Bible Society of Uganda moves to combat biblical illiteracy

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The Bible Society of Uganda has launched a 90-day campaign that seeks to motivate more Christians in Uganda into reading and studying scripture on a daily basis.

Mr Simon Peter Mukhama, the Bible Society of Uganda general secretary declared a ’90 Days Scripture Challenge’ expected to start 1st September, 2019.

“God loves Uganda. God loves you. He has given us an opportunity over time in engaging the scriptures. It is just overwhelming that year in, and year out, we have distributed more bibles, and also [availed them] in different [forms]. We have braille, digital. But this year around, we have declared the 90 Days Scripture Challenge,” Mr Mukhama said.

During this period, the Bible Society of Uganda revealed that Christians will read the book of John, Romans, Ephesians, 1st and 2nd Timothy.

This will be done step by step with participants reading only 19 verses per day in a language of their choice.

The campaign will be climaxed with a Bible Quiz from the books that have been studied, and the winners will be awarded.

The Bible Society of Uganda was started on 24th November 1968 to serve churches and the general public by making the Holy Scriptures available in languages that people understand best.

Since then, the following languages have been translated out of the 50 languages spoken in Uganda: Luganda, Runyankole-Rukiga, Runyoro-Rutoro, Ng’akarimojong, Alur, Acholi, Kinandi, Ateso, Kakwa, Kinyarwanda, Lango, Lugbara, Kumam, Lusoga, Lumasaba, Kumam, Dhopadhola, Lusamya – Lugwe. Some of these are still on going, reports show.

Last year, the organisation celebrated its Golden Jubilee. The event was graced by among others the Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, veteran legislator Rhoda Kalema, former Principal Judge James Ogoola, State Minister for Youth Nakiwala Kiyingi, State Minister for Ethics Fr. Simon Lokodo, Bible Society officials from the United Kingdom, German, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Tanzania.