"If your God is so mighty, why doesn't He speak my language?"
A Cakchiquel (Guatemala) man to SIL founder William Cameron Townsend
The Nzime New Testament reached East Cameroon in 1998, but was little read. However, once the organization “Faith Comes By Hearing” recorded the New Testament and made it available on solar-powered digital players called Proclaimers, the Nzime gladly received God’s message. They now gather in listening groups and let the recorded Word of God pour into their ears and hearts. Lives are changed, relationships restored, and people given new hope.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Dja River, the Njyem people were waiting for the New Testament to be translated. Finally they insisted that Proclaimers from the Nzime be brought south across the river to their villages. Despite the fact that this would give the Nzime language a foothold among them, they felt they could wait no longer to hear the Word of God. After all, the proverb says "A drowning man will even grab a snake that is swimming by if it will help him to survive."
Presbyterian pastor Reverend Bengene Mebere Innocent of Ngoyla knew that illiteracy was keeping the vast majority of the people from reading the Bible. Upon learning of the “Faith Comes By Hearing” program among the Nzime, he asked to supervise listening centers where Proclaimers would bring God’s Word to the Njyem. Subsequently, the Roman Catholic priest based in Ngoyla offered to supervise listening centers for his own parishioners. As a result, twenty centers have been started in the Njyem area and many are now finding a sure basis for their faith in God.
The Njyem still want the Word of God in their language, but until that happens, they will accept the Proclaimer and the message that it brings, even in Nzime.