We had the amazing privilege on August 26th to attend our first Bible dedication. If you remember our first term here when we were finishing our language study we chose to do a bush orientation. To live out in a tribal location for 6 weeks. We spent our orientation in Dom! When we heard that this tribe would be celebrating the dedication of the bible we just had to go! We wanted to celebrate with our friends who welcomed us in their church, homes, and lives to help us learn language and culture!
We joined a few other friends and hit the road! These roads are not easy to drive so we as a group choose to split it in half and stay the night in another tribal location called the Kuman. We took a break half way through for a few minutes and stopped at a coffee factory!
Kongo Coffee! What a nice stop. Bathroom stop, coffee break, and a small tour of the factory!
We stayed with our missionary co-workers in the Kuman tribe for two nights. It was are first time seeing this location and it was great to walk around and learn more about the Kuman area! This was the house we stayed in!
This gives you a look at what a bush house looks like on the inside! The couple that live here are Shawna (in the top picture on the left), and Colton (In the bottom picture on the left). With their two boys!
This picture above is a couple who came as volunteer workers and served for two months. The wife was the most excited to go to this dedication. In her testimony she shared that it was the word of God alone that opened her eyes to the Lord. She was very excited for the people to now have God’s Word in their language because she knows that it can change lives!
The day of the dedication we woke up early and began our drive down those glorious roads. Here is a peek at some of them just so you can get a feel for what we are talking about!
Here is a video to show you a bridge we crossed everyday twice for two days!
Finally we made it to the Dom Bible dedication. All the festivities were beginning so we got set up fast. Lots of people were taking pictures to capture this once and a life time moment in honor of the Lords work! I would like to share some of them with you!
A parade to bring in the new bibles! Jim and Judy Burdett walking alongside! Jim was the main man that God used along with a Dom man to tirelessly translate the New Testament and parts of the Old Testament for this great day! This has taken 30 years to complete! Colin Lamb pictured below with Jim and Judy was one of the first missionary to contact and begin the ministry in the Dom Tribe!
Colin left the field and the ministry in the hands of Jim and Judy but made it back for this special occasion. Jim and Judy have new partners the Wuest family who are currently in language and culture study to begin to help with the development of the church in Dom.
There were over 20 Pastors from different denominations all gathered to receive their first copy of the bible finally in their own language!
Supporters from America and other countries also made it out to see first hand what their prayers were a part of. The Dom tribe honored them with special seats and “bilas” to wear!
We enjoyed reuniting with our friends and celebrating this amazing day along with them.
Please pray for God’s word to be read and studied by the Dom people. Help them see God’s truth on their own in order to know Him and make God part of their own culture!
Pray for the next generation to watch and see as their parents and older siblings begin to grow in understanding. May God raise them up in His truths!
PRAISE THE LORD for all that he has done in and through the Burdetts and other partners to see this through! May God be glorified!