Friday, March 31, 2017

Literacy Olympics in Guatemala

In March, LAMP (our literacy ministry team in Guatemala) hosted its 1st Literacy Olympics to promote the reading of the Bible in Mam (an indigenous langauge of Guatemala). There were four events: Public Bible reading, Bible memory, finding Bible references, and Bible knowledge. The winners of each event from each church met on market day in downtown Comitancillo, when thousands come to the village to buy and sell, to visit and to see what’s going on.

The competition was friendly and there were prizes for everyone. Two of the events were especially interesting. The public reading of Scripture was won by a 70-year-old man who, a year ago, couldn’t read Mam. The Bible memory event was won by a 16 year-old boy who recited over 40 Scripture references memorized from his Mam New Testament. Wycliffe missionaries Wes and Nancy Collins attended and received acknowledgment for their translation of the New Testament in Mam. Karen and Andy Vaters, retired Wycliffe missionaries and the founders of LAMP for Mam literacy, returned to Guatemala for this event. 

 Please pray for the LAMP team (Byron, Maria, Eliceo, Yovany, & Esmeralda) in Guatemala as they dedicate their lives to reaching the Mam people.

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