I joined BTL a few years ago as one of the Bible translators. Before then, I taught in one of the schools back home, and on Sundays, I would attend my local church with my family. It wasn’t, however, easy for my family to be in a congregation of believers because of our faith. My children were persecuted and sometimes even beaten up by the neighbours’ children, while my wife was often insulted by her family and the whole community for adhering to a different faith from their own.
God saw my family’s anguish, and He opened a door for me to be a Bible translator at BTL. And to be effective in my new role, BTL moved my family to a distant and secure town where I could translate the Scriptures into our language. That was an answered prayer. My family was rescued from the insults, curses, and persecutions from our families, friends, and community leaders.
Since we relocated, we attend church on Sundays, participate in Christian forums, and celebrate Christmas and the New Year with our fellow believers. My children have made new friends at school and also at the church. One of our neighbor’s teaches my wife God’s Word to help her grow spiritually. God settled my family, which gives me joy and peace. As a translator, I am happy to see God’s purpose in my life and that of my community as I engage in Bible translation. I am God’s vessel to take God’s Word to my community.
*David, not his real name, serves as a Bible translator in one of BTL’s projects considered to be a sensitive community. It is sensitive in the sense that David’s community does not profess Jesus as Lord. Praise God for David’s family, which proclaims Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Pray for him and his colleagues, for protection, grace and strength as they work to ensure that God uses them to bring light into their community through their work of translating the Scriptures into their language!