The Chiru people number approximately 7,000. Predominantly Christian with 98.4% professing Christianity, at least 10% of the population claims to be evangelical. Due to the literacy training and materials that Bibles International provided during their New Testament translation project, the Chiru people enjoy a high literacy rate of approximately 95%. However, with the Chiru language considered to be a developing language, a significant amount of language and linguistic work continues during the Old Testament project.
A missionary began preaching the gospel to this tribe around 1933; however, the churches quickly became liberal in theology. God eventually sent an independent Baptist missionary to the Chiru people, and the church has continued to grow and thrive over the years. The unmistakable and indisputable work of God established 13 churches, each with a pastor, 2 evangelists, and 9 missionaries, but all without a single copy of the Scriptures in their language.
In 1985, Alar Chiru traveled over 1,500 miles to request Bibles International's help with a Bible translation. BI adopted the project in 1996 and completed the Chiru New Testament in 2009. Since the dedication program held on January 29, 2010, the Chiru people have received the New Testament very well, with most of the 6,000 printed New Testaments already distributed among the Chiru. They genuinely desired to continue partnering with BI to produce an entire Bible in their language. The Chiru believers formally requested BI's assistance on December 9, 2011, and BI officially adopted the Chiru Old Testament project in 2013. One Chiru pastor said, "There won't be any other greater thing for the Chirus to seek than to have God's Word in our own language. Churches will be greatly strengthened by the arrival of God's Word in our language."
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