Clear – But Not So Simple (Myanmar)
For several months now, we have been working with translators to put our book, Travel Guide to the Bible, into Burmese and Mizo-Chin for the church in Myanmar. If you have been following world news,
Myanmar’s elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi was arrested after the country’s military seized power in February 2021. The event sparked widescale protests, armed resistance and mass killings. Most recently, government forces have burned over 100 villages and as many as 12,000 people have been killed in conflicts throughout the country. People in the nation’s capital have had to live through food shortages and restrictions of services in many parts of the city.
Last week, we received a note from our friend and translation coordinator (Rova). Here is a portion of that note:
I trust that this email finds you well. It has been some months since I last sent you email.
Concerning our project of Travel Guide to the Bible in Burmese and Mizo Chin, our work has badly been hampered by the electricity problem and the hot weather here. The electricity goes out very oftentimes during the day and the night as well till today. The translators cannot work well almost for two and half months. Our bodies have been melting with sweats when the power goes off. So our original plan was failed. The translation work in Mizo Chin will be done very soon. But the Burmese one will take some months, maybe two months more.
Even though the problem of electricity is still the issue here. We get it only 12 hours a day. We stay for 12 hours without it. However, the rainy season will start very soon, and the weather will be better a lot. So I believe that the translation, editing and typing will go well and smooth.
Please keep praying for us that we will finish the project well even though we have been very slow than I thought.
By the way, the Simple Truths Burmese and Mizo Chin are very much liked and used in different churches here in Myanmar. Your simple writing is truly blessed for many churches and missional works by God. I will keep you updated about our project from time to time.
Please pray for Rova and his team. And pray for the church in Myanmar as they seek to serve Christ under extremely challenging circumstances.