In a year marked with many challenges, the launch of two New Testaments in southern Nigeria has brought joy to the people of Ogbia and Epie.
In September 2020, Covid-19 restrictions had eased sufficiently so that Bible Society was able to organise two dedication services, one on the 22nd September for the Ogbia New Testament and one on the 23rd September for the Epie New Testament.
Just five years after the Ogbia New Testament translation project got underway, people from across Bayelsa State gathered at the Ogbia Brotherhood Hall to celebrate the completion of the Ogbia New Testament.
Retired teacher, John Okolubo, said, “I love the Word of God. This Bible will transform the lives of the Ogbia people. Without it, we lacked God’s presence. But with it, we have reached the promised land.”
The following day the Epie New Testament was launched at St Peter’s Anglican church in Yenagoa. Speaking at the celebration, Senator Douye Diri, the Governor of Bayelsa State, commended the Bible Society of Nigeria for its leading role in Bible translation in the country.
“By this singular action, the Bible Society of Nigeria is preserving Nigerian native languages,” he declared, “especially those of the minor ethnic groups which are fast going into extinction.”
Guest speaker, Bishop Patterson Kikile, General Overseer of the Glorified Ambassadors for Christ Assembly Missionary, stated that meaningful life is only found in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Bishop Kikile explained that, “reading the Bible in one’s mother tongue gives a better understanding and has more impact than reading it in a foreign language.”
Both services of thanksgiving culminated in the new translations being read aloud, with the gathered crowds reacting with joy.
Pray with us
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE ONGOING TRANSLATION WORK ON BOTH THE OGBIA AND EPIE BIBLE TRANSLATIONS, AS THE BIBLE SOCIETY OF NIGERIA HAS SET THE AMBITIOUS TARGET OF FINISHING BOTH OF THESE TRANSLATIONS WITHIN TWELVE YEARS. PRAY FOR THE ONGOING IMPACT OF THE NEW TESTAMENTS ON THESE COMMUNITIES.
Bible a Month Regular Giving
Join over 2,500 other kiwis who have committed to giving monthly to help put the Bible into the hands of people all around the world.