Our Christmas appeal has launched! In it we tell the story of Fatima*, a young Muslim woman, living with her family in Mindanao in the Philippines.
By her own admission, she used to be an angry person and would often act disrespectfully towards her parents. In 2001 she came across portions of the New Testament translations in her own language and for more than nine years continued to read portions of Mark and Luke’s Gospels alongside a major language translation.
“I would read in secret because my parents would get very angry with me if they caught me reading the Bible. One time my mother saw me and forbade me to continue reading.”
After many years of secretly reading God’s word and seeking the truth of who he really is, he quietly revealed himself to her as she read the words of Jesus, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). For the first time she understood that Jesus is not just a Prophet, he is Christ the Lord—and she came to know him as her Saviour.
For Fatima, the transforming power of God’s word in her own language is both personal and dynamic.
“I just live in the way that his word teaches me to live, that’s what attracts my Muslim friends to think differently, even as I have. The change in me is the greatest testimony to the power of God and the truth of his word”.
The dedication and perseverance of the translation team working in her language has been amazing, continuing in their ministry in an Islamic context for so long before they saw the first fruit of their labour. 29 years after the project began, Fatima became the first to believe in her language community. Today her mother and sister are among the growing group of believers who are quietly beginning to form a small church.
The vision of Wycliffe remains steadfast. We want everyone in the world to have access to the Bible in the language they understand best, and are working with partners worldwide to see a Bible translation programme begun in every remaining language that needs one.
Will you make a special financial gift to Wycliffe this Christmas? A gift of just £10 could translate a single verse and change someone’s life forever. Give now.
*name changed for security reasons