The Keliko homeland is in South Sudan, but due to unrest, many community members now live as refugees in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and as far away as Houston, Texas. The translators, including Bishop Seme, the Episcopal bishop of the diocese where the Keliko live, had labored through 20 years of civil war and unrest to complete this translation.
They all converged on a small town in northwest Uganda called Koboko to celebrate the dedication of the Keliko New Testament. They came from all directions. Many lived in the local refugee camps. They walked, rode bicycles, public transport or hitched rides from South Sudan, the DRC and by air from all parts of the globe.
God is not a foreigner anymore
Photo by Elaine Bombay
The speeches at the August 11 dedication had a common theme: Peace. Just the week before the warring parties in South Sudan had signed a peace agreement. Pray that having the words of peace will bring long-lasting peace to this region. This is one of the many displaced people groups located in Houston, TX. They all need access to Gods Word in their heart language. We hope to visit one hundred plus churches in the area over the next few years. We will teach them ways of reaching out to these displaced people by using Scripture in their heart language.
We are greatly encouraged to receive three new partners and one promise to increase their financial partnership and many who promised to pray with us.
The colored tiles represent the amount of shortfall in our monthly Wycliffe ministry budget. A partnership can be accomplished by a monthly, quarterly or annual gift of any amount. Each tile represents a person, family, or group committed to seeing God’s Word accessible to all! Like the Keliko people. Before we can be released by Wycliffe to work full time on our assignment we need all the tiles promised. Please keep praying.