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Mar 15, 2017

"These words in my language revealed God for me."

Written by Emmanuel Doe

image: Burunge translator reads Scripture to non-believing relativeBurunge translator Emmanuel Doe reads from the book of
Ruth to his elder relative, who follows another
major world religion. (photo: Ben Savaiko)

— Dodoma, Tanzania

One of the Burunge translators went to a village to visit his elder relative. This woman follows another major world religion, yet she welcomed hearing him read to her a portion of the Bible in their language...

He read from the book of Ruth. The woman was amazed.

"I did not even realize," she said, "that our language can be written!"

She connected with the story personally, as she recalled a time when famine had forced the Burunge people to move to a different area. She was also compassionate toward Naomi’s loss of her husband and two sons.

"God was willing," she said, "to teach something to Naomi and her daughter-in-law."

The Burunge translator was surprised to hear her say this — the passage had not mentioned God.

"How do you know," he asked, "that God was trying to teach a lesson?"

"Listening to you read those words in Burunge," she replied, "that revealed it for me.

"My mother tongue is sweet," she added. "It helps me easily understand what is being said."

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