The Phadei Chin people are a small tribal group of approximately 15,000 people who live in the Chin State in Myanmar.
Traditionally, all Chin people are animists, but when the Gospel message of Jesus Christ was first preached there in 1907, they gladly accepted the message of
Jesus who loves them and can set them free from evil spirits. But there is no Bible in the Phadei language. Translating from the King James Version, and then being able to print a Bible in the Phadei language was a long journey. The first few copies printed were very thick and heavy — over 4 lbs! — with very poor print quality. And the expense was more than most could afford. There are at least 15,000 Phadei believers (all Phadei people are Christians) and they can all read their own dialect. This past spring, thanks to your support, 15,000 lightweight Bibles in the Phadei language, complete with hymnals, were delivered to the Chin State! Hearts overflowed with joy! Daw Sung, Secretary of Phadei Christian Women Fellowship in Chin State, shares the events leading up to a most blessed day in her life:
“I was born and brought up in my Christian family. My life is happy, serving the Lord where ever I can.
The only point of sadness in my life was that I had no Bible in my language.
As we live in a remote area, 95% of the Phadei people do not understand other languages or dialects. So, we had an urgent need to have our own language Bible. Phadei leaders had prayed for this long before I was born. And after more than 60 years, God answered their prayers! Today is a blessed day for me because I received the most precious gift of all: a Bible in the language of my heart. The Word of God in the Phadei language. My favourite Bible verse is Hebrews 4:12, ‘For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.’ There may be many false teachings in our country, but we Phadei people will know the truth by reading our very own Bibles! This is an amazing miracle to us. May the Lord bless you!”
You helped make these longed-for Bibles a reality for the Phadei Chin people!