October 27, 2017

Newly translated People of God Series welcomed by locals in Nigeria

Written by  Emily Jones
People in the marketplace in Jos, Nigeria, hold their new Hausa translations of the People of God Series. Photos by Christian Faith Ministries International Media Team. People in the marketplace in Jos, Nigeria, hold their new Hausa translations of the People of God Series. Photos by Christian Faith Ministries International Media Team.

BUKURU, Nigeria — Throughout Nigeria — where 50 percent of the population is Muslim — a new translation of a book series written to help Muslims understand Jesus’ gospel is making an impact among local readers.

The four booklets in the People of God Series have been translated into Hausa, Northern Nigeria’s main language. Christian Faith Ministries (CFM), a U.K. charity that works in peacemaking and mission in Northern Nigeria, is responsible for the translation. The four booklets in Hausa have been published as one volume. A grant from Voice of the Martyrs Australia has allowed 17,000 copies of this new translation to be published.

CFM workers have begun distributing the books for free across Northern Nigeria in a variety of ways.

Some of the books have been carried to mission stations in remote areas, including the Gombe and Borno states.

Others have been distributed throughout the Bukuru region, including at the central market in the city of Jos, where CFM workers have already started discipleship groups.

Abdul*, a local CFM worker, has begun using the book during daily devotions at the Faith Alive hospital, a free hospital for those battling AIDS in Jos. Ruth and Kent Hodge, directors of CFM, report that hospital patients are “loving it and asking for copies of the book.” They said that now Abdul has been asked to read the book for daily devotions at Plateau State Specialist Hospital in Jos.

“There is an almost unprecedented openness in Northern Nigeria now, after all the suffering caused by Boko Haram,” wrote the Hodges in an email.

“People long for peace and are ready to hear of the Prince of Peace,” they continued. “This book is the perfect tool to feed hungry hearts and lead them to the Bread of Life.”

The People of God Series was born in 1970, when David W. Shenk, then an EMM worker in East Africa, began developing the series at the request of a Muslim student who wanted a resource that clearly explained the gospel of Jesus. Ten co-writers/consultants and multiple organizations helped Shenk prepare the series. Now, almost 50 years later, the series has been translated into over 45 languages.

Free downloads of all four booklets in the People of God Series are available here.

*Last name withheld to protect privacy.