Translation and Incarnation


The first time I visited Garissa was in 1994 when I was a final year student at the university. I was utterly shocked to see that there were very few indigenous believers from the frontier areas of Northern Kenya. After completing my university, I decided to serve with Sheepfold Ministries.

My passion for Bible Translation was nurtured during the five years I served as Missionary among unreached people groups in semi-arid frontier regions of Garissa-North Eastern Kenya. It came to my realization that more than 25 language groups in Kenya do not have God’s word in language and form that they can clearly understand. Even if they believe in Christ, they do not have any Scriptures that they can use for evangelism and discipleship. This is what made me consider being engaged in Bible translation.

Have you ever known that Jesus was translated into human form? Jesus was incarnated and took human form. John 1:14: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. Jesus was translated into human form. When we translate Scriptures in vernacular languages, we are fulfilling the incarnation of Jesus so God can speak to each community in their heart language like Jesus did when he was speaking to his audience.

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3 Responses

  1. This is very inspiring Elly. we have a very huge and important task before us as language practitioners. Being engaged in Bible Translation is no easy task that needs a sober mind. The realisation of the depth and the importance of the work before us is the starting point of a good cause. We need the Holy Spirit to be with us and guide us as we labour in His vineyard. Thank you for the read. Keep on inspiring us.

  2. I appreciate the concept of God translating into human. Hearing God’s in ones heart language is absolutely transformational. May the Lord his work so that more people can hear the word in their heart languages

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