We thank God that the Turkana and Maa communities finally have a complete audio Bible, thanks to a partnership between the Bible Society of Kenya and Davar international. The audio Bibles were launched in very colorful celebrations at Christian Resource Centre Kajiado and AIC Milimani, Lodwar town respectively.
The audio gadget that comprises of both the Old and New Testament was given to learners in various centres where the society has been running literacy classes as well as church leaders where the gadgets would be used in group Bible study.
To encourage the use of the Bible by the county assembly, an audio Bible was availed to the office of the speaker of the county assembly of Turkana. Mr. Onesmus received the Bible on behalf of Hon. Ekitela Lokaale, who was out of office on official duty. Mr. Patrick Losike, the County Executive in charge of Education in Turkana county also received an audio Bible. Mr. Losike expressed his gratitude to the Society for its efforts in curbing illiteracy in the County.
Kajiado County Speaker Hon. Johnson Osoi also received an audio Bible in Maasai language. The Speaker expressed his joy as this team had come to launch the first full Maasai audio Bibles. Hon. Osoi noted that the County Government of Kajiado is committed to the course of spreading the word of God and will do all that is necessary to see it’s fruition.
The audio Bible will be very instrumental in encouraging learning, understanding, fellowship, and studying of God’s word in the region where literacy levels are still relatively low. The Pastors pledged to make good use of the audio Scriptures in their congregations.
Bishop Joshua Ntitika, one of the pastors who recorded the Bible in Maasai language, thanked the two organizations for the good work they are doing. He said that literacy in the Maasai community is 48% and has become a challenge when it comes to reading the Bible which helps in enhancing the Christian values.
Mr. Mark Perkins who presented the audio Bibles stated that God’s word is powerful not only when we read but also heard. He reiterated that Davar International’s prayer is to avail audio Bibles to many people so that they would be drawn closer to God.
The General Secretary of the Bible Society of Kenya Mrs. Elizabeth Muriuki promised the communities that the adult literacy classes will be a priority to the Society. She added that the untrained leaders should come up with an adult curriculum syllabus for better guidance in planning.