In our prayer goody bag Finishing in God’s time you can watch a short video about the struggles that the Mangbetu project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has faced. Thank you for praying for the team. We are excited to be able to let you know that your prayers are making a difference!
There is a national team running the Mangbetu project and their translation consultant, Doug, has just returned from a successful visit to work with the team. Here is an excerpt from Doug’s report written towards the end of his trip:
‘The Mangbetu team (Marcel, Nicolas and Idrissa), consultant-in-training, André, and I have experienced good health (as have our families), warm relationships and excellent progress. We’ve all been aware of God’s special grace and blessing, including relatively few obstacles (which are normally part of everyday life here in Congo). We certainly attribute that to your prayers (including those of our partners) and the Lord’s faithfulness. In the checking work, we’re now in the 10th chapter of Mark (about a chapter per day), and continue to reach close to publishing quality. With the Spirit’s inspiration, we’ve found improvements for more than 10 key biblical terms in Mangbetu – for instance, “to repent” is “to turn one’s heart toward God”, and “to betray someone” is “to sell someone into the hands of their enemies”. We’ve also discovered and noted more than a dozen grammatical rules that will help the team improve the accuracy and consistency of their translation.’
Praise God for so much progress in a relatively short time.
Doug also expresses how overwhelming the challenges can be:
‘I was thinking about the seemingly impossible task of bringing God’s word to the remaining 120 or so language groups in Congo who are still waiting. His word in their heart languages would bring many more to faith in Christ, give them assurance of his love and hope for the future….If we offer ourselves fully and put our trust in him, he has promised to accomplish the impossible both in us and through us all!’
Please stand in the gap for the Mangbetu project, thanking God for all he is doing, and praying:
- For protection and continued unity for the team working in the DRC
- That God would provide for all their needs
- That God would use Doug, Marcel, Nicolas, Idrissa, back translator Jean and consultant-in-training André to accomplish his purposes for the Mangbetu people.
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