The Samburu numbering 160,000 people are a nomadic pastoralist community located in Samburu County, Rift Valley Province of Kenya. Their source of life and status is in their livestock. Milk, meat, blood and other traditional delicacies that come from these form their basic diet. Ethnic and traditional institutions of birth, youth, marriage, death and life in general, as well as language are practised and are a main sense of identity. The ratio of Christians to the population is about 10-12%. Adult literacy rate in Samburu is about 20%.
Why translate the Bible in Samburu?
WILL YOU HELP BRING BACK THE BOOK?
The Samburu say that in the beginning, God created a Samburu person, a cow, and a book. While the Samburu person was grazing the cow, the cow ate the book and from that point on communication between the Samburu and their God was cut off. In 2008, the Samburu church leaders used this story as a basis for raising funds for the work of Bible translation. They felt that the book that was eaten by the cow was the Bible and that the only way to get back that book was through the cow. For this reason, the leaders decided to each give a cow in order to raise funds to begin the work of translation.
The funds raised by the Samburu leaders and other partners saw the Samburu receive their New Testament on 14th December 2019. Translation of the Old Testament is ongoing and hopefully, in a few years, the Samburu people will have a Complete Bible. If you desire to support the remaining work, click on the donate button on how to. God bless.
Bible Translation & Literacy is a Christian organization that was established in 1981 to facilitate Bible translation.
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