Thursday, March 29, 2007

New Scripture translations plant seeds in Romania and Moldova.

Romania/Moldova (MNN) -- The International Bible Society is working toward the release this year of a fresh, easy-to-read Scripture translation in Romania and Moldova. The Europe division will be releasing two new first edition Bibles that use modern language while representing accuracy and faithfulness to the original texts. Equipped with a wealth of footnotes, these translations are targeted to be used by new believers for outreach and evangelism, especially among young people, as well as for general reading.

IBS is also spreading the Gospel through "Jesus--The Story of His Life Gospel of Mark." There are plans for literature distributions at orphanages. IBS staff is also working to reach youth through the Reach 4 Life programs in schools. The program is based on a proven, abstinence-based approach and focuses around a special book--a full NIV New Testament with extensive, youth-friendly helps.

The IBS-Southeastern Europe team engaged Christian medical doctors in Romania to help complete a Romanian adaptation of the notes and other non-Scripture text in their English Reach 4 Life New Testament. From there, the teams integrated the Romanian Reach 4 Life notes with the Romanian New Testament translation and published a Romanian R4L New Testament in 2005.

Pray that Christian leaders will be ready to disciple the children responding to God's Word. Pray, too, that churches in Romania will grow in number and spiritual strength upon the foundation of Scripture.

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