Featured Photo From the Field: God is Not a Foreigner Anymore

  • April 25, 2018
  • By: Elaine Bombay
Featured Photo From the Field: God is Not a Foreigner Anymore

A young boy smiles for the pho­tog­ra­pher in the mar­ket in Bori, South Sudan.

The peo­ple of South Su­dan have rarely known peace. The decades since Su­dan’s in­de­pen­dence from Britain and then South Su­dan’s in­de­pen­dence from Su­dan have been marked by tur­moil and war.

De­spite the tur­bu­lence, Bible trans­la­tion has been tak­ing place. The Baka trans­la­tion be­gan in 1980 in south­ern Su­dan. The team en­dured civil war, vi­o­lence, hav­ing to flee as refugees, and a kid­nap­ping. Through it all, trans­la­tion con­tin­ued, and in March 2017, the Baka com­mu­nity cel­e­brated the launch of the New Testament.

Now that the Baka have God’s Word, “God is not a for­eigner any­more. Jesus is one of us. He can talk [our] di­alect,” says Pas­tor Ben­nett Marona, the trans­la­tion pro­ject manager.

To see more of their story, watch this video about the Baka trans­la­tion. (Video avail­able in English)

Photo by Elaine Bombay

This was originally posted at wycliffe.net.