On May 23, 2017, the Roviana people dedicated the complete Roviana Bible — exactly 115 years to the day after the first missionaries shared the gospel in their community.
It was on May 23, 1902, that Reverend John Goldie led a party of missionaries to bring the gospel to the Roviana people on New Georgia Island. These missionaries came from Tonga, Fiji and Samoa with a desire to share the gospel with their neighbors. As a result, the Roviana community now has the complete in their own language, as well as an audio version of the New Testament.
The Roviana Bible — the “Buka Hope” — was celebrated with two-and-a-half days of festivities! More than 1,000 attendees filled the church, while hundreds more sat outside. They were all there to celebrate this life-changing gift of the gospel in their own language. And after 115 years of waiting, it was a day that will be remembered for many years to come.
- Praise God that the Roviana have the complete Bible!
- As the community uses the “Buka Hope,” ask God to transform lives as people read or listen to his Word in their own language.
- Pray for other language communities in the region that will be using the Roviana Bible as a source text.
Make a Prayer Connection: Continue praising God for this recently completed Bible and read more about the Roviana celebration.