From the Annual Report:
The Rebelados worship an old Spanish Bible which a priest gave to one of the escaped slaves. Unable to read, they do not understand the message of this book. Many Cape Verdian pastors prayed that one day
these people might understand the message of the book they worship.
During a recent Easter season, ministry workers showed JESUS for the first time in Sotaventu Kabuverdianu, the heart language of all the people on Santiago. When Robert (name changed), a retiredÂ Nazarene pastor, received a copy ofÂ JESUS, he decided to show this version of the film as his full-time ministry.Â â€¦ He traveled to remote rural areas and to the mountains where he set up campâ€¦Â people walked for miles to seeÂ the film, and many came to know theÂ Lord personally.
After a village chief, the direct descendent of the slave who received the Bible walked 10 miles to see the film – that same chief asked Pastor Robert to come back to his village to show it. He traveled, showed the film three times and preached.
Since Pastor Robertâ€™s showings of JESUS, Rebelado communities have opened up to the Cape Verdian churches. Translated Scripture portions have been introduced, so that the Rebelados could learn to readâ€”in their own languageâ€”the message of the old Spanish book they worshipped throughout their history.