The couple who started the projector for the “JESUS” film prayed and gave money so that the Gamo could receive the Bible. You will have a similar opportunity over the coming weeks through learning about the work of Bible translation and collecting money for two people groups who are still waiting for their first Bible.
The Gamo See Jesus
Imagine ox-drawn plows and people harvesting wheat with the assistance of simple, hand-held tools. The Gamo people live in a way that resembles life in biblical times. They even eat kolo (roasted grain), similar to the grain that Boaz gave Ruth. Unlike many cultures, they have maintained the same lifestyle for many centuries.
The Gamo reside in the mountain range on the western slope of the Rift Valley, along Lake Abaya. Many of them live to please their dead ancestors.
Just a few years ago, the Gamo people had never heard the name of Jesus. But Seed Company worked with the Gamo to translate the Gospel of Luke, which was the primary source for the writing of the “JESUS” film script. After the Gamo people watched the film, they became so excited about having the entire New Testament in their heart language that they pushed to finish the project in June 2012. Now they are translating the Old Testament. Let the wonder of the people take your breath away as they see the “JESUS” film for the first time.
The money you raise over the next six weeks will help the Rakali and Karkod people receive the Bible for the first time. Use the globe sticker from your welcome packet to create a giving jar. This is the perfect place to collect money for Bible translation over the course of our journey.
“For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son.” — Colossians 1:13
1. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
2. Have you ever been in a group of people who were speaking in a language you didn’t know? What was it like? (If not, use your imagination; share your thoughts.)
3. What movie have you seen recently that moved you?