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February 28, 2021 7:00 pm
“Time went by. War came in.” That’s how Bishop Semi Nigo of the Keliko people of South Sudan described delays in his church’s long struggle to get the Bible in their own language. Not one word, in fact, had ever been printed in the Keliko language. Decades earlier, Bishop Nigo’s grandfather had courageously started a Bible translation project, but war and unrest kept halting the effort. Yet, despite repeated attacks on their refugee camps in northern Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the bishop and fellow believers kept the project alive.
Their persistence paid off. After nearly three decades, the New Testament Bible in Keliko was delivered to the refugees in a rousing celebration. “The motivation of the Keliko is beyond words,” said one project consultant.
The commitment of the Keliko reflects the perseverance God asked of Joshua. As the Lord told him, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Joshua 1:8). With equal persistence, the Keliko pursued translating Scripture. Now, “when you see them in the camps, they are smiling,” said one translator. Hearing and understanding the Bible “gives them hope.” Like the Keliko people, may we never give up seeking the power and wisdom of Scripture.
Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread. Today's reading titled never give up was written by Patricia Raven. Time went by war came in. That's how Bishop semi Nico of the Coleco people of South Sudan described delays in his church's long struggle to get the Bible in their own language. Not one word in fact had ever been printed in the Coleco language decades earlier. Bishop Nico's grandfather had courageously started a Bible translation project, but war and unrest kept halting the effort. Yet despite repeated attacks on the refugee camps in northern Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Bishop and fellow believers kept the project alive. Their persistence paid off after nearly 3 decades. The New Testament Bible and Coleco was delivered to the refugees and arousing celebration. The motivation of the Coleco is be on words. Said one project consultant. The commitment of the Coleco reflects the perseverance got asked of Joshua as God told him in Joshua 18. Keep this book of the law always on your lips. Meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful, with equal persistence.
The Coleco pursue the translation of Scripture. Now when you see them in the camps they are smiling said one translator, hearing and understanding the Bible gives them hope. Like the Coleco people may we never give up seeking the power and wisdom of Scripture. Today's daily bread devotional Scripture readings from the book of Joshua chapter 1 verses one through nine. After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of nun, Moses aid Moses my servant is dead now then you and all these people get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them to the Israelites.
I will give you every place where you set your foot as I promised Moses.
Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon and from the great river Euphrates, all the Hittite country to the Mediterranean Sea in the West. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life.
As I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you. Do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.
Keep this book of the law always on your lips. Meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Let's pray our heavenly father we thank you for the gift of the Scriptures and how we grow and mature as we study stood up in us a greater hunger to know you better and allow you to guide us through your spirit as we apply what we learn to our lives. Thank you God for your great love for us. May our lives reflect our great love for you, Lord. Thank you, Lord. It's in Jesus name we pray.
Amen. All today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries