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“I have never heard this story,” said translator Nadine* during a StoryRunners Elkanlen* language workshop in West Africa earlier this spring.
StoryRunners, a ministry of Cru, brings the Bible to life for those without a written Bible.
As a native Elkanlen speaker, fluent English speaker and a follower of her people’s majority religion, Nadine was a perfect person to give feedback on how the Bible stories would be understood by other Elkanlen speakers. She worked long hours beside the team, repeatedly listening to Bible stories.
During her time, Nadine grew more positive toward following Jesus instead of following her way. She joined some worship times with believing participants. One day she was heard singing a worship song to her seven-month old daughter to help her sleep.
Not long after that, Allen, a Cru Staff member, had a conversation with Nadine:
Allen: “Do you believe these stories?”
Nadine: “Oh, I believe ALL of the stories!”
Allen: “Do you think it was an accident that you came to work with us?”
Nadine: “Oh no, God has called me here! When I come here to work on the stories, I feel a joy that is from God.”
During the final week, the entire group listened very closely to the stories they had translated together. Nadine and two of her friends decided to follow His way!
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