The gospel of Luke in the Kabwa language

December 15, 2011 in Wycliffe, Mark, Africa, Bible translation, Front, Language, Tanzania

Last month another of the language groups in Tanzania’s Mara Region, the Kabwa, celebrated the completion and publication of the gospel of Luke in their language. The Kabwa are a relatively small language community that the language survey team that I was part of visited back in 2005,┬áliving mainly in just two villages to the south of Musoma town. Despite being a small group the Kabwa are very proud of their language and were eager to translate the Bible so that they could understand it better and pass it on to future generations.

Our colleague Michael Nicholls has again taken some excellent photos of the dedication event last month, some of which are below: Read the rest of this entry →

Luke translated into Ikoma, Kabwa and Zanaki

September 26, 2011 in Wycliffe, Africa, Bible translation, Front, Language, Tanzania

Back in July and August 2005 I was part of a language assessment team that was asked by the church leaders in Tanzania’s Mara Region to research the various languages spoken in the region and assess the need for Bible translation. The research trip was a memorable one for me in many ways, ranging from the fascinating people, culture and languages (and animals) of Mara Region, to the frequent trips to the internet cafe in Musoma to check on the cricket scores and to see if Laura (who I had met a few weeks previously) had emailed.

Six years on and it is very exciting to see the progress that has been made in the translation project since then, and in particular to see that the first Bible books in some of the languages are about to be published! The book of Luke has been recently translated into the Ikoma, Kabwa and Zanaki languages of Mara Region, spoken by a total of around 150,000 people. Read the rest of this entry →