CAR (AIM) — “Ziazia Kekeapai, si bere te,” (I have no Holy Writings) is a complaint often heard from many Zandes throughout the Central African Republic (CAR).
Today, according to Africa Inland Mission, it’s hard to find a single copy of the Zande Bible throughout the area. The ones that can be found are well-loved and falling apart. The majority of Zandes in CAR and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are internally-displaced people or refugees. Many lost their Bibles when fleeing attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a militant movement with cult overtones.
After a long “famine for the word of God” (Amos 8:11), 10,000 Bibles were printed in Korea for the LRA-affected regions of CAR and the DRC. The container arrived in Bunia, Congo last month. Delivery is complicated and painstaking. Details have been kept under wraps because of security concerns.
Most will be flown to northern Congo for believers, no small process in and of itself. The delivery process starts with the Bibles being transported inland to Isiro and Bunia in the DRC by boat and by truck; then transported by truck and flown by plane to distribution centers in CAR and DRC, both of which have been in the news recently due to threats of war and ongoing rebel activity.
The remaining 3000 were reserved for the CAR. Please pray that the Bibles reach their destinations and that they will be read, understood, and allowed to bring transformation to the hearts of many Zandes.