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Mehra

Old Testament

Country

Highland Asia

Language(s)

 

Mehra

Speakers

3,800

Despite frequent landslides, isolation, and opposition, the small yet growing Mehra church is eager for more: “Please help us have the entire ‘holy book’!”



the Need
Isolated by geography and language barriers, most Mehra people survive day-to-day by farming the uneven, hilly landscape in their region of Highland Asia. They travel the rocky slopes on foot because no drivable roads exist. Heavy seasonal rains often cause landslides, which block access to villages. Some members of the community have sought opportunity in populated areas where they are required to abandon their mother tongue and learn the national language in order to fit in. Individuals in the Mehra community recognized a need to preserve and gain pride in their own culture and language, and a small circle of believers were determined to translate God’s Word into their language. Trained by OneBook’s national partner, a small team published the New Testament in 2017 and began translation of the Old Testament in 2023, longing for the foundational stories and promised contained in this book.
The Project

Project team members trained by our national partner in Highland Asia have made the commitment to:


  • Translate the Old Testament.


  • Make the New Testament available in print and digital formats for all who want it.


  • Respond to requests to train people and church leaders to read the Mehra language and study Mehra Scripture.


Translation Progress

Drafted

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20

Community-Checked

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13

Quality-Checked

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13

A New Beginning
Aabir’s father died when he was only three years old. When his mother remarried, she sent the boy to live with his grandparents. He didn’t understand why his mother had sent him away, and while his grandparents provided for him financially, Aabir longed for his mother’s embrace. Aabir spent his days working the small fields and caring for his grandparents. He was not allowed to go to school, and with each passing year his disappointment and frustration grew. Feeling abandoned and unloved, he could not see a way to a happy future. Trapped in depression, Aabir made the drastic decision to end his own life at 28 years old. The day that Aabir attempted to end his life, he was not aware of the two Christian men who found him and rushed him to the nearest hospital. He did not know that they stayed and prayed for him as he underwent life-saving surgery, but they were at his bedside when he awoke. Upon his request, one of the men gave Aabir a copy of the Mehra New Testament to read during his recovery. He was amazed to see a book in his own language, and he was surprised to find reading it came easily to him. When Aabir came across Matthew 11:28. He felt as if God’s Word was speaking directly to him. "Come to me, all who labour and are heavily laden, and I will give you rest." He broke down weeping, and prayed to Jesus for the first time, repenting of his sin. Not long after, he was discharged from the hospital. Aabir returned to his village where he connected with a local church leader. Aabir now attends church regularly and cannot wait to read more of God’s Word in his language.
Drawn to Jesus
Karima, a young Mehra woman, accepted Jesus as her Lord in one of the project’s Bible reading classes. She wandered into the class because she was drawn in by the mother-tongue hymns and choruses she heard being sung by Mehra believers. She was impressed and started to attend the Mehra Bible reading classes regularly. In 2023, she received the first prize at the Mehra New Testament quiz the project team held in her village. May her transformed life and abundant knowledge of God’s Word bless her family and others in her village.

“The Mehra community is taking a serious interest in reading the Scripture in their own language, especially the older generations. They love reading God’s Word in their mother tongue.”

Mehra Team Member

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