Nearly 400 new churches have been planted in the Konkomba areas of Ghana and Togo in Africa since the Bible was printed! It was translated by a team of Konkomba people, supervised by Mary Steele MBE, who works with our Ghanaian partner organisation GILLBT. This remarkable spiritual response resulted from the use of the Scriptures in print and on cassette, the Jesus Film and the literacy programme.
Like other oral societies, the normal way Konkombas acquire new information is through listening. So when an audio version of the New Testament was produced and distributed by Faith Comes By Hearing (FCBH), it was natural for them to listen. They identified so closely with characters in the recordings that they responded as if Jesus was speaking directly to them.
As they listen, some people want to learn to read. Others who can already read in English or Twi follow along in the Konkomba Bible and gradually pick it up. Reading while listening reinforces the literacy skills of those who have attended the literacy classes.
Under the direction of Winston Binabiba, FCBH groups have been set up, where people meet to listen, ask questions, discuss and discover the truth for themselves.
In the first four years:
- 2,325 communities set up listening groups
- 96,915 people joined them
- 6,375 of these believed
- 2,931 people bought Bibles!
As a result, many Konkombas have broken with traditions like ritual dances, sacrifices and consulting fetish priests. God has protected them and they have found peace and joy. The recordings take them by surprise.
"Jesus is Konkomba!”
"God can speak to us directly; he doesn’t need an interpretor!”
"The pastor wasn’t making it up—it’s in the Konkomba Bible!”
The response to God's word among the Konkombas is amazing, but thousands have still not heard. Winston's dream is a church in every Konkomba community. He wants to set up an income generating project so he can recruit more staff to achieve this. “This is God’s time for the Konkomba people!” Mary Steele says. “The Bible, the Jesus Film and the audio New Testament are available, literacy is continuing and people are responsive. It’s harvest time! Let’s go all out to reap it.”
Story from Wycliffe UK