Some great news re. the dedication of the Pijin Bible this year. That and Geoff and I will also be heading overseas in the middle of the year so I can show off where I grew up and celebrate with family and friends about it all being done. Finally!
I have just heard some wonderful news that the cabinet of the Solomon Islands Government has officially decided to declare 2008 the Year of the Bible in Solomon Islands. There are a whole world of possibilities in this, one of which it seems is that they plan to make a significant financial contribution to the initial publishing cost of the Pijin Bible (their Parliament still has to pass the 2008 budget).
The formal launch for the Year of the Bible will be on 24 February. Churches will be encouraged to focus on the importance of the Bible in their various morning services. In the afternoon there will be a Bible march through town toward one of the large churches where a special programme will be held.
The planning committee seems pretty excited about the Year of the Bible and we hope excitement will grow and spread! They will meet again next Wednesday for more planning and will be nailing down the theme of the year and a Bible verse.
Please pray that all the plans will be strategic and effective in getting people to use their Bible and embrace the Pijin Bible when it is published. There will also be two New Testaments published this year in Solomon Islands – the Wala language NT in March and the Natugu language NT & Psalms in July.
Gerry (Bec’s Dad)