Honiara, Solomon Islands
Seventeen pastors recorded the full Bible in Pijin in just three weeks for the It Is Written Oceania (IIWO) Godpod project.
This will open up God’s Word to people who have never had the opportunity to hear it before.
Solomon Islands Mission (SIM) president Pastor George Fafale not only allowed the team to volunteer their time but he also gave them full use of the offices they needed in the SIM compound to complete the project. For a country where, according to UNESCO, 40 per cent of the population are illiterate, an accurate Bible recording is important.
“This will open up God’s Word to people who have never had the opportunity to hear it before,” said IIWO speaker/director Gary Kent.
Two IIWO staff travelled to the Solomons from Australia to facilitate the process and provide the technology.
The process was not without its challenges. Apart from recording the entire Bible, the team found more than 140 theological errors in the new translation. For example, to make it more culturally relevant the old translation had rendered “lambs” and “sheep” (which are not found in Solomon Islands) into “pigs”.
The audio Bible will be recorded on Godpods (solar-powered MP3 players), which IIWO hopes will be distributed in September.