Shona speakers now have God’s word in their contemporary language

By February 15, 2006

Zimbabwe (MNN/IBS) — More than 3,000 church and government leaders welcomed the translation of God’s Word in their contemporary language at a dedication ceremony in Zimbabwe.

The International Bible Society released its contemporary Shona Bible translation recently making the Word of God accessible to 10 million people.

IBS’s President Peter Bradley presented the Bible to her Excellency, Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Arnai Joyce Mujuru. Leaders from Christian denominations and churches, the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Council of Churches, and the Christian business community also attended the ceremony.

IBS Vice President PLN Murthy says, “The new Shona Bible, in the language people speak today, makes reading God’s Word easy and enjoyable. In as much as the nation of Zimbabwe is going through very challenging times, God’s Word becomes more meaningful each day. The launch of the Shona Bible plays a crucial role in bringing a message of hope to the nation.”

The Shona language is the dominant language in Zimbabwe. Pray that many people will understand God’s Word better because of this new translation and that many will eventually turn to Christ.

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