Source: Ben LARYEA
The Bible Society of Ghana (BSG) with its vision “The Bible for Everyone”, has translated the Bible into nine (9) major Ghanaian languages with the mission of making the Word of God available, affordable and useable to transform lives.
The translated versions are Asante Twi, Akuapim Twi, Ga, Mfantse, Ewe,, Dagbani, Dagme, Nzema and Esahie.
The General Secretary of the Society Rev. Dr. Enoch Aryee-Atta was speaking at the 56th anniversary thanksgiving service under the theme “He came to set the captives free”, and added that the ceremony is about celebrating the goodness of God and how far he has the bless the works of the BSG since its formation on the 18th September, 1965 as a servant to the church in Ghana and beyond.
He said the latest in the series of translation is the Esahie Bible version which took 24 years to complete and set to be launched in earnest at Sehwi-Wiawso in the Western region and explained that the cost of translating the Bible in other languages is quite huge and gave the breakdown as US$18 per verse as the Bible consists of 31,104 verses arriving at a whopping amount of US$560,000 which is equivalent to GH¢ 3.3million.
Throwing more light on the Diglot Bible which was recently launched at Christ Apostole Church, Osu in Accra, the Secretary General described it as the first ever Bible which has both English and Twi versions translated into one single holy book, a move he said creates convenience and easy access to both languages for references and assured that the Society will soon introduce the Ga and Ewe versions by next year 2020.
According to him, every Christian must have a copy of the Bible, saying it empowers the human soul and leads to spiritual transformation and guidance therefore all Christians must use it as daily devotion in their respective endeavours.
He therefore expressed his gratitude to the Apostle General of the Royal House Chapel for hosting the BSG on their 56th Anniversary thanksgiving service.
The Apostle General of Royal House Chapel, Rev. Sam Kurankye Ankrah in a sermon titled, “Why All These Things” from the Gospel of John urged Christians to develop trust and faith in God over any afflictions upon their lives.
He said Christians must not entertain fear or in any challenge they encounter but rather praise God through singing and worship saying it is a spiritual weapon to conquer and defeat the enemy.
“Fear holds your mental creativity, destroys your expectations, joy of living, your hope for the future, promotes depression and kills initiatives therefore Christians must increase their faith over fear”, he preached.