An Update from the Gulf
The Bible Society in the Gulf runs a project which reaches out to migrant workers in the Gulf states with Scriptures. These migrant workers can live in cramped conditions, with often up to 10 people living in one house.
But from one of the migrant languages a phrase has become a key evangelistic tool to many people.
“It is not
, which means
in Telugu,” said Prasad, a migrant worker from India.
There are an estimated 1.5 million Telugu speakers working in the Gulf states. Many have lost their jobs or had their salaries reduced due to the economic shutdown, and in their cramped living conditions they are most at risk to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Bible Society used Prasad’s observation to publish a new booklet in Telugu and English, appropriately titled
Its content reflects the nature of the COVID-19 world—and of God’s kingdom. There are frequent references to “humbled nations,” “greedy people,” and “exploitation of the poor.”
“We want to show migrant workers there is a God who humbles everyone, but who can lift them up.” said General Secretary Hrayr Jebejian.
With the booklet peppered with Bible verses about the wages of sin and the promises of God, GS Hrayr is eager to provide perspective to the Gulf’s rich and poor alike.
Unable to distribute the booklet as its 14 regional bookshops are closed, the Bible Society in the Gulf is circulating a PDF version through the WhatsApp messaging service. There is also an audio version, given that 2 in 5 Telugu in the Gulf are unable to read.
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