The Search for Bibles Begins

After spending a week in prayer over the issue, I have decided to look into buying bibles for the work camps in the Nandi hills, and if possible, providing each house with a copy of God’s Word. After that, if the women there want to start a biblical foundation class, I want to teach them.

It is a very long drive there and back, the bibles cost a lot of money, and there will be a language barrier, so doing this will get complicated. However, if it is in God’s will it will happen. But if now is not the right timing, or if God has other plans, I understand.

In the mean time, there is no harm in assessing possibilities! Which leads me to Imani radio ministries in Kitale. Imani radio is a Kenyan gospel station based out of my region. One of my Kenyan friends just happens to know the man who runs the place, and he happens to have a cargo container arriving in Mombosa this weekend with over 6,000 bibles in it. I was very excited at first, but then I learned that all these Bibles are in English. Unfortunately I need Swahili ones. All I can say is good thing I was praying about the issue because I almost placed an order without thinking about language!  Oh, that would have been a bad, bad mistake.

This man was very kind however, and he gave me ideas of different publishers I could contact–like Biblica. I guess that is the next step.

6 Responses to The Search for Bibles Begins

  1. Derrick says:

    Good job! Let me know how it goes. I can buy a few to pass out to the citizens.

    Thanks,
    Derrick

    • elizabeth says:

      Thanks Derrick. I will keep you all updated. First, I need to figure out how to get bibles, what is the best price, get permission from the locals who live in Nandi, and then I will let everyone know the cost.

    • elizabeth says:

      Thanks Derrik. I will keep you all updated. First, I need to figure out how to get bibles, what is the best price, get permission from the locals who live in Nandi, and then I will let everyone know the cost.

  2. Rebecca says:

    Do Bibles exist in the Swahili language?

    • elizabeth says:

      Absolutely. In fact, it is my understanding that Swahili was a made up language. It isn’t from a specific tribe. It was written down and taught to the people as a way for all tribes to communicate with each other (there are a total of 69 languages spoken in Kenya and the average Kenyan can fluently speak 3-5).

      Swahili is very similar to Arabic. English and Swahili are both the official languages of Kenya. However, Swahili, is easier to learn than English so it is more commonly used. English is used to discuss politics, news, economics, and preachers preach in English, but everyday life conversations happen in Swahili.

  3. Shortia says:

    For bibles in many Swahili, English and various Kenyan languages please contact:
    Bible Translation & Literacy (E.A.)
    P.O. Box 44456-00100
    Nairobi Kenya
    Tel:+254 020 271 0920, 271 0811, 271 4942
    Cell: +254 0 722 209 606, 0735 333 065, 0712 292 684
    Email: info@btlkenya.org
    http://www.btlkenya.org/
    or
    The General Secretary
    Bible Society of Kenya
    P.O. Box 72983 00200
    Nairobi
    KENYA
    Tel: +254-20-6002827/6002807 Fax +254 20 6002904
    E-mail: info@biblesociety-kenya.org
    http://biblesociety-kenya.org

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