Director of Keys for Kids, Greg Yoder, says, “We now have an agreement that we are working together to translate Keys for Kids, into Nepali, and we’re just really excited about this new partnership where we could potentially see 2 to 3 million children hear the good news of Jesus Christ, and actually read it as well.”
First, immigrants from Nepal living in the Michigan area will take Keys for Kids devotionals and contextualize them to Nepali culture, even while they are still in English.
The devotions will then be sent to Nepal to be translated into Nepali. The translators will then send them back to Michigan to be examined again by the Nepali immigrants.
Yoder says Keys for Kids will even travel to Nepal to train locals and produce audio versions of the translated stories. These will be used in Keys for Kids Storytellers, solar-powered mp3 players with the Bible and Keys for Kids content. Yoder says they have been an effective tool for advancing the Gospel. “And the great news about these storytellers is that people are coming to Christ, kids are coming to Christ and His parents start seeing changes in their kids. They want to come find out about it, and churches are actually being planted.”
Yoder is excited about the possibility of reaching the Nepalese. “This is an unreached people in an area of Nepal where . . . they started talking about Jesus And a few of them said, we don’t know Jesus, where was he born? And what city does he live in? And what family is he from?”
This work will go well with the work Good News Nepal is already doing. “They’re currently doing evangelism and church planting as well as just teaching new Christians theological truths. So this is going to be part and parcel of their program there.”
Yoder hopes for the project to get off the ground in under a year, but it will depend on how quickly the stories are translated. He says he expects challenges in the process.
Meanwhile, religious freedom in Nepal grows more and more strained thanks to bordering India. The Indian government has, in recent years, become more and more adamant that the whole country should be Hindu. Nepal has even released anti-conversion laws in its effort to control religious expression.
Yoder isn’t concerned. “I’m sorry, but no law is going to challenge the Holy Spirit and is going to defeat the Holy Spirit’s work in Nepal. It’s just not going to happen.”
Pray that Keys for Kids staff and workers with Good News Nepal would be safe, and that the Lord would grant them resources to finish their translation work. Pray that the Holy Spirit would move powerfully in Nepal.