Jean is a Karang man living in Cameroon. Translation advisor Bob Ulfers met Jean while testing translated Karang Scripture in his village. A frail old blind man, Jean would sit at a distance and listen as the Scripture passages were read and discussed.
Bob decided to start greeting him. “Soko ngernzuk! (Hello, Elder!)” he’d say to him. Soon Jean started sitting closer and even began contributing to the discussions, helping to provide feedback to the Karang translation team as they finalized the translation.
People were buying up memory cards with preloaded Karang Scriptures for their phones, but Bob knew Jean didn’t have the money either for a phone or for a MegaVoice (a solar powered digital Scripture player). So he decided to give him a MegaVoice unit.
Bob says, “I labeled a unit with his name and gave it to him. Although the photo does not show it well, he was overwhelmed with gratitude and joy! Now God’s Word is no longer at a distance for him.”
Most of us have easy access to the living, eternal words of God, but Jean didn’t….Now he does! And like the Psalmist, he was overjoyed to receive them: “I rejoice in your word like one who discovers a great treasure (Psalms 119:162 NLT).
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I am a translator for the Saep people of Papua New Guinea. Thank you for sharing an encouraging story about God’s Word that we can share with our friends.
Grace and peace,