The Bible Society of Uganda is hunting for 5 billion shillings to translate the whole Bible into the Rufumbira language.
This was disclosed on Thursday by Peter Serumaga Lumbuye, the Acting General Secretary of the Bible Society of Uganda, during the launch of the Rufumbira New Testament Bible. The launch event took place at the picturesque Mayors Gardens in Kisoro Municipality.
Lumbuye highlighted that the translation of the Old Testament alone consumed three years of dedicated effort and required an expenditure of 3 billion shillings.
During this event, Bishop Godfrey Mbitse of Muhabura Diocese emphasized the importance of cooperation and love among different denominations, reminding everyone that they all serve the same God.
The State Minister for Youth and Children Affairs in the Ministry of Gender, Labor, and Social Development, Sarah Mateke Nyirabashitsi, represented Prime Minister Rt Hon Robina Nnabanja and urged Christians to foster unity, peace, and the development of the church.
The journey to translate the Rufumbira Bible commenced in 1957 but faced obstacles that led to its suspension. However, in February 1999, local churches collectively decided to resurrect this project. In June 2010, a language board comprising representatives from various denominations was established. The board diligently commenced translation work between 2011 and 2014, ultimately unveiling the Gospel of Luke in 2015.