
A lot of time went into research to get a better understanding of lifestyle, people and scenery in order to make the illustrations more accurate. Then the text for this 32-page comic book had to be written, character sketches created, as well as a rough draft in pencil. After rough draft approval, the final pencil drawings of the figures followed, were inked and scanned. Now the comicâ€™s backgrounds are being painted with watercolor. Once finished, they will be combined in the computer with the inked people figures, and then colorized on the computer. After that, speech â€œballoonsâ€ and text boxes will be added in the layout program.
One of the countries to benefit from the Comic will be Bosnia, a country heavily influenced by Muslim culture. Also, little-known people groups like the Yakuts, Nenets and Kakassians, who have deep traditions in folk religion, will receive the comic. It is exciting to see that translations of the text are beginning to trickle in already!
It will take great perseverance to meet our deadline. A major struggle for an artist is to stay consistently concentrated and inspired. Due to recent changes and reorganization of the team, this has been difficult. Each member has taken over new responsibilities in order to fill the organizational gaps of our short-staffed team. Setting correct priorities with such varied tasks can be truly difficult and frustrating.
Please pray with us for joy, in this time of testing of faith that develops perseverance. (James 1:2-3)
School Bags for Bosnia
We recently brought aid to Bihac, Bosnia. Since GE sold the big truck a few years ago and the Bosnian team also had given up their warehouse we had only small deliveries of Aid to Bosnia. Now we delivered 3 boxes of shoes, some boxes of medical equipment and a special mattress for a paralyzed girl and for the School Bag Project 25 schoolbags and 12 boxes of school materials.
The School Bag Project started last year when OM Bosnia had a kids program in a school and brought school bags filled with writing material. Last year they bought the school material in Bosnia but found that the quality was not very good. Many of the bags were broken after one year of use.
Although OM Bosnia has become an independent field from GE, we want to support them. They see great potential to expand this project into other schools and villages. We where able to meet with those who are organizing the School Bag Project and discuss our future involvement. They are now in the process of finding out about the current importing procedures for large quantities of materials since the laws have changed so much recently.
Praise God for no problems at the border importing the goods.
Praise God for future possibilities to do outreaches in Bosnia.
Please pray for continuing good relationships to school officials, pupils and their parents.
Please pray for all the necessary preperation in importing procedures.
GE Communications. October 2007