怀念Dale Ward (一): 摄影在艾尔米塔什博物馆

Dale Ward02 (200 x 250)2006年10月10日凌晨四点钟,Dale R. Ward先生,平安地断了气,离开了这世界。出生于1944年, Dale Ward 是生命之光广播电台的节目部经理。他不但是我的老板,他也是我的朋友。

Dale Ward有生之年,成就了几件大事。他是美国广播电台和电视台的采访记者,新闻部主任和节目经理。他住在亚拉巴马州时,不但在Heritage University教书,也为学校创建了一个广播电台。此外,Dale在美国几个州担任过传道人的工作和责任。

1990年,Dale开始在生命之光广播电台担任节目部经理。为了领导节目部,指导不同语言部门的节目内容,Dale学习了很广泛的知识。他对俄罗斯和前苏联的历史、文化、文学以及音乐有特别的研究。

苏联解体之前,在Dale的带领之下,生命之光广播电台是第一个在俄罗斯国内广播基督教福音节目的外国广播电台。

之后,俄罗斯政府有关单位授权Dale和生命之光广播电台,在艾尔米塔什博物馆(Hermitage Museum)摄影,制作影片把艾尔米塔什博物馆里面的几幅伦勃朗等画家画的名画给俄罗斯人作特别的介绍。这两部影片在俄罗斯的电视台以及几个教会里播放后,受到热烈的欢迎。

Dale前往俄罗斯圣彼得堡摄影时,他的健康状况并不很好;他有睡眠窒息的问题,所以睡觉的时候要带一个面罩,用机器和管子, 把空气送进他的鼻孔和嘴巴里。此外,Dale的心脏也有问题。但是,虽然如此,他坚持亲自去俄罗斯摄影。

无论身体健康不健康,Dale认为他有个使命把俄罗斯的“国宝”介绍给俄罗斯人。也许您听这句话,会觉得很奇怪。事实上,俄罗斯人知道这些油画是一流的艺术品,但是他们不明白画的内容。前苏联政府的极权统治特意遮盖了这些名画的意义,闭口不告诉公民这些油画所描述的是圣经的故事。

比方说,有一幅画是亚伯拉罕准备把独生儿子以撒献给神。另一幅画是耶稣基督复活之后,向他的使徒显现,让使徒其中的一位,名叫多马,亲眼看到耶稣手上和肋旁的钉痕。在Dale的指导下,生命之光广播电台出版了两部影片,让俄罗斯人重新认识他们的国宝,而从另外一面理解艾尔米塔什博物馆里的名画。

刚才所说的会让您看到Dale的精神、创造力、艺术感和远见。您可想象得到,获得俄罗斯政府官员以及艾尔米塔什博物馆官员的批准,把摄影机器,工作人员,演员等带到世界有名的艾尔米塔什博物馆摄影,不是一件容易做的事情。但是Dale Ward很有毅力,所以他坚持到底,成就了一件大事。

我很高兴,也感到很荣幸,能够与Dale Ward同工。我们生命之光的同仁都想到他,怀念他,为他所做的感谢天上的父神。

Memories of Dale Ward /01:
Filming in the Hermitage Museum
in St. Petersburg, Russia
By Edward Short, October 26, 2006

Dale Ward passed from this life on October 10, 2006, about 4:00 a.m. Born in 1944, Dale was Executive Producer at World Christian Broadcasting. Not only was he my boss, he was also my friend.

Dale accomplished several notable things while he lived. He was a news reporter and broadcaster for American radio stations, such as WCBD in Charleston, South Carolina, and a news anchor for WSPA, a television station in Spartanburg, South Carolina, as well. He was the director of news and programming departments for both radio and TV stations. When he lived in Alabama and taught at Heritage University in Florence, Dale established a radio station at the school. Additionally, over the years, Dale was a Christian minister in several cities.

Dale began working with World Christian Broadcasting in 1990. In order to lead the programming department of World Christian Broadcasting and to guide the content of the several language services, Dale studied a wide variety of information and acquired a wealth of knowledge. He was very knowledgeable about the history, culture, education and music of Russia and the former Soviet Union.

Under Dale’s leadership, World Christian Broadcasting became the first foreign radio station to broadcast the gospel of Jesus on domestic Russian Radio One, a nation-wide network.

Later, the authorities within the Russian government authorized Dale and World Christian Broadcasting to film inside the Hermitage Museum. Dale produced these films to give the Russian people a deeper understanding of the Rembrandts and other famous paintings in their own Hermitage Museum. These films were shown on some Russian TV stations and in several churches, and were received with great enthusiasm.

Dale’s health wasn’t the best when he journeyed to St. Petersburg, Russia. He had sleep apnea and congestive heart failure, nonetheless, Dale was determined to go to St. Petersburg and make the film.

Ill health or not, Dale felt a mission to introduce Russia’s national treasures to Russians. Perhaps this sounds strange to your ears, but the fact is that while the Russian people knew that their art was considered some of the most beautiful in the world, they did not understand the subject matter of some of it. The government of the Soviet Union had hidden the meaning of some of the famous paintings in the Hermitage Museum, and han’t told the people that some of the art depicted stories from the Bible.

For example, one painting shows Abraham about to slay his son Isaac, and another painting depicts the resurrected Jesus showing the wound in his side to Thomas, the doubting apostle. Under Dale’s direction, World Christian Broadcasting produced two films that enabled Russians to be reintroduced to their own national treasures, and to see in a brand new light the famous paintings that hang in the Hermitage.

Dale’s spirit, creativity, artistry and vision are all evident in this film project. You can imagine how difficult it was to obtain permission from the Russian government and the Hermitage Museum authorities to take cameras, personnel, actors and other equipment into the Hermitage to make these films. Dale Ward persevered however, and completed a large and valuable project.

I’m very happy that I had the honor of working with Dale Ward. All of us at World Christian Broadcasting think of him and miss him, and we thank God for all that Dale did.


怀念Dale Ward (一): 摄影在艾尔米塔什博物馆
Memories of Dale Ward /01: Filming in the Hermitage Museum
in St. Petersburg, Russia
作者:谢德华 By Edward Short
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