(Written by Misha S.)
Following their usual routine for checking chapters of translated scripture, the Zanaki team went to a village to read Luke 13. A small group of local people gathered to listen, and one of them read the chapter aloud.
|Local people listening to a portion of Scripture being read.|
One woman in the group listened intently to the passage about Jesus healing the woman who was crippled by a spirit for eighteen years (Luke 13:10-17). She stayed during the whole checking session, listening to everyone else. After the others left at the end of the day, she approached the two translators. She said, "I want your religion! I am like that woman who was healed; she had so many problems, but Jesus healed her. I want that for me!"
In that village there was only one local church, so the translators went and found the pastor. It turned out that the woman and the pastor were neighbors! Bringing the pastor to the woman, the translators explained how they'd been reading the newly-translated Zanaki scriptures aloud and that she'd listened and identified with the woman Jesus healed. The pastor began talking with her, telling her more about the Jesus she'd heard about that day in Luke 13.
|One of the Zanaki translators|