For the People of Manipur, India and Burma
Zou is one of the many tribal languages spoken in the Indian state of Manipur and in the neighboring hills of Burma. It is closely related to (though distinct from) the Tedim-Zokam language. There are just under 200,000 native speakers of the Zou language, making it one of the more widely spoken tribal languages of the region.
Please consider giving to this project so that the Zou speakers will have a Bible in their own language. With help from you, we desire to publish 10,000 copies of the Zou Bible (9,000 hardbound copies and 1,000 leather copies)
firstBible International commitment: $80,000.00
For the People of Liberia
There are approximately 800,000 Dan-Gio speakers in Ivory Coast, and between 150,000 and 200,000 speakers in Liberia, where the work has been carried out.
This translation is a revision of the 1981 translation. The translator who worked on this project originally, began an updated translation just before the first Liberian Civil War began in 1989. Tragically, he was martyred in 1990, along with his wife. This war took place from 1989 through 1997, and was followed up by another Civil War from 1999-2003. During this time, the translation revision was halted. In 2008, the work was re-started. The revisions are complete and the Dan-Gio New Testament text is currently being typeset.
Please consider giving to this project so that the Dan-Gio speakers will have a Bible in their own language.
firstBible International commitment (5 YEAR Publishing Commitment):
For the People of Manipur, India
The Vaiphei are one of the larger tribes in Manipur. About 65,000 speak the Vaiphei language, the great majority of them professing Christians.
We give thanks to God that the Vaiphei Bible revision committee have recently completed their work. In handing over the text, our main Vaiphei contact remarked, “Lots of people asked me and my colleague when we were going to complete our revision work and when can we have the Bible in our hands and read it? People are hungry for the Word of God, and they are seeking to get hold of the Bible, but we are unable to put one in their hands yet, this pains me much”.
Psalm 40 verse 1 says, “ I waited patiently for the Lord, and He inclined unto me and heard my cry”. The Vaiphei people have cried out for the Word. Please consider helping today.
firstBible International Commitment: $80,000
firstBible International exists to provide a reliable first Bible in the heart language of Bibleless people groups who desperately need the light of Christ. Through the means of translating, publishing, and finally distribution, we partner with others for the purpose of seeing one more Bibleless people group receive God’s Word. The Kom Tribe is a people group living in Northeastern India and is one of the most prominent tribes in the district of Manipur. Today, there are around 20,000 first-language speakers of the Kom language, most who still do not own a Bible in their own language. This year, we have committed to printing 15,000 Kom New Testaments. Will you consider partnering with us and giving toward this project? For every $4 given, you can provide a hardback New Testament to someone who speaks the Kom language. Will you be the reason that one more Kom speaker can read about God’s plan of salvation in their own language?
Our financial goal is $60,000.00
Will you partner with us?
firstBible International has committed to print Scriptures in four different languages for people groups in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The estimated cost of these projects combined reach about $120,000.00. In November, I received a phone call from a family committing to give $30,000.00 by the end of 2020, and an additional $30,000.00 in 2021. Praise the Lord! This could not have come at a better time!
The challenge now is to match these funds dollar for dollar. I am asking you to be involved. Would you help us reach our financial goal by giving before the year ends, or by making a commitment for 2021? We will be ready to print these Scriptures soon and this financial goal needs to be met. Thank you for partnering with firstBible International!
Thank you to all who partnered with us on this firstBible project. With the funds we received, we were able to print 11,000 Bibles and 20,000 New Testaments. Praise the Lord! This container was shipped this spring and was received in November. On December 6 th , a dedication service will be held and the distribution of this Bible will begin. After many long years of labor, the Thadou people have finally received their first Bible! This could not have happened without you. Thank you again for investing in the Thadou Bible Project!