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One Reason Why Having The Bible In Your Own Language is Important

Sep. 17, 2013By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

From a recent email update:

Listeners to the Totonac Radio Hour call frequently to request a free copy of the Highland New Testament, recorded Gospel messages, and the Jesus video, all produced in the Totonac language. Lives are changed when the Good News is heard or read by the people in the language they understand best. One noteworthy example comes from a group of Jehovah’s Witness that congregates near Felipe’s home town of Nanacatlan.

A young man named Manuel, who is an elder and teacher of the congregation, called to request a Bible. Several weeks later he called Felipe again to ask questions and request a personal visit. Of the two Bibles, I like the Totonac copy, he explained, because I understand it. The Jehovah Bible is in Spanish. I have compared the two Bibles. Yours is different from the version that we teach in our church. Continuing, Manuel said, in reading the Totonac New Testament I understand that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is the One Jehovah God of the Bible who is savior of your soul. My Jehovah Spanish Bible says that Christ is lower than Jehovah God, not one in the same. With various other teachings from that day forward Manuel accepted Christ as Savior and began teaching a Christian church in his small village. Manuel's wife also accepted Christ.

Since then other elders of the Jehovah’s Witness congregation have come to ask for copies of the Totonac New Testament for their people because they better understand the Words in their own language. In this way the New Testaments available to distribute have become a great blessing to the Totonac people. Of similar impact on the tribe are the CDs, cassettes, and the radio program that are distributed through door-to-door evangelism and on the air waves, all produced in the Totonac language.

You can learn more here.

Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International.  As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter

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