(Photo courtesy Wycliffe Global Alliance)
Uganda (AIM/MNN) ― The Ik make up a small farming and hunting community squeezed between the large, powerful Karamojong and Turkana pastoralist tribes in northeast Uganda.
Traditionally a peace-loving people, they fight against isolation and marginalization to overcome their difficult circumstances as farmers and enter Ugandan national life as a people with their own culture and voice.
The region is struggling through the dry season, and food stores are running low. The new reports from the United Nations food and Agriculture Organization indicate that the delayed rainy season could lead to food shortage and higher food prices.
According to Africa Inland Mission partners working with the Ik, many are already down to one meal a day.
There are no more beans, pumpkins, or fresh produce. Even the wild plants are dead and dying, leaving the Ik with maize (corn) and water to stay alive. That's one challenge facing Bible translators.
The second is that the Ik have a limited church presence, and according to the Wycliffe Global Alliance, no pastors, no Bible teachers, and of course, no Bible.
But there is good news. AIM is helping with the renovation of an unused building to serve in the efforts to share the Gospel-one room will serve the translation work and one room will serve as a medical clinic. Both are focused to bringing the people into an intimate relationship with Christ.
The translation project is also going forward with some local men being trained to assist the mission person. Pray for the team to understand the work and to come to know the Author as Saviour and Friend.