In the summer of 2009, Victor Nee, like so many other Americans amid our country’s struggling economy, was laid off from his job. When deciding what to do next, he remembered back to a Wycliffe Associates conference he had attended.
“A few years back I attended a conference, and I thought that if I ever had some free time, volunteering would be great to do,” Victor says. “Suddenly I had the time and thought I could use the only skill set I have—computers.”
After a little research, Victor learned there was a need in a village in a sensitive area in Asia for volunteers with a computer background. Being of Asian descent, he was excited to feel God calling him to that part of the world, where he could use his technical skills to help advance Bible translation.
After a 10-hour bus ride from the nearest major city, Victor arrived in a remote, rural village. All of the computers at the office were in various stages of disrepair and had been for some time. For the next three-and-a-half months, he repaired computers and provided training and onsite technical support, which was a huge blessing to the missionaries, who rely heavily on them. But computer expertise was only part of the blessing that Victor had to share.
It is always exciting to see the little “extras” that volunteers bring to the table. In Victor’s case it was his love of music—specifically praise songs. The village where Victor was serving had just been approved by the government to start a church. (All churches in the region must obtain governmental approval.) But the group of eight believers who set out to start the church had no worship music.
“They didn’t have any songs in their mother tongue language so we got together every week and started writing and editing music and lyrics,” Victor recalls. “The day before I left, we had about 10 songs written, polished, and recorded. When the church finally gets going, they are going to have songs they can sing. We even made them a little song booklet. How wonderful it is for our Heavenly Father to receive praise from yet another language from his beloved creation.”
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