Daily Topic for November 11, 2009
I have often told Perspectives classes that if I had a million dollars to give to one group, it would be Wycliffe Bible Translators. Why? The voice of the Lord is powerful, and He speaks through His Word, the Bible! Throughout Church history, you can see that the nations that have His Word can stand up to adversity and persecution. Those that have fellowships, but no Bible, often cannot. The voice of the Lord is powerful and majestic, and we can experience it by reading His Word. Shouldn’t others have that experience as well, even those from small people groups like the Shughnis?
Pray that small tribes like the Shughnis will experience the voice of the Lord through His Word, through radio broadcasts, and even by viewing His beautiful handiwork.
Imagine a world where your native language is not taught in schools or broadcast over the airwaves. It is not preserved in literature because there is no written script. It is an entirely oral language. Since the elders die and the young people are taught in other languages, soon your language will die out unless means are taken to preserve it. Such is the situation of the minority Shughni people of the Pamir Mountain Region that lies along the border of Afghanistan and Tajikistan. However, there are those in this tribe interested in preserving their language and developing a written script. A team from the University of Kentucky and some linguists from the U.K. are working with Shughni scholars to do just that.
There are only about 24,000 Shughni speakers in the region, and most, especially the young, can speak two other languages, Russian and Tajik. So, why is it important to preserve this language and develop a written script? For linguists, it is rooted more in the nature of linguistics itself; preserve it to keep one more language and culture from becoming extinct. But for the believer it is the main way to a person’s heart: to hear the gospel message in one’s heart language.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that with the development of the script, Scripture portions will soon be translated into Shughni. Pray that soon this small people group will have gospel recordings and radio broadcasts in their tongue.-JS