Children are a gift from the Lord ;
they are a reward from him. (Psalm 127:3 NLT)
The visit to Cameroon has personal meaning for Dallas and me. Léonard Bolioki, the main translator for the Yambetta New Testament, and his wife, Marie, have been personal friends since 1987 when we arrived in Cameroon. We’re thrilled that soon the Yambetta community will have the Scripture resources they need in a language and form they relate to best to find salvation in Christ and freedom from traditional religion.
The Yambetta language continues to be used in homes and the Scriptures are having a meaningful impact in churches, including those of children like those pictured above. On a quick trip around the village, when asked to sing, these kids were quick to oblige and happy to sing us severaL songs in Yambetta.
Support for the translation program comes from various sources. Pictured below at on the right is a cleric who for 25 years has promoted the use of mother tongue Scripture in Yambetta.
Dallas and I met this same cleric 25 years ago. He officiated at the funeral of the Bolioki’s son, Tonton, who was tragically killed one evening in a horrible accident when he was only 10 years old. As we sat talking in their home last Tuesday evening, we revisited our memories of Tonton’s life. Marie said, “There isn’t one day that goes by that I do not think of Tonton!”
She and Léo know the importance of Scripture in the lives of children. Although their own daughters are no longer at home, they have two nephews living with them. Just before we went to bed, Léo brought out the Bible and read a passage asking each of us to reflect and pray about the application in our lives. “What difference should the Words of God make make in our actions and behaviors?” he asked. A good question for all of us!
The day our team from Wycliffe USA was there, Léo and his translation team read to us in Yambetta the story from John 11–the death and resurrection of Lazarus. As they mourned together the loss her her brother Jesus said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die.” (John 11:25, 26 NLT)
A message of hope for this and future generations for the Yambetta community. It’s a message of hope for all you hear and believe.