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Around the world, millions of people speak thousands of languages. Many of them are speakers of major languages, but millions of others have one thing in common — they’ve never heard God’s Word in a way that speaks directly to their hearts.
They used to be enemies.
Two people groups in South Asia were estranged for 100 years. Occasionally these groups even grew hostile toward each other. But when a Bible translation project began in both languages, antagonism soon softened into forgiveness and reconciliation.
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A Worn-Out Basket
One little word totally changed a translation team’s view of Jesus.
While translating Luke 2:7, the Mbe translation team discovered just how much Jesus had humbled himself to reach them.
The Mbe translation team in Nigeria came to Luke 2:7, where Luke describes the infant Jesus laid in a manger. The team first used the word “ókpáng” — a traditional cradle used by the Mbe — for the term “manger.”
But as the team read the notes and commentaries, they realized that a manger was an animal feeding trough and not a nice “ókpáng,” which every Mbe mother wants for her newborn.
God chose the lowliest way possible to come live among us.
One translator said, “We feed our animals out of an old worn-out basket that is not usable anymore except to feed the animals. We call it ‘ɛ́dzábrí.’”
The team tested it, reading the story of Jesus’ birth to church groups and individuals in Mbe villages. As the Mbe listened, they were visibly moved. Picturing the newborn baby lying in the animals’ feeding basket, they understood that Jesus was willing to do whatever it took to reach them.
Read more stories like this one in our free e‑book, “In Your Own Words.”