The word of God in English is available to us in so many different formats and versions. We don’t even have to pay for the multiple versions of the Bible in English that are accessible online. The Avatime people of south eastern Ghana were introduced to Christianity a hundred years ago but they still have no Bible in their language.
The majority of the Avatime profess to be Christian but traditional religion is widely practised alongside Christianity. The manager of the Avatime project, Divine Munumkum asks us to pray that ‘the people of Avatime, especially the churches, would fully commit themselves to the Avatime literacy and Bible translation programmes.’
Translation work has begun and several books from the New Testament have been drafted and consultant checked*. Divine rejoices that the published books – Matthew, Mark, John, 1 and 2 Thessalonians and James – are being read in churches and at other occasions such as funerals. The Avatime have a low rate of literacy so
‘the project has printed reading books which include proverbs, health, basic primers, numeracy and more. In all there are 11 titles. We are seeking permission from the Education Ministry to introduce the Avatime language into the primary school so pray that we are able to do so.’
There is a feeling of spiritual opposition to Bible translation in this language. Please pray for spiritual victory. One of the areas the project has known opposition in is the area of health. One staff member, Walter, has had a big wound on the top of his left foot for over 6 months. Please pray for Walter’s healing and the good health of all project staff and their families. The Avatime project staff need our support and right now you can pray for them. Please stand in the gap on their behalf today.
The Avatime Bible translation project is supported by our partner organisation the Seed Company; for more information about the project please visit the Seed Company website.
* Translations are checked by specialist consultants to make sure that they are an accurate translation and are clear and natural to the readers.