Ace Concordia, C4C Philippines coordinator, reported on a meeting with Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) on Friday, Oct. 12:
"We were joined by Doc Jo Cordero for this meeting. We were met by one of their Academic Publications Coordinators, Sue McQuay, and her Filipino counterpart Mila. They were very accommodating and the meeting started with us giving a testimony about the ministry of Climbing For Christ worldwide and how C4C started in the Philippines. After that they brought out from their library the only Kankanaey Bible they had left in their archive.
"I am not joking when I say my heart LEAPED in excitement and I was overwhelmed when I saw the Kankanaey Bible. There was a feeling that I couldn't explain the whole time it was right in front of me.
Ace holding the only Kankanaey Bible at SIL.
"They inquired of us about our experience in Kibungan and what kind of literary materials we saw there. We told them we saw hymnals in Kankanaey, but nothing else. Bibles were in Ilocano. In 2000, a limited number of Kankanaey Bibles were reproduced for a pastor in Benguet, but since then there have been no reprints of the Kankanaey Bible simply because there have been no requests for them. They knew of no one ministering to the Kankanaey people who would bring these Bibles.
"I learned a lot during the meeting: the importance of preserving culture by means of the Bible, the history of how it was translated by missionaries; it was a very eye-opening discussion. I now have new deeper and profound appreciation for the Bible and how God is using it to change lives in the most distant of lands. We also discussed the cost of this endeavor. It will cost Php500,000.00 (US$12,100) to print 1,000-plus copies of the Bible.
"These are exciting times!"
To support this PROJECT LIVING WORD effort, send donations to Climbing For Christ, c/o Kankanaey Bibles, P.O. Box 16290, Rochester, NY 14616-0290 USA.
Posted Oct. 22, 2012