Mother Tongue Lanuague Day
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Nelson Mandela said “if I read in my mother tongue language, then I know exactly what the Bible means” so simple but so poignant.
Ali shared this story in our email update a couple weeks ago.
I recently heard of some translators from a Nigerian language group who were working on a translation of some portions of the gospels into their own language. They were blown away when they finally understood that Jesus had died for THEIR sins; they had always thought that he had died for his own sins.
A subtle miss-understanding but rather fundamental to understanding the Christian faith! Something we probably take for granted when working with other Christians but in this case it was all because they had never before had it in their own mother tongue language. That is EXACTLY why we are involved in Bible Translation ministry.
A local Nigerian paper just featured an article all about Nigerian languages, it speaks very highly of the ministry we are involved in – it is quiet long, but an interesting read.