Some beloved Congo missionaries shed some “light” on the early days
The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding... (Ps. 119:130)
The first Congo Swahili New Testament with a more standardized linguistic form was published in 1956, with the complete Bible arriving in 1960. The expression of amazement and joy on the faces of our Congolese friends as they hugged tightly their new Bible was akin to the expression of wonder on the face of a brand new reader! The item to covet and save for quickly became a Bible. A second priority for a Believer was (and still is) to purchase his or her own hymn book. Neither are found in the church pew.
We lost our copies of the original 1960 edition of the Congo Swahili Bible during the 1964 Simba Rebellion. We still have a couple of older editions printed in 1975 and 1982. A linguistic revision of the 1960 text was made by Mrs. Gertrud Harlow for a 1994 edition of the Bible, complete with Scofield notes, followed by a second printing in 2003. Mert had a significant part in arranging for the printing and shipping of these editions while we were serving at CMML in New Jersey. Three additional editions of the Bible have been printed (with-out Scofield notes) in 2009, 2011, and 2015. Thorough proof reading before each of these printings was a time consuming task. Typos can easily be overlooked!During these past 20 “war years,” Congo citizens have lost much. Personal possessions were looted and/or destroyed as whole villages were burned to the ground. On one of his Congo visits, Mert noted there was “seemingly NO literature available in our area of the Congo. No tracts, no booklets, no books, few Bibles, no schoolbooks, practically nothing! My guess is that this is a countrywide problem.” For sure, EPI’s containers of Bibles and books have arrived as a welcome blessing!
In Psalm 119:130 we read, “The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding . . .” Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” Words of truth and light have come to Congo once again in Bibles, hymn books, tracts, correspondence courses and other “helps,” shipped by EPI. We are grateful for the current measure of peace and quietness in DR Congo, but many forces of darkness still prevail. Pray for quick and effective The Bibles have arrived safely in distribution of the arriving Bunia, thank the Lord! Literature. Praise God for using His Word to direct souls to the Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life! Darkness is being dissipated through the light of His Word.
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The first Congo Swahili New Testament with a more standardized linguistic form was published in 1956, with the complete Bible arriving in 1960. The expression of amazement and joy on the faces of our Congolese friends as they hugged tightly their new Bible was akin to the expression of wonder on the face of a brand new reader! More...