ATAKPAMÉ, TOGO — The Ifè people of Togo have had the New Testament in their language since 2009, and it has had a huge impact. But having the full Bible in Ifè is vital to ensure that people have the complete message of God’s word in their language, and so translating work continues.
Akoété – Literacy Coordinator and Bible Translator:
The dedication of the New Testament was a big celebration. The day the Ifè people were very, very happy. We did the work for 24 years, with many difficulties but at the end there was great joy, everyone was happy because we have the word of God in Ifè.
Komi – Bible Translation Coordinator:
A great new thing is that thanks to the New Testament, the number of Christians today has grown hugely because they can understand the word of God in their language.
Edoh – Bible Translator:
For an Ifè person, having the Word in their language changes their way of life completely. The church among the Ifè has brought a light.
In the past, the people worshiped idols and there were almost no churches. But there are now churches in nearly all of the Ifè villages.
Pastor Kodjo – Efoufami Baptist:
When I preach the Ifè New Testament to the people in their language, they show their joy.
It is very important for the Ifè people to have all of the Bible translate into Ifè. That will help our people a lot.
This church has grown because I preach in Ifè, and we do everything in Ifè. My only problem now is that I cannot preach from the Old Testament, because it is in French and I cannot read French. I pray that all the Bible can be translated into Ifè one day so that I can use it.
So I await the completion of the whole Bible. The impact will be even greater for the Ifè people, more will belong to the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Translation is so important because God wants to communicate with all the people on earth. And God wants to communicate with each person in their own language.
About Wycliffe Bible Translators
One of the world’s leading Bible translation organizations, Wycliffe Bible Translators was organized in 1967 by friends of Bible translators to accelerate the work of Bible translation. Wycliffe empowers national Bible translators to provide God’s Word in their own language, partners with the local church to direct and guard translation work, harnessing their passion and desire for God’s Word, and engages people from all around the world to provide resources, technology, training, and support for Bible translation.
Because millions of people around the world still wait to have the Scriptures in the language of their hearts, Wycliffe Bible Translators is working as quickly as it can to see every verse of God’s Word translated into every tongue to speak to every heart. Wycliffe is directly involved with speeding Bible translation by providing technology, training, resources, logistics, networking, expertise, volunteers, discipleship, church planting, and support. Wycliffe staff and volunteers are currently accelerating Bible translations in 108 countries. For more information, please visit https://www.wycliffe.org/ in the US, or https://www.wycliffe.org.uk/ in the UK.
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- Global News Alliance, An Unfinished Task: Translating The Full Bible for the Ifè People in Togo
- Wycliffe Bible Translators, Official UK Website