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FATALEKA NEW TESTAMENT PLACED IN NATIONAL BIBLE DISPLAY

FRIDAY 24TH NOVEMBER 2017

Fataleka Leaders together with the Bible Translation and Literacy Partnership, Solomon Islands (BTLP, SI have placed the Fataleka New Testament at Parliament on Thursday 23rd November 2017.

The Fataleka New Testament was then placed in the National Bible Display at the National Parliament House. The display holds full Bibles and New Testaments which have been published since National Independence in 1978.

Hon. Sam Iduri places the Fataleka New Testament in the National Display at Parliament House.Hon - Sam Iduri places the Fataleka New Testament in the National Display at Parliament House.

Fataleka Translator, Jeffery Iro who is now the Project Officer for the West Kwara’ae Constituency, told leaders that the work the translators has done was challenging but fulfilling. He said, similar to the stories of other languages, the Fataleka people too, wanted to have the Bible in their own language.

“This has been the prayer of our old people who already passed that one day Fataleka must have the New Testament Bible in their own language,” he said.

He then quoted a statement from Dr. Alpheaus Zobule who facilitated Bible translation courses to translators before they began the work, “It is a disgrace and a shameful thing for a preacher to preach to his own people in a foreign language.”

Hon. Steve Abana, Member of Parliament for Fataleka Ward read a text from the bible in Fataleka - Matthew chapter 28 verse 16-20.

Hon. Steve Abana, MP for Fataleka Constituency made his remarks.Hon. Steve Abana, MP for Fataleka Constituency made his remarks.

He thanked the translators and Seed Company for funding the work on the Fataleka New Testament Bible. https://theseedcompany.org/.

Prime Minister, Hon. Rick Hou gave assurance that his government will continue to support churches as part of their policy.

Prime Minister, Hon. Rick Hou made his remarks at the launching.Prime Minister, Hon. Rick Hou made his remarks at the launching.

He said Government and churches may have different agendas, policies, programmes and objectives, but these are geared towards meeting the needs, though sometimes different of the same people.

He added that it is the Ministry of Home Affairs that oversees churches and other religious organizations.

Work on the Fataleka New Testament version begin in 2011 and was completed in 2016 and dedicated in October this year.

The placement programme ended with the cutting of a Bible cake with the title of the Fataleka New Testament, “Farongoe Lea Ana Fataleka” (Good News in Fataleka)

Present at the Luanching was the Prime Minister, Hon. Rick Hou; Members of Parliament; Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. David Day Pacha; Clerk to National Parliament, Mr. Clezy Rore; Rev. Andrew Fanasia, Director of BTLP, SI (Bible Translation and Literacy Partnership; Directors of Solomon Islands Translation Advisory Group (SITAG) and staff of the National Parliament Office.

Hon. Prime Minister Rick Hou, Members of Parliament, SITAG members and staff of the National Parliament witnessing the launch.Hon. Prime Minister Rick Hou, Members of Parliament, SITAG members and staff of the National Parliament witnessing the launch.

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