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May 6, 2013

On Sunday, May 5th, we publicly dedicated and launched the Nsenga Gospel of Mark. It’s hard to describe the event for people who have never been to an African church service. It’s even more difficult to describe how those 500+ people felt upon hearing the Scripture Lesson (and not just the announcements) in church on Sunday morning in their own language. We English-speakers take it for granted that there are Bibles in our language. Just imagine experiencing that for the very first time!

We actually had to take a short break for people to clap and cheer after the pastor read the Gospel lesson, Mark 3:31-35, in Nsenga. The people were very happy.

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. But I will say that after the service, we stayed around for at least an hour, greeting people, having them thank us, and selling copies of Mark. We sold 38 copies, and left 15 more at the church on consignment. One man promised to go home and read his copy to his two daughters. Another man joked that he might need to buy another copy, because if he only brings home one there might be “problems.”

In upcoming weeks, we will carry the Gospel booklets to other churches, highlighting the work and sharing the power of God’s Word with people who are hungry to hear it in their own heart language. (It’s also available online!) Please keep praying that the Nsenga Bible will be accepted and used by many people throughout Zambia.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Zach permalink
    May 6, 2013 9:37 am

    It is very exciting to hear about how eagerly this book of Scripture is being welcomed!

  2. Steve Lawrenz permalink
    May 7, 2013 12:39 am

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013.


    Thanks for your letter and I enjoyed the pictures. I am happy that you showed the book itself in your pictures because I wanted to see it.

    I cannot say enough that you sure know how to advertise your work in these newsletters. I hope your benefactors support you in abundance.

    As you know, as if I haven’t told you this before, Nsenga was an important language to me because of the incredible amount of Nsenga found in Lusaka Nyanja. I actually enjoyed reading that mid 1920 grammar book twice.

    There was one thing I noted in what you wrote that you might want to keep in mind in the future over against your US supporters. You mentioned selling 38 copies and 15 more on consignment. As far as I think, that doesn’t make sense to Americans, since Americans usually can think only according to what they see in their own lives. How so? Well, with 500 in attendance, an American would think that the rejoicing Christians would buy hundreds and hundreds of the book. “Only 38?” they will think.

    Well, Americans don’t know how carefully the people of Zambia must control the use of their money. People in Zambia don’t have the enormous amount of money to spend on anything they want like Americans have.

    Also, they don’t understand that many can’t read.

    The Zambian Nsenga peoples’ joy comes from what they hear in speech, not in writing. (But Bible passages that are not in writing don’t get into speech either, of course. They need the Nsenga Bible!)

    Your event makes me happy. I rejoice with you.

    Steve Lawrenz, Blantyre, Malawi.

  3. Elizabeth permalink
    May 10, 2013 9:52 am

    Glory be to God. How can I get a copy, I am in Lusaka

  4. May 10, 2013 11:54 am

    Elizabeth, you can get a copy from the Bible Society of Zambia (“Bible House”) on Freedom Way. By late next week they should have some copies for sale. It’s also on the internet at: Blessings as you read God’s Word!

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