Recently we had sent out an email asking for prayer for a village that had been attacked by a neighboring village just days before the dedication of the first book of the Bible, Luke, in their language. Over 300 houses were destroyed and people lost all they had.
A few days after the fighting had ended a man from this village, Eric, who has been very supportive of Bible Translation and the work that they are doing, returned to his home to see the damage that had happened, since he actually works several hours away from the village he had not been there during the fighting.
Our friend, Dan, who lives and works in the village heard he had come back to assess the damage to his home, when he went over to speak with him he found him sitting under a tree over looking what was left of his home.
Eric was crying and told Dan that he was embarrassed to be crying because he knows that none of this stuff matters. But the loss of it still was affecting him and he asked our friend to pray for him.
His house was burned, the tin roof completely melted and the contents were either stolen before the fire or destroyed in the fire. The cement block walls were still standing and the only piece of paper or anything left in the house was a small memory verse that was taped to the wall several years earlier when a volunteer came for a few months to help with some linguistic work and Eric had let them borrow his house. The verse was Psalm 4:8
I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8 NIV
Please pray for the Bambalang people that they will have peace and that God’s Word will have a mighty impact on their lives.