Most of the Loron people of Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso still follow traditional African religious practices.
However, in recent years, over 500 Loron men, women and children (from a total population of around 10,000), have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. There is a growing thirst among the Loron believers to have more of the Word of God translated into their own language. With that has come an increasing desire for more literacy courses and Bible teaching materials.
Despite the fact that the Loron folks are one of the less-developed people groups in the region, the Loron believers recently demonstrated a real desire for the Bible by raising around $1,000/£650 from their meagre resources to contribute to the costs of producing a translation in the Loron language. Their love for God’s Word and their sacrificial giving is a real inspiration.
The Loron Bible translation and literacy project has many pressing needs and expenses, including the need for:
- an efficient solar power system;
- computers and printing equipment;
- practical work areas;
- further training in Bible translation principles and practice;
- wages for translation co-workers;
- and a library of Bible commentaries and study aids.
A complete New Testament, and eventually the whole Bible, in the Loron language will greatly assist the believers to continue to grow and mature in their walk with the Lord and will provide a long-term benefit to the Loron church as it endeavours to reach out to other Loron villages and homesteads and, also other ethnic groups in the region.
There is a need to expedite the Bible translation process, teach more people how to read and write, and produce many more Bible teaching materials for the growing Loron church.
Today, New Tribes Mission launched a new project to help raise funds to complete the translation, and to print more literacy and teaching materials. (http://usa.ntm.org/projects/loron-bible)
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