Author: Philip Hewer

I and my wife, Judy, have worked in Ghana since 1972 to facilitate literacy and language development for the Kasena people of Upper East Region. A major focus has been translation and publication of the scriptures in Kasem, working with local speakers. The New Testament was published in 1988 and the whole Bible is due for publication in 2015.

Kasem Proverbs

I’m now going through Kasem language notes made long ago on 3×5 index slips. These are providing words and expressions to add to the Kasem dictionary. Here are some proverbs I don’t remember seeing before and an explanation of their meaning. Do we have equivalent proverbs in English? Ba ba kwei nabeinnu ba ma dole naao. […]

Bibles arrive in Kasena-land

I recently had an excited call from Rev. Jonah Kwotua, one of the Kasem translators, to say that he and Rev. Abraham Ayiakwo (another translator) were watching the Kasem Bibles being unloaded off a truck near Abraham’s home on the edge of Navrongo. This was the first they had seen of the printed Bibles so […]

The Kasem Bible has been printed!

When we first settled in Paga on the northern border of Ghana in 1972 we had no inkling of the long journey we were then embarking upon. We started to learn the Kasem language and to observe and absorb local cultural patterns. We made plenty of mistakes, both in speaking the language (getting the tones […]

Praying with Paul

I was leading the morning worship service at our church last Sunday week. In preparation for the service I read through Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian church  and thought it would be a good basis for public prayer. So, making very few modifications apart from changing the pronouns, here is Paul’s prayer for the church in Long […]

Even the butterfly

Since moving back into the refurbished building at Long Crendon Baptist Church (LCBC) we have had six or more Tortoiseshell butterflies fluttering around during the services. While potentially something of a distraction during the sermon (how could that be?), I like to see them as an indication of God’s blessing on the place of worship. […]

Back home at LCBC

After 9 months meeting in a local school on Sundays while our church building was being largely remodelled, we are now back home again–and it’s really great! Long Crendon Baptist Church (LCBC) is a Victorian chapel, now brought into the 21st century. We had our official opening and thanksgiving service on the weekend of 1st-2nd […]

Celebration!

Rev Abraham Ayiakwo, Judy & Philip Hewer and Rev Jonah Kwotua celebrate completion of work on the Kasem Bible, after working for three weeks with the GILLBT typesetter, John Sidsaya. The text of the Bible was “signed off” at 11 am on Friday 22nd November 2013, to say that no more changes would be made, […]

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