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New Testament


South Asia






The hope of the New Testament is coming for the few believers in this marginalized language community who live in villages with air thickened by emissions from nearby industry.

the Need
The Rabas people first immigrated to South Asia from a distant region, and they now live scattered among other ethnic groups, dispersed throughout 100 different villages. Even though they live in close proximity to other people groups, their language and culture is completely different from neighbouring languages, so the Rabas people keep to themselves. A few people have learned enough of the regional language to gain employment in commerce; however, most people in the community hire themselves out as day labourers, having no land of their own to farm. Very few Rabas people attend school beyond fifth grade and therefore do not qualify for paying jobs in factories or the government. Downtrodden, many people in the Rabas communities struggle with alcohol addiction. A handful of Rabas believers attend churches in nearby districts, but they struggle to understand services held in a language they hardly speak. They long to have God’s Word in their own language so they can grow in their faith. In addition to connecting people with God’s Word in the language they understand best, the project will help foster confidence and hope.
The Project

Project team members from our national partner in South Asia have made the commitment to:

  • Develop an alphabet.

  • Translate the New Testament and make it available to those who want it.

  • Develop literacy manuals.

  • Hold mother-tongue learning centres in Rabas villages to help children in school and teach them other vital topics such as first aid.

Translation Progress










Kindness Opens the Way
As the facilitator of the Rabas translation project, Ayusha spends a lot of time connecting with people in the region. When Ayusha first visited one village, the people refused to interact with the team and considered them outsiders. Local people would not even give them a glass of water. Rabas farmers struggle to provide for their families. So, Ayusha’s team spent time meeting the immediate needs of the four villages in this language community. Afterwards, the villagers welcomed the team, gave them chairs to sit on, served them tea, and gladly spent time with them. Praise God that kindness opened the hearts of the Rabas people.
Taking Action
When the project facilitators first arrived in the Rabas villages, they quickly noticed that many people were living in poor conditions but lacked the resources they needed to improve their living way of living. Most had even lost hope of ever making their situation better. But things are slowly changing. One village leader mentioned the need for information on how to have better health and hygiene. When the team heard him say, “It would be good if any hospital is coming forward to create awareness about cleanliness and hygiene,” they quickly partnered with a local Christian hospital to offer a health awareness program. In October, people of all ages gathered to learn health and hygiene tips. To this day, the community has been diligent in keeping their village clean, and many individuals have adopted the tips they learned to keep their families in good health. While they begin to translate the New Testament, the Rabas project team continues to help the language community access the resources they need to improve their health and living conditions and teach people to read and write their own language.

“Sometimes children don’t come to class because they don’t understand the national language used in the classroom. So, we are preparing some educational materials in their heart language.”

Project Facilitator

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