This week in our prayer diary we are focussed on the Central African Republic. On Palm Sunday, the nation faced their second coup, just ten years since the previous one. Since then, the humanitarian situation has deteriorated.
In Call to Prayer (pdf), you’ll find more information about how to pray for the Central African Republic (CAR), for aid agencies who are serving there and for Bible translation work. Alexis is among the workers who are still persevering and in the country:
Alexis Bonet-Zib is an Old Testament mother-tongue translator for the Gbaya people in the Central African Republic. During the recent political instability in the CAR, Alexis and his family had to flee their home for the rainforest.
Although Alexis fled for his safety it was not a time, in his opinion, that he should set aside his translation work. He brought along some Bibles and his translation notebook. There he continued his work despite having limited access to food and water.
Alexis often says concerning his work in Bible translation, “Like God set Jeremiah apart for his work, God has also set me apart for this work before I was born. Therefore, I am to give myself fully to this great task.”
There are over 220,000 people who speak Gbaya as their first language.
Praise God for men like Alexis, who God has called to this work. Incredibly, his story is not an isolated one; Alexis is one of many who share this deep sense of calling in the face of great challenges. Read about the amazing dedication of his compatriate Francis here.
Please keep praying for CAR (there’s information from the UN about the situation here), and consider whether God is asking you to support the work of Bible translation through committed prayer, giving or work. Find out more about how you can be involved.