Thursday, December 9, 2010 was a historic day. On this day the Bundeli people received the New Testament in their own language. A large dedication celebration took place that day. The Bundeli people are now working with Central India Christian Mission and Pioneer Bible Translators on translating the Old Testament into their language. We hope to celebrate with the Bundeli as they receive and dedicate the complete Bible in their language in a few years.
People dressed in every color one could imagine filled a large white tent. The energy was intense as the leaders of the event and the special guests marched down the aisles behind traditional dancers. Two long rows of people on each side showered them with thousands of flower petals. The leaders and guests were escorted to the stage, where each had three long strands of flowers placed around their necks and a blanket draped around their shoulders. All of the men were donned with turban headdresses similar to what a sultan may have worn. The crowd erupted with applause.
Then the Bundeli worshipped – in their own language and style, using their own instruments. The enthusiasm from the crowd reached a high point when the lead worshipper began to dance before the Lord. This man had been a priest before he became a Christian. When he gave his life to Christ, he locked the door of the temple where he served. Now he leads worship in his church.
The greatest blessing of the evening came as the New Testaments were unwrapped and opened for the people to see. Shouts of joy and praise rang out from the tent as we celebrated together this precious gift of God’s Word. It was a powerful moment. Greg Pruett, the president of Pioneer Bible Translators, addressed the crowd. He challenged them to use their Bibles not just for their own growth, but also for the growth of God’s Kingdom. Hands shot up all across the tent as the people agreed that they would.
Watching all of the events of the evening unfold, one could not help but think of John’s words in Revelation when he described those standing around the throne of God wearing white robes:
These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore, they are before the throne of God and serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst.
— Revelation 7:14-16
Praise the Lord! The Bundeli people do not have to hunger for God’s Word any longer. Having the Bible to read and share with others in the language they know best is a vital tool for this people group to come to know Him. Thank you for making this translation possible through your financial partnership with Pioneer Bible Translators. Thank you for helping us to reach out to the least reached people of the world.
Help Fund the Bundeli Old Testament
The Bundeli language is spoken by more than 20 million people in central India. They received the New Testament in their language for the first time in 2010. God is already transforming lives through access to his Word, and growing the church through literacy classes and evangelistic outreach. Although some Bundeli men have faced intense persecution after turning to Christ, the people are now pleading for the Old Testament to be translated as well. Partner with us and Central India Christian Mission to complete the Old Testament for the Bundeli.
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