Translation work in Gabon
The Bible Society in Gabon has been working on several translations over the last few years. These include work on translating the Old Testament into the Ghetshogho language, a language widely spoken in the south of the country.
Completion of the New Testament finished in 1983, yet it wasn’t distributed until later due to a fire that burned the entire stock. Once they have had received the New Testament the people began requesting the full Bible in their language.
The Bible Society in Gabon began to work with the people to translate the Old Testament and after just over 9 years project supervisors estimate they have translated 90% of the Bible. This is a very exciting time for the Ghetshogho people- they are so close to having the full Word of God. The full translation will hopefully be complete by 2021.
As a result of more of the Bible becoming available, the church has seen an increase in people coming to faith. Pastors and church leaders have acquired the tools to better enable them to teach and preach the Gospel in the local language. The Ghetshogho speakers can now improve their understanding of the Gospel and can connect with God in their own language. New parishes have been established throughout the area and more people are actively participating in the church.
Pray for the Ghetshogho translation:
- Pray for the continued participation and support of local churches. Pray that this project would bring the Christian community in southern Gabon together and it would bless every believer.
- Pray that the 2019 targets for this project would be achieved and they would remain on schedule for the completion of the full Bible.
- Pray for the translation team, pictured above. Pray that they would be encouraged and continue their work with zeal. Ask God to preserve their health, and that new translator, who has recently joined the team, would settle into their role.
- Thank God for the support this project has received from donors. Please ask that financial support would continue to be provided.