God’s word changes even the most difficult circumstances: partner in this work now
On a cluster of islands in eastern Indonesia, schoolteacher Manu* translates the Bible into his mother tongue, Kuluhi*. The Bible does not yet exist in any of the 17 languages of these islands. Most people do not have a good understanding of Christianity because it has traditionally been practised in languages they do not understand well, rather than in their own languages.
It is in this context that Manu and others are working. He and his team have had more than their fair share of challenges, including the death of a team member. More recently, Manu himself was sent to prison for a year because of a boat accident during a school trip he was leading.
Although unbearable at first, he now testifies to God’s faithfulness to him during this time:
‘I spent the first two months in a cell without ever going outside. At first, I thought I wouldn’t be able to bear it. But then I realised: I could pray and read God’s word. The book I always had to hand was the Bible, as well as a booklet in my own language with the story of Joseph. Motivated by how Joseph ministered to his fellow prisoners, I prayed that I would be able to do the same. I invited all the prisoners to worship together every Saturday. This invitation was well received, and my fellow prisoners even asked me to share God’s word! I was also motivated by how Paul used his time in prison to continue his ministry. With this in mind, I carried on translation work into my own language.’
God’s word changes even the most difficult circumstances. Could you partner with Manu and the other translators on these islands by giving a gift to their work?
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