Two years ago we did a five-part blog series on the Mankanya people of Guinea-Bissau, Senegal and The Gambia about their Bible translation journey. When Genesis and the New Testament were published in May 2014, we asked you to pray for the impact of the Scriptures – that the Mankanya would have a real hunger for God’s word, and that God would use his word to transform their lives and set them free from fear of the spirits.
God’s word is truth.
We must return to God.
We must reject the spirits because they slow us down and enslave us.
These were some of the comments made during a gathering at the end of January of about thirty Mankanya people. They had met to reflect on what God’s word says about spirit worship and divination etc. One of the former translators, Jacques Toupane had been inspired to organise it after he was struck by a passage from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians which says that sacrifices offered to the spirits are not offered to God (1 Corinthians 10:19-22).
The day started with the group looking at some of their traditional practices – clarifying what these practices involved, why they did them, what the benefits were and what the negative consequences were. They then went on to see what specific Old and New Testament passages from the Mankanya translation of the Scriptures said about association with the spirits – and all the sub-groups concluded that God’s word was clear that they should not have anything to do with them.
They also listened to some teaching by a Mankanya pastor, Victorien Nakigan. He pointed out the need to choose between worshipping God and worshipping other things. He encouraged them to follow the disciples’ example and to remain firm in their faith in God.
The participants concluded by saying that they should stop making sacrifices to the dead (for both spiritual and economic reasons), that they should study God’s word in Mankanya together to know him better and that they should share what they’d learnt with others.
Will you join us in praying for the Mankanya people again?
- Praise God for the way that he is speaking to the hearts of the Mankanya people through his word!
- Pray that those who attended the recent meeting will stand firm in their resolve to move away from all spirit worship and divination.
- Pray for protection from the spirits for these people.
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