Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Verses for the Vidunda

Tanzania

When I read this article from Andrew Byers at RELEVANT magazine about boring Christians, I could relate. I'm probably one of these "boring Christians" myself even if I do wish the author had come up with a better label for those of us who aren't doing particularly glamourous work. I love God dearly, but my husband is not a pastor, we're not overseas missionaries, etc... We simply seek to follow God and to serve as a part of His body, the Church.

However, we "boring" Christians are still called to, "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." (see Matthew 28:19) And it amazes me that, in this day and age, there are still people in this world who cannot be reached because we do not have the words. God saved me and His words are life to me.  They are my heart's songs of praise and my deepest well of comfort. 

Crossing distance and learning new cultures are daunting tasks, but how to teach the love of God and the beauty of His Word to someone whose language does not yet have a Bible translation?

The idea that there are people in this world who may remain unreached due to the lack of Scripture available in their languages is not something I can accept. I'm not okay with that.

I've mentioned One Verse before on this blog. And today I am so excited about the official kickoff of their project to raise money to translate God's Word into the language of the Vidunda people of Tanzania. I'm even more excited to be one of the One Verse Bloggers getting the word out about this project. God has put this project and these people on my heart and the more I learn about them, the more I want to share.

So who are the Vidunda? These people live in a mountainous region of Tanzania and sadly, their history has been one of fear and oppression. Over centuries, they have been victimized by slavery and during World War II, many of them were slaughtered. Sadder still, the Vidunda do not have the Bible available in their native language. That's right. A people in need of hope, in need of the true life that comes from salvation cannot read the Bible in their native language. Puts a new spin on something we take for granted, doesn't it?

But there is hope. One Verse has partnered with translators to bring the New Testament to the Vidunda in their own language and they hope to have it completed by 2015. What so many of us take for granted as an integral part of our lives will be available to the Vidunda one day soon.

And that is where we come in. As a One Verse blogger, I will be praying for the Vidunda and writing. All of us One Verse bloggers together are also hoping to raise enough money collectively to fund the translation of the entire New Testament. Translation of a single verse costs only $26.00 and donors will themselves receive a copy of the verse (or verses) that their donation has sponsored. I would be deeply touched if some of you reading would consider assisting us in reaching the Vidunda with God's Word. I may not be called to drop everything and translate the New Testament into the Vidunda language but I can, along with many other "boring Christians", help sponsor and pray for those who are.

There are an estimated 56,000 Vidunda speakers in Tanzania. Those are 56,000 people that God created and whom He loves who cannot access the Gospel in their native language. 

I'm not okay with that.



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5 comments:

  1. Wow, this is really something I take for granted every day. I wake up and read my Bible, and sometimes forget that not everyone has the same opportunity as me. Thanks for sharing. I'll be praying for the efforts of those who are translating and that the Vidunda will be able to read the scriptures.

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  2. I can grab my iPad and have several versions of His great truth at my fingertips. I appreciate this challenge to give to those who don't have the Word.

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  3. What a great and powerful mission. Like Kate said, this is definitely something we take for granted because we have the Word on our iPads, iPhones, computer, 3-4 around the house, etc. We often forget (and many just don't know) how fortunate we are to have the Word translated into our own native language. We're blessed and fortunate.

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  4. I was thanking my blogging friends the other day as I was so pleased to have met other like minded Christian ladies. One lady wrote to say that blogging was very important to her as she lived in a nation where less than 1% were Christian therefore didn't have any Christian friends. It's hard to comprehen living in a non Christian nation ( even if mine doesn't behave very Christian) . There are some things we take for granted.

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  5. Hi Amy,
    I don't if you remember me or not, but I briefly talked with you at Relevant. It's so good to join with you as a One Verse Blogger. I can't wait to see what God does through all of us who are blogging about this wonderful need. Blessings!

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