SWBTS Student Narrates ‘Jesus’ Film & TN Quarterback Produce Children’s Book
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary student Mang Siing recently became a part of history when he served as the narrator for the Zo language translation of the world-famous Jesus Film. The effort marked the film’s 2,000th available language. And, before he became the Heisman frontrunner leading the most feared offense in college football for the nation’s top-ranked team, Hendon Hooker thought it would be nice to write a children’s book.
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary student Mang Siing recently became a part of history when he served as the narrator for the Zo language translation of the world-famous Jesus Film. The effort marked the film’s 2,000th available language.
“Jesus” depicts the life and ministry of Christ, and is the world’s most translated film, according to Guinness World Records. Since its release in 1979, it has been viewed by billions of people around the world and resulted in more than 600 million decisions for Christ, according to statistics on the film’s website.
Siing, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in missions with a minor in evangelism at SWBTS, was approached through a connection with the evangelical organization Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) about leading the translation project for the film in the Zo language.
Siing, who is from Myanmar, said Zo is one of more than 50 different dialects of the Chin people group, and was of the last of the Chin languages to receive a biblical translation. The New Testament translation of Zo was completed about 10 years ago, followed by the entire Bible in 2018.
Aside from the Bible and a few Christian hymns, Siing said there is a lack of Christian content or resources in Zo. Many tribes do not even have access to the internet.
Before he became the Heisman frontrunner leading the most feared offense in college football for the nation’s top-ranked team, Hendon Hooker thought it would be nice to write a children’s book.
Football has always been a huge part of the Hooker family. Alan Hooker was an All-American at North Carolina A&T in the ‘80s who still holds many school records including throwing for six touchdowns in one game (something he likes to point out his sons haven’t matched). Alston is a freshman at his father’s alma mater while Hendon is in his second season with Tennessee after transferring from Virginia Tech. The result was “The ABC’s of Scripture for Athletes,” written in a comic book format and available at hookedonsports.org.
When NIL deals became a reality for college athletes last year to earn money on their Name, Image and Likeness, it led to a world where 18-year-olds received big paydays before their freshmen class schedules. For Hendon and Alston Hooker, it led their minds to those days of learning Scripture from their parents.
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