For years, Jume heard John 3:16 and other biblical truths spoken in the local trade language Hausa, or in English. But these truths just didn’t sink in. Now, as she sits in her village in Nigeria and thinks about this famous verse, tears gather in her eyes and her mouth stretches into a wide grin.
‘I memorise it in my heart, and even saying it out sometimes I am memorising it. I always recite it with my voice.’
Yet it wasn’t always so.
Jume used to wake up at night in her house, worried and fearful, and have nowhere to turn. Now that she has portions of the Bible in her own language – Nyankpa – it’s different. She knows where to turn when she is troubled.
‘Even at night, midnight, if I wake up, I will just sit down and meditate and sing.’
Watch the video below to hear more of Jume’s story:
It really does make a difference, having the Bible in the language you understand best. Jume prays that God will help future generations to know the importance of engaging with the Bible in their own language. Then their lives will be transformed too. The impact of the work on people’s lives today would in itself be enough reason to continue with Bible translation, but we know that it will also echo through the ages, leaving a legacy for this generation’s descendants, so that they too will be able to come to know Jesus, to be saved, and in turn to share the good news with their children.
Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop – a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. – Matthew 13:8
Jume’s deeper understanding of the truths in the Bible is a result of the work of Bible translation teams. These teams only exist because of God’s generosity through people like you. Without all of us serving together, Jume wouldn’t have a Nyankpa Bible.
Bible translation really is all about teamwork. Some have the skills to actually do the translation. Others work in roles that enable translation to happen – administration, leadership, IT, finance and HR. Still others serve as senders, equipping those people to go through their encouragement and friendship, and supporting the work through prayer and giving. So although you may not be one of those who are translating God’s word, you can play a vital role.
1 Corinthians 3:6–9 teaches us that we all have a part to play: one plants, another waters – and God causes the growth.
Today, pray that God will show you your place in the team, and plant a seed.