The LORD had said to Abram, ‘Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father's family, and go to the land that I will show you.’ Gen 12:1
When you’re facing a difficult situation, where do you turn? What do you do?
Read about how the Kanu people in the Philippines turned to God’s word and how it made all the difference.
The Kanu people of the Philippines already have the New Testament in their mother tongue, but are still waiting for the Old Testament. A team of translators is working to fulfil this people’s desire to have the whole counsel of God available in the Kanu language.
One Kanu pastor, Pastor Jethro*, knows first-hand the impact that mother tongue Scripture can have on his congregation, given some of the challenges that they are currently facing.
The government is building a new highway along the city coastline, passing through the land where Pastor Jethro’s community lives. Consequently, they will have to move. There are rumours of relocation inland, to the mountains.
But the Kanu are coastal people. Mountains terrify them. One member of this community said, ‘We can’t move to the mountains. If we go there, we’ll die.’
What could Pastor Jethro offer his community in the face of this hardship? He shared about the faith given to Abram when he was told by God to leave his own homeland. A God-given faith that leads to steadfast trust in his promises and obedience to his will, even when the path ahead is unclear. He used the Scriptures to encourage his church to trust God even though they are frightened and are facing the unknown.
This is just one example of how Bible translation can make a big difference in people’s day-to-day lives. Hearing this pastor use the Scriptures for the building up of his flock was also a great encouragement to the Wycliffe translators who are working with the Kanu people, and whose newsletter this story came from.
Here are some ways that you can pray for the Kanu people:
- Pray for this Kanu community and their land. Pray God will provide the right place for them at the right time. Pray that God will give them the faith to keep on trusting in the midst of a very difficult situation.
- Pray God would continue to use the translated Scriptures mightily in building up the faith of the believers and in bringing more people to Himself.
- Pray for the translation team as they work towards a publication of the Pentateuch, the five books of Moses, over the next five years. (Genesis and Exodus have already been published).
*Names changed for security reasons