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“Come and see what God has done for us!” the man shouted, as hundreds of people paraded through town behind a marching band and several church choirs. Over a century since they first heard about Jesus, the Nyole community of Uganda finally have the New Testament in their own language. Their celebration grew so large, even some who had decided to stay away could not resist...

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As the Ikoma team prepares to record voices for the JESUS film, they held an “actors’ workshop” for people interested in playing a role. Some who attended were still learning to read Ikoma, and were able to work with local literacy specialists. Many were excited to discuss the whole Ikoma project. Throughout the day, they asked questions, raised challenges, and shared ideas...

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“I was doing some work around the house, and needed materials,” began Michiel (a Translation Advisor). At a local hardware shop, two employees expressed desire to read Scripture in their languages. “They wanted the Gospel of Luke,” Michiel said. “We have it in Kabwa for one man, but the other speaks Jita — we ran out of those a while ago.” A few weeks later came a surprise…

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A special team traveled many hours through the mountainous Mbeya Region to find a church choir waiting for them. They had arranged to record the choir singing its songs of worship in Bungu, their language. “By making an excellent recording for this choir,” Jo said, “we can help them lay a strong foundation for future Scripture translation.” Voices (and hearts) soared. Then suddenly, the drums began...

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Translation teams work with volunteers from their language community to review new Scripture portions. The group helping our Sangu team included a very old and respected man who (like most Sangu) follow another major religion. When he recently passed away, the team went to his funeral to pay their respect. They had no idea that BBC Swahili was there, and captured everything...

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