We have spent some quality time over the past couple of months with the Loron believers in northern Ivory Coast. It has been very encouraging, although there have been some challenges along the way.
• Translation Today we printed a working copy of the Gospel of Matthew in the Loron language. The three men on the Bible translation team completed a draft of the book earlier this year, and since mid-March I have been doing various checks on the material, focusing on accuracy, clarity and natural use of the Loron language in the translation. After a couple more checks Matthew should be ready for a thorough examination by a Bible translation consultant.
Thank you for praying for the translation project and for the Bible translation team: Donald, Samuel and Jeremy.
• Literacy One young man, out of the blue, said today that his goal in learning how to read is to be able to teach the Bible and work for God. Comments like that make all the effort worthwhile. Marina has been encouraged with progress in literacy. Numerous classes are held each week and it is thrilling to see both teachers and students enthusiastically dedicate themselves to teaching and learning how to read and write in the Loron language.
Pray for Joel, Marie, Seraphin, Alice and Joseph as they head up the literacy programme.
• Doctrine The believers have been well grounded in what the Bible teaches concerning salvation, but teaching from a church group in the region which puts a heavy emphasis on works is, for some Loron believers, adversely affecting a clear understanding of God’s provision of eternal life by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
Please pray for wisdom in maintaining the purity and simplicity of the gospel in the Loron church.
• Travel We plan to travel to Senegal on Friday, and then, next Monday, Marina will go to South Africa and Mozambique for three weeks to help train literacy consultants, and also to work with three missionary teams as they develop their literacy courses. I will remain in Senegal for meetings and workshops, and then at the end of June we will both be attending a conference with all of our missionaries working in West Africa.
We appreciate your prayers for the Loron people and for the work among the unreached and least-reached people groups in Africa.
Loron Bible translation team: Donald, Samuel and Jeremie