I’ll go out on a limb and guess that most of the people who read my blog are at least somewhat familiar with Luke 2 and the story of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem. It’s possible that your most consistent hearing of this story is through an annual viewing of A Charlie Brown Christmas or your church’s children’s program or pageant.
And probably most of you — like me — can read this story in Luke any time you want to. You have a Bible of your own — or seven. You can go to YouVersion or BibleGateway and read any of a number of versions online for free. You’ve downloaded the Bible onto your smart phone from Faith Comes By Hearing and can listen anytime, anywhere. The only barrier you have to reading this account of Christ’s birth is choice.
Early in October in Mugumu, Tanzania, the Ikima, Nata and Isenye peoples dedicated the Gospel of Luke — the first Scripture to be published in their language. For more than two thousand years these communities were separated from this story by language.
This Christmas, our brothers and sisters in this section of Ikoma land can finally read this account in their heart language. No confusion. No misunderstanding. I pray that they will be overwhelmed by the glory of God who brings peace.
I pray that I will too.
Because Michael Nicholls shared images of that day on Facebook, I can share them with you. If we are Facebook friends, I’m sharing the album of these images on my wall.