Thursday, April 03, 2008

Every interpreter's nightmare

Editora Fiel is one of the finest missions works I have ever been associated with (click here for a "translated" version of their website). Rich and Pearl Denham have given their lives to making Christ known in Brazil (and other Portuguese speaking countries) for more than 50 years. It has been my privilege to speak 3 times at the annual Brazilian Fiel conference for church leaders. The last time I was there was 2006. This clip is from the last day of that meeting. Eros Pasquini is the main interpreter for the conference. In addition to being a faithful pastor, he is the best interpreter I have ever worked with. At about 1:45 into the clip I begin to express my appreciation to him for his excellent work during the conference, and have a little fun in the process. If you have ever been an interpreter or worked with one, you will probably appreciate the humor.


GUNNY said...

Sir, that's so heinous!

But so hilarious at the same time.

Worship Leader Ron said...

Hilarious!!! The post title couldn't be more perfect. I started feeling a bit uncomfortable for him at the end. Good stuff!!!

Bob Cleveland said...

My Portuguese is a bit rusty but I think I heard him refer to you as an "evil monkey", and something about drooling.

Bob Cleveland said...

And to be serious (**gasp**) for a minute, you can't hold a candle to a Chilton County Alabama preacher I heard on a mission trip in Russia once. He had the interpreted tied up in knots just talkin' like he always does.

deohsan said...

I do translation work in my church as well, from Chinese to English (we have a "bi-cultural" congregation) and I can really feel for the guy. Sometimes there is absolutely no way you can translate word for word. Results are sometimes funny (like what we saw in the video).

pregador27 said...

Tom, I think we need to make a "Bad" video of you instead of John Piper after this!

Honestly, hearing the translation makes my heart ache for Brasil even more! Is this full message available on video? Translation and all? Your interpreter handled it well.

Aren't Brazilian's just a joy to fellowship with- especially Brazilian's in ministry. Such passion for Christ!

Tom said...


Fiel has put up several messages from various conferences. I don't know how much of any one message they have, but there are many clips on youtube.

And yes, I have greatly enjoyed my fellowship with Braziian brothers.

GUNNY said...

FINALLY an Aggie made it to the Final Four!

Way to represent, Tom!

Gig 'em on your way to the championship!

DoGLover said...

Just remember, what goes around comes around. Sleep with one eye open & wait for the other shoe to drop.

Very funny, Bro.

Becca said...

you are terrible, padre. :)

Tom said...


Fortunately, I learned to sleep with one eye open shortly after becoming reformed in my theology while a young seminary student! ;-)


I know it must be hard for you to see your padre like that. Please don't tell the other children or your mother that I have a dark side!


Thanks for the love. I didn't even know I was in the tourney until a couple of days ago. Ol' Sarge is rarin' to go.

James said...

I've posted my Eros Pasquini story on my blog, along with a picture of Eros and I doing our "Twins" routine. Tom is exactly right: Eros is still the best translator I've ever worked with. He matched my cadence, my gestures, my tone of voice. A great brother I look forward to meeting again someday. Of course, when I was there, my fellow speaker, Pat Campbell, kept doing to Eros by accident what Tom did on purpose! We still laugh about it to this day. :-)


graceb4me said...

I started laughing when you said, "He helps me put my best foot forward."
....and I am just now coming up for air!
Thank you for the comedy relief! What a blessing it was to hear that!


Jeremy said...

I had to speak through an interpreter in Romania a few years ago. I jokingly told her to make my sermon sound better. She replied, "Oh, I've already been doing that!"

Jonathan Moorhead said...

That's too good! I'll be speaking to a Russian church tomorrow, and now I am sorely tempted.