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In March 2022, the Gbeya, Kaba, and Ngbugu people in the Central African Republic (CAR) celebrated the dedication of their New Testaments.
Praise God! He enabled all three people groups to have his Word in one year.
Some SIL CAR staff and translation consultants were flown from Bangui, CAR, to the village where the Gbeya dedication occurred by Dennis Freeland, a JAARS-trained pilot serving with SIL Cameroon Aviation in Yaoundé, which JAARS supports through subsidies from our Aviation Solutions.
The day Dennis planned to fly from Yaoundé to Bangui, a large storm developed between the two locations.
Because the storm didn’t dissipate, Dennis left the next morning to pick up his passengers. This made them a few hours late, but at least they could still attend the celebration.
At the village airstrip, they were greeted by a 4WD vehicle—funded by JAARS—that had carried national translators and printed New Testaments to the dedication.
“If not for the airplane, [this] team would not have been able to attend and celebrate this milestone,” Dennis said. “It is very humbling to see all that these people have gone through and lost and yet [they] have joy and cherish God’s Word in their language.”
“If not for the airplane, [this] team would not have been able to attend and celebrate this milestone.”