“We’ve been waiting for this Bible for so long!”
Nigerians welcome new Bible translations
Across Nigeria, people are rejoicing as new Bible translations are completed!
OKRIKA SPEAKERS WELCOME THE BIBLE IN THEIR LANGUAGE
The much-anticipated Okrika language Bible was dedicated before an overflowing crowd.
“If it were possible to see inside my heart, you would see how happy I am that we finally have our Bible,” said King Acheseimimie Frank. “Without your language, you have no identity.” David Ogan, another event participant, said, “We’ve been waiting for this Bible for so long.”
Around 248,000 people speak Okrika. And now, the faithful support of financial partners has made the complete Bible available in the heart language of these people.
REVISED TIV BIBLE LAUNCH A CAUSE TO CELEBRATE
Nigeria’s large Tiv-speaking community saw a long-awaited dream come true as the Revised Tiv Bible was officially launched. The previous translation was outdated and difficult to understand for many of the Tiv people, especially the younger generation.
Rev. Gideon Gandekaka, who traveled many miles to attend the launch, said, “I am so happy to have lived long enough to witness its publication.”
KALABARI PEOPLE GET FIRST BIBLE
Hundreds of Kalabari speakers in southern Nigeria danced and sang with joy as they received their first Bible ever in their own language. Kalabari is spoken by around 258,000 people, and thanks to Bible Society friends, they now have access to the complete Bible!
“Today I am the happiest Kalabari person,” said Rev. D.B. Kaladokubo, who served for 10 years on the translation committee.
We rejoice with these brothers and sisters in Christ. But much work remains to be done. Nigeria has about 500 languages. Of those, only 26 have a Bible translation. The faithful support of our financial partners helps continue translation efforts. Thank you!
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