help complete the story
Okun Christians in Nigeria are still waiting for a translation of the whole Bible in their own language.
Help translators to fill in the blanks.
The Bible is one continuous story of God’s love for His people. Starting this story halfway through might seem confusing!
This is the situation facing the Okun people in Nigeria. Earlier this year, they celebrated the launch of the first New Testament in their own language — yet they still only have half of the Bible. What a celebration there would be if they receive the complete Bible in their own heart language!
Your gift today can help give them the whole story.
The Okun New Testament was delivered in just over four years, making it the fastest ever translation of the New Testament by the Bible Society of Nigeria.
Now we need your help to give them the Old Testament.
The Bible Society of Nigeria want to complete the translation and publish the Old Testament by the end of this year, and with your financial support this could happen.
The Obasaju of Kabba, CHIEF OLARENWAJU KEHINDE, expressed joy at seeing the Okun New Testament.
He said, ‘There are many people in the Church who do not understand the English Language, but with the New Testament in their heart language, they will easily understand the Word of God. The New Testament in Okun Language will serve as a unifying factor among the Okun speaking communities’.
Persecution is becoming more common in Nigeria and West Africa. Chief Olarenwaju Kehinde recalled that, in the past, some people who translated the Word of God in Nigeria were humiliated and killed. Even now, the persecution of Christians and especially Christian workers is increasing. News reports from Nigeria tell us that at least 237 Christians have been murdered by militants since the beginning of July 2020 in a wave of targeted anti-Christian attacks.
You can honour the sacrifice made by translators by helping to complete the Old Testament translation.
Evangelist ELIJAH OLORUNFEMI, said, ‘It is a great joy for me having this New Testament today. We have long waited for it. Reading the Bible in other languages was a challenge, but with the Okun New Testament, it will now be easy for us to understand the Word of God.’
‘We have been preaching and singing in the language, so reading the Bible now in our own heart language will enhance and revolutionise the presentation of the gospel. I am very excited about it.’
Your partnership and generosity in this work is essential to help continue to translate much-needed Scripture as together we seek to build Christ’s kingdom during these hugely challenging times.