I watched the first program of this year’s Oshkosh Camporee from a small monitor in a tent beside the main stage. As David spoke under the stage lights, I translated his words into a headset so that Mandarin speakers in the crowd could understand.
Several years ago I attended Camporees in Spain and Italy where I understood only through the translators, and remember how awful it is to not understand a thing; that’s why I volunteered this year. “We often think of translation as a human thing,” said the translation coordinator to me, “but remember, the first miracle of the Holy Spirit was the gift of tongues. God is with you and this is a part of His ministry.”
Simultaneously translating and listening was pretty rough, and people speak so much faster than I thought they did. “You shouldn’t have any problem talking all night, though,” says my mother.
Southern Union | October 2019