Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Joining together to support the Bible Society

As this Sunday was Bible Sunday, the united Oadby churches, "Churches Together in Oadby" held a joint service in the evening. This year, it was held at St Paul's, with the service led by our vicar and with a talk by Katie Okafor, a representative of the Bible Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

Katie talked of the many different groups that do not at present have the Bible in their own language, but for which the Bible Society is committed to publish Bibles. She told of her visits to Africa and how she had seen the people’s thrill as they received their Bibles.

But even when the Bible is translated, there is a problem for those who cannot read. She showed us "The Proclaimer" (which she is holding in the photograph). This piece of electronic wizardry has been developed and produced by the Bible Society and contains and plays the Bible in multiple languages. A Christian worker can take "The Proclaimer" into an area with whose mother tongue they are unfamiliar and yet can allow the people there to hear the Bible’s message in their own language.

As Christians in England, we are so fortunate to have the Bible in our own language and to be able to read it. It's a joy to be able to support the Bible Society as they help others to hear the Good News of God's love for them.