Monday, January 10, 2011

Nigeria: Bible translator kidnapped

This breaking story from "Intercessors Network" out of Sweden. Contact Lars Widerberg

Wycliffe Bible Translators reports that the translator/coordinator of the Tarok translation project in Nigeria was kidnapped in Jos on December 16.

The Seed Company says roughly 70 percent of the Tarok people are Christians. The New Testament and the “JESUS” film are already available in their heart language.

However, Tarok believers are eager for more background material. The Old Testament can provide a foundation to better understand Christ’s teachings in their New Testament. A team was formed, and the project got underway.

Excitement grew as people began to understand how much their culture would benefit from both an oral and a written form of the Bible. As a result, a partner organization will record an audio version of the New Testament and put it on digital players to foster listening groups around the mother-tongue Scriptures.

As the Old Testament is completed, the whole Bible will be produced in both printed and audio formats, to support people’s spiritual growth.

The kidnapping is a crushing blow for the team. Please pray for the coordinator’s safe release. Ask God to minister to him during his captivity.

Pray, too, for his family and for the Tarok translation team. As a result of this incident, the team was forced to cancel a translation-checking session scheduled for this month.

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