Praying for South Sudan and the Keliko People | Wycliffe Bible Translators

Praying for South Sudan and the Keliko People

A look at this region and how to pray for its people.

  • April 4, 2019
Keliko men and women dressed in purple, dancing at their Scripture celebration

South Sudan officially seceded from Sudan on July 9, 2011, making it Africa’s youngest recognized country. This move to independence marked the end of decades of conflict, as well as a surge in determination to rebuild and move forward. For the Keliko it was a time to press into the translation work they started in 1985, claiming Matthew 7:7 to keep on asking God for their Keliko Scriptures.

But renewed civil unrest in South Sudan in 2016 forced many of the Keliko people to relocate to refugee settlements in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda. Despite these hardships, the Keliko continue to persevere with joy (James 1: 2-3), and many are passionately supportive of Bible translation.

Two men read the Keliko New Testament
Large sunflower in forefront with Keliko house in background

Praise God that on August 11, 2018, the Keliko New Testament (with portions of the Old Testament) was officially dedicated! The ability to access God’s Word in their language is finally a reality. The published Scriptures have already been eagerly received by the Keliko people and leaders of various churches. Young people are writing Scripture-based worship songs being used in services. Many Keliko adults never went to school, but a robust literacy program is drawing even more readers.

When peace is restored to South Sudan, Keliko believers anticipate returning home to impact their community, their neighbors and even their nation with the life-transforming power of the gospel. Thank God for the work that he has done and continues to do in the lives and hearts of the Keliko. God continues to use your prayers to further the work of Bible translation around the world!

  • Praise God for the completed Keliko Scriptures and for the joyful, receptive hearts of the people.
  • Pray for translators as they work to complete the Old Testament in Keliko.
  • Ask God for the continued implementation and success of Keliko literacy programs, including workshops and training for women.

The Book of Joy

Make a Prayer Connection: Ask for God's abundant provision so that other communities in South Sudan may have the Scriptures in a language and form they understand, just like the Keliko.