By Johnson Adebowale
A daily devotional manual, Rhapsody of Realities, published by LoveWorld Publishing, has been translated into 7,000 languages and dialects.
The publishing company’s chief operating officer, Rev. Lola Aisida, said 42% of the 7,139 languages spoken globally were endangered. She explained that publishing Rhapsody of Realities in 7,000 languages was intended to ensure that no language would disappear.
According to her, of the 7,000 languages translated, 520 are Nigerian dialects, surpassing the 502 languages officially recorded in Nigeria.
“Never in the history of the world and in all the records of the Guinness Book of World Records, any literary document – be it a document, a film, a writing, a book or any historical or modern piece of parchment – has been translated into 7,000 languages.
“The devotional Rhapsody of Realities’ meteoric rise to the most coveted spot as the world’s #1 daily devotional and now the world’s most translated daily devotional began with the first edition published in the English language by LoveWorld Publishing .
“Twenty-two years later, LoveWorld Publishing has grown into a vast network of publishers spanning multiple countries,” she said.
The director said the translation work was deployed by an army of translators, who applied due diligence processes to deliver Rhapsody of Realities in all 7,000 languages.
She said that, by all accounts, the job of translation was not easy, explaining that the most popular literary pieces in the world would long ago be available in all languages.
“On the contrary, authenticated records show that the most translated short documentary has eleven translations; the most translated short film has 22 translations.
“The most translated document, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, produced by the United Nations in 1948, was only translated into 370 languages in 2019. And, even the most professionally translated acclaimed author in the world , Agatha Christie, has her books in just over 100 languages.
“There are 7,139 languages spoken today, but a report indicates that 42% of those languages are endangered. These statistics pose a global challenge that is only suitable for a global publishing house that transcends the inadequacies of the editorial space.
“LoveWorld Publishing will ensure that no language goes away as Rhapsody of Realities will remain widely distributed month after month in over 7,000 languages,” Aisida said.
Also speaking, Abuja Zonal Pastor, Christ Embassy, Mr. Dipo Esho, praised Pastor Oyakhilome for bringing men into the reality of the original purpose for which they were created, through the book.
Esho said the ministry will ensure the book continues to reach all communities in all nations. He said the purpose of the book was to bring people back to their Creator and have their own purpose fulfilled.
According to him, testimonies abound of people in desperate circumstances who have found the reason to live again by reading the book.
The daily devotional is authored by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy.
One user of the manual, Chris Iyamu, said the Rhapsody of Realities has transformed lives and enlightened minds.
Moreover, Mr. Michael Egbo, who announced that he was the first person to take the devotion out of the country, said that the book had been a huge blessing to him and his family.
Egbo, who has provided devotion to prisons in Ghana, said that through the movement over 500 prisoners have given their lives to Jesus Christ and one of them is now a gospel pastor in Togo.