President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Kenyans to support Bible translation work in Kenya.
Speaking during a during a historic funds drive organized by Churches, Bible Society of Kenya and Bible Translation and Literacy, the president emphasized the importance of ensuring that all communities have an opportunity to read the Bible in a language they understand best.
“I am a strong believer and I can speak of what God has done for me in my own life. I am proud to lead a God fearing nation. We have to strive to match our words and actions with our faith, while remembering to put God first. When we live a life that reflects our beliefs, we will be closer to conquering the various challenges that we face as a nation. Tolerance and acceptance are among the hallmarks of our nation” said President Kenyatta.
The meeting brought together various dignitaries including; Her Excellency Rachel Ruto, Speaker of the Senate Hon. Ken Lusaka, Members of Parliament, Church leaders from various denominations countrywide, Heads of Corporate Organizations & Non-Governmental Organizations, the Business Community, Board members from both BSK and BTL and other supporters of Bible work. The President thanked the guests for their unity in supporting this noble initiative that will ensure that God’s Word speaks to people’s hearts.
Also present at the event was the Deputy President Hon. William Samoei Ruto who noted that this event was a great milestone for Bible translation work in Kenya as it’s a mark of ownership for Bible work in Kenya. He added that he is a beneficiary of the Nandi Bible which gave light and direction to his family when growing up. He thanked the missionaries for their generous support over the years, pioneered by Dr. Johann Ludwig Krapf in 1844 adding that we now need to own our spiritual growth.
The Chief Executive Officers of Bible Society of Kenya and Bible translation and Literacy Mrs. Elizabeth Muriuki and Rev. Peter Munguti respectively expressed their sincere gratitude for the support received from the national government affirming that the funds raised through The Kenya National Bible Translation Trust will go a long way in transforming people’s lives through God’s word.
The initiative will not only avail Scriptures to the Bibleless, it will also give marginalized communities a chance to develop holistically, economically, preserve their language and foster development while increasing literacy and opportunities for them.