God gives us a vision, an idea, a dream of how he wants us to be part of his plan for this world. However, often we cannot achieve that vision on our own: we need a support team, to finance, to pray and to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty with us.
There are five translation teams working in Brazzaville (the capital city of the Republic of Congo) that have just started translating the Bible. Over the coming weeks, they are making their first trips to their language areas to test the work they’ve done so far. First reports are very exciting:
‘The Mbochi team said that people were very surprised and excited to hear God’s Word in their language – they said “Is it possible that the Bible is in Mbochi?” and “This is real Mbochi, with no French mixed into it”. They were able to travel to several different villages and they were very encouraged personally to find that the people are open and excited about what they are doing and want to hear God’s word in their language.’
The big challenge for these teams is that they are all based in the capital city, Brazzaville, but they want the work to be accepted in the regions where they come from. So please pray for creativity in finding ways to connect with their language areas so that people there will feel like it’s happening for them, even though it’s not happening in their regions. It seems like the initial response is very positive, but the question now is how to follow up on that enthusiasm. Some people were disappointed that the translators went to visit and show them things but then left without leaving them anything behind. Next time they go, they want to have some written and recorded materials ready to leave behind.
- Please pray that the translators would continue to communicate the vision God has given them for translation clearly.
- Pray that people in their language areas will really be touched by hearing God’s word in their own language, and for the churches in these areas to catch the vision of using the translated Scriptures so that it will touch and transform people’s lives.
- Pray that interest and enthusiasm will not wane, because the process of translation is a long one.