A significant milestone has been reached for the 550,000 speakers of the Ossetic language, who live in the North Caucasus, in Russia. They recently received the Book of Genesis in their own language.
Although Bible translation into the Ossetic language first began as early as the 18th century, it stalled - for several centuries - until a group of local Bible Society-trained enthusiasts began translation work again in 2002.
In October last year, a large crowd gathered at a library in the city of Vladikavkaz for the launch, which featured readings from Genesis in Ossetic, Russian, Hebrew and German.
Afterwards Bible Society distributed copies to libraries and Christian communities in North and South Ossetia, including in the town of Beslan which was the scene of Russia’s worst terrorist attack in 2004.
This article is from The Word at Work – New Year 2012.
As a little girl, Mrs Bala wanted to learn to read and write, but owing to her familys poverty she was unable to. Now, at the age of 75 she has been attending Bible Society literacy classes at the Chourkhuli Church of Bangladesh in Kotalipara in southwestern Bangladesh.