November 19, 2010

47 Years In The Making

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Can you imagine waiting 47 years for your very first Bible?  How might you respond? 

From United Bible Societies:  “This 6-minute video shows the emotions of the Kimyal community in West Papua, Indonesia, as they receive the first copies of the New Testament in their language in March 2010.  Dancing, weeping and praying, the Kimyal people welcome God’s Word into their remote village and talk of how it will change their lives.

Work on the translation of the New Testament into Kimyal was begun in 1963 by Regions Beyond Mission Union (now World Team) missionaries Phil and Phyliss Masters.  Sadly, Phil Masters and a fellow missionary Stan Dale were killed by members of the neighbouring Yali tribe and the translation work was halted. However, the work eventually resumed and the New Testament was completed in early 2010 by a Kimyal translation team led by another World Team missionary, Rosa Kidd.”

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