10,000 Child's Bibles for Indigenous Faithful in Brazil
10,000 copies are to be printed in the Macuxi language so that children, young people and even adults, who otherwise have no Bibles, can read the colorfully illustrated Bible stories in their own language and allow the Gospel message to penetrate and form their hearts.
The indigenous Macuxi
people today number only some 15,000, and roughly two thirds currently live in
the Amazon area of northern Brazil, close to the frontier with Venezuela and
Guyana. The remaining third live in Guyana itself. The Macuxi came into contact
with the European colonial powers for the first time in the 18th-century. Over
time, they were enslaved by landowners and forced to work in the rice fields
and in the mines. In return, they were introduced to cheap alcohol, leaving
many of them addicted and causing great harm to their traditional village and
The Catholic Church
has been present in this region since the beginning of the 20th century. The
missionaries have stood by the Macuxi and helped them to escape their difficult
plight. By inculcating the Gospel values they have helped the people to say no to
alcohol, to refrain from violence in the event of conflicts and to extricate
themselves from their slavery to the big landowners. Many landowners have been
less pleased by this and as a result there has been some violence, even to the
extent of some mission stations being burned down in recent years.
Thankfully, some of
their traditional lands have once again been restored to the ownership of the
Macuxi people. But now they face new challenges, with the spread of
fundamentalist sects and attempts to induce the people into consuming alcohol
once again. The Church and the tribal elders are concerned above all for the
children and young people.
In order to help root
the Gospel values early, deep in the hearts of the children, ACN is helping to
fund the translation of its Child’s Bible,
God Speaks to His Children, into the Macuxi language. For almost 40 years,
this little book of Bible stories with the bright red cover has been a
worldwide hit, and has already been translated into over 170 languages, in a
total printing of over 50 million copies.
Now 10,000 copies are
to be printed in the Macuxi language so that the children, young people and
even the adults, who otherwise have no Bibles, can read the colorfully
illustrated Bible stories in their own language and so allow the Gospel message
to penetrate and form their hearts.
We have pledged to
give $10,100 for this project. Will you give for the printing of these 10,000
Child’s Bibles for indigenous faithful in Brazil?
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