More than good stories! The Gospel of Luke has been
published for Zanaki speakers.(Mara Cluster - Tanzania)
The group was very quiet when we were reading, except sometimes they'd tell
us to go back and read a paragraph again, not because they hadn't understood,
but just because they liked it so much they wanted to hear it again! When
we finished reading, they exclaimed, "We thought people weren't speaking
pure Zanaki anymore, and that people in town and young people were starting to
look down on our language and to prefer Swahili, but here you are reading such
good Zanaki! We're so glad to hear our language being used so well, just
the way it really is."
A few of the older people in the group said, "Long ago we heard a
Christian pastor read to us from the gospel of Matthew, which was the only book
of the Bible translated into Zanaki. We thought that when that project
ended after just one book, nobody would ever write in Zanaki again. Thank
you for your work to remember our language and to write it! We are not
Christians, but we think you are doing good work to translate the Bible.
These are good stories and the way you have written them in such pure
Zanaki...ah, that is sweet to hear."