Onesimas Jeremiah - Trainee Translator

My name is Onesimas Jeremiah. I was born on 5 May, 1982. I’m married to Resina (12 March, 1991). We have two children. Wama is our adopted daughter born on 16 June, 2002, and is in grade 2.  Enang is our newly born girl, born on 3 September, 2009.


In 1992, when I was a small boy, I went to Sunday School and I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour through the preaching of God’s word by one of the pastors about God’s salvation.


I went to school at Menyamya High School and I finished grade 10 in 2005. In 2006 my church wanted me to go to seminary to train as a pastor but there was no money so I was not able to go. I became a Sunday school teacher instead.


In 2008 February God called me to do translation work. My church also thought it would be good to join this translation work. The Angaataha New Testament was completed in 2003 and dedicated in December 2004. The Angaatiya people are using the Angaataha New Testament now. They have asked us to translate the Old Testament for them. Right now I am undergoing training as a translator. I have just completed the Translators’ Training Course level 1 in Ukarumpa.


My passion is to read the Bible in my own language and to understand it well. The meaning in the text should be expressed in a way that is clear and natural in the language. Then I can speak to my people by using our own language and give them help, encouragement, and comfort about Christ. Therefore, I want to see the whole Bible translated and the Angaatiya people reading it and accepting Jesus Christ as their own personal Saviour, each one of them. That they may believe in Him and go to heaven which is eternal life without start and end.