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.