This is a fine story- and one to think about the next time you glance at your own unread and un-consulted copy of Scripture-
The launch in Embu Town, Kenya on June 16th of the Kiembu-Kimbeere Bible, a brand new translation made possible by the incredible work of the Kenyan Bible Society, was a truly momentous occasion. All those in attendance could feel a sense of gravity to the event; an awareness that it had been a long road to get to that point. But there was one person there for whom that was particularly true – and that was Hannah.
Whilst many of us perhaps couldn’t imagine expecting our grandparents to make their way by foot to a church service, that is in fact exactly what 82 year Hannah did. She walked. And not just up the road or a block or two over…she walked, one foot in front of the other, for six hours. She walked all that way for a chance, just a chance, that someone might agree to trade with her for the only currency she had – her beans.
Her beans, for a Bible. That was Hannah’s hope.
That’s one Bible that will never see a speck of dust due to disuse. Would that all of us treasured Scripture so.