Reading Scripture can be challenging. Understanding it can be puzzling. This is certainly true for the churches in Yalaland in the Cross-River State of Nigeria.

With the guidance of the Yala language development and Bible translation program, Scripture and worship are becoming easier to understand. Lay leaders are gaining confidence in reading the New Testament in Yala through literacy and fluency classes.

Because the Old Testament is not yet available in Yala, congregations often hear on the fly translations from English to Yala during services. If the translation is too literal, it may be meaningless to those listening.

“Reading from Yala is less demanding and more meaningful. There isn’t the task of struggling with the translation and interpretation.”

The revised Yala New Testament with Psalms is now available to the Yala community. Translators continue to work on  the Old Testament translation. The translation work is coupled with literacy classes and Scripture engagement programs. These classes, seminars and resources provide the Yala people with the tools they need to more deeply understand and engage with Scripture in their language, applying it in their daily lives.

GOALS

Encourage more community involvement and participation in the use of Scripture materials.

Complete the drafting of 1 Chronicles.

IMPACT

Revised translation improves understanding of Scripture.

Lives are transformed as people interact with God’s Word through literacy and Scripture engagement tools.

FIELD NOTES

Pray that God continues to work through the Yala Bible translation team members and the consultant checking to produce an accurate, clear translation of the Word.

Pray for Rev. Linus Otronyi as he manages the program locally and implements a strategy for sharing God’s Word in the Yala language community through literacy classes, Scripture listening groups, and audiovisual resources.

Pray that the attendees of literacy classes and Scripture listening groups will increase their participation, deepening their understanding and furthering their engagement with Scripture.

Help bring the Yala language community deeper access to Scripture in the language that speaks most deeply to their hearts. The area Christian churches anxiously await the arrival of the complete Bible (Old and New Testament) accompanied with increased literacy to give them the tools they need for personal spiritual enrichment as well as effective outreach to their people.

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