The completion of a New Testament is cause for celebration! It commemorates the joy of a community crossing a finish line by finally receiving Scripture in their language. Each translated New Testament is the result of years of work, sacrifices, resources and fierce dedication by translators, community leaders and more.
But when a people group receives the New Testament in their language, there’s another celebration they anticipate — the day when they will finally have the Old Testament in their language too. As one translator in Ghana, West Africa, said: “Having the New Testament without having the Old Testament is just like having your raw bread without tea or oats. So you’ll be half-fed. To be fully fed and satisfied, we need the Old Testament.”
Prayer is an important part of Bible translation. Use these prayer points to lift up those who have just received a New Testament and are moving toward translation of the full Bible.
Praise God that those who have just received the New Testament are able to engage with and be transformed by the Word of God in their language! Thank you for praying for these people groups as they continue to experience God’s great love and salvation.