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Kissi Literacy and Scripture Engagement

Kissi Literacy and Scripture Engagement

Southwest EthiopiaBible Translation Coordination OfficeBorn into a family of farmers in Konosu, Esther Bundor had no opportunity for formal education. She later married a farmer, and the expectation was that she stay at home to care for her family. At times she felt...

Kono Literacy and Scripture Engagement

Kono Literacy and Scripture Engagement

Southwest EthiopiaBible Translation Coordination OfficeMrs. Jembwe and her family were Muslim. They found it difficult to observe prayer five times a day as required. They did not have the time to devote to the rituals involved nor did they understand the meaning of...

Krio Literacy and Scripture Engagement

Krio Literacy and Scripture Engagement

Southwest EthiopiaBible Translation Coordination OfficePastor Sanu had always been eager to learn, but financial constraints prevented him from attending school. Then he received literacy training through The Institute of Sierra Leonean Languages (TISLL) and qualified...

Limba Literacy and Scripture Engagement

Limba Literacy and Scripture Engagement

Southwest EthiopiaBible Translation Coordination OfficeYealie Kamara lives in Konta village in Sierra Leone. One of 18 children, she was forced to leave school because her family could not afford to pay the fees. Her desire for education remained with her into...

Loko Literacy and Scripture Engagement

Loko Literacy and Scripture Engagement

Though the Loko New Testament has been available since 1983, many people remain illiterate. They are unable to read the Bible with understanding despite the number of churches around them. Literacy and Scripture engagement programs will encourage people to interact...

Mende Literacy and Scripture Engagement

Mende Literacy and Scripture Engagement

Southwest Ethiopia Bible Translation Coordination Office ​The Mende literacy program will fulfill the desire of Mende speakers to develop reading and writing skills in their own language. Teachers raised up from within the community will lead workshops, seminars, and...

Mende Old Testament Translation

Mende Old Testament Translation

Southwest EthiopiaBible Translation Coordination OfficeCandles were very expensive in Sierra Leone. But the fear of demons and spirits prompted people to burn them at night for protection. The Mende people lived in the darkness caused by such fear until the New...

The Institute for Sierra Leonean Languages (TISLL)

The Institute for Sierra Leonean Languages (TISLL)

Southwest EthiopiaBible Translation Coordination OfficeEstablished in 1974, The Institute for Sierra Leonean Languages (TISLL) encourages and promotes the teaching of indigenous languages in religious institutions, schools and communities. TISLL has been instrumental...

Themne Literacy and Scripture Engagement

Themne Literacy and Scripture Engagement

The Themne New Testament has been available for a number of years. Because of low literacy rates, many people showed limited interest in Scripture.  Lutheran Bible Translators' missionaries who have served as translation and Scripture engagement advisors among the...

Themne Old Testament Translation

Themne Old Testament Translation

During a community engagement meeting in the Themne-speaking town of Lunsar in Sierra Leone, one man commented, “I never had the opportunity to listen to the Word of God in my heart language until today.” As a traditional leader and Muslim, he promised to attend any...