Barnabas Aid project partners in Ethiopia have printed and distributed 27,000 urgently needed Oromo language Bibles.

This printing and distribution represents the first phase of a project, part-funded by Barnabas, to publish 100,000 Bibles in Oromo.

Oromo is the second-most widely spoken language in Ethiopia, but only about a million Oromo Bibles have ever been printed – less than one Bible for every 20 Oromo Christians – and these are in an old translation which people today find very difficult to read.

The Macaafa Qulqulluu (Oromo for “Holy Bible”). Barnabas has part-funded the printing of 27,000 Oromo Bibles

The Church is growing fast amongst the Oromo ethnic group, and there is great hunger for the life-changing Word of God – especially as Ethiopia faces severe challenges of drought, hunger and conflict.

Each Bible costs approximately £4.80 ($5.80; €5.70) to print.

“People are so happy,” said our project partner after the Bibles were distributed. A target has been set of printing and distributing another 23,000 Bibles by the end of 2023, taking the project half-way to its planned total of 100,000 Bibles.

Give thanks for the successful distribution of Bibles in Ethiopia. Pray that the new translation into Oromo will be a source of spiritual nourishment and guidance for the Lord’s people, especially as they suffer from poverty, hunger and ongoing conflict.

This article originally appeared on Barnabas Aid/News