Chothe Bible Project
19 December 2017
The Chothe tribe, the majority of who live in the Indian state of Manipur, are mainly poor subsistence farmers. It is a small tribe, only numbering about 5,000 people.
The Society began a Chothe Bible project in January 2017, translating the Authorised (King James) Version directly into Chothe. (In due time, their work will also be compared with the Biblical languages of Hebrew and Greek by the Society.) The translator is currently working on the Gospels: he has completed the Gospel according to John, which is now being checked, and is now part way through the Gospel according to Matthew.
The project has not been without its problems. In November 2017 a transformer supplying power to the translator’s area went up in flames, resulting in him being without power for a month. This meant that he could not progress with the translation during this period. Often Bible translators find that the devil places obstacles like this in their way, to slow down the work of making the Word of God available to people around the world.
We would ask that you remember the Chothe Bible project in your prayers, that the translator would be strengthened and helped to progress in his labours. ‘And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us’ (Romans 5.3-5).