Lole NT | Lole
The Lole people live near the middle of the island of Rote in Indonesia, a country that has been troubled by political and religious unrest for the last several years. European traders introduced Christianity to the island in the 1700s, but the Lole people still do not have God’s Word in their own language. Pastors use the Indonesian-language Bible in church services, but without understandable Scriptures, professing Christians lack the foundational truths that lead to practical applications for Christian living.
After seeing the translation work progressing in Kupang Malay, a creole language used widely in the region, members of the Lole community initiated their own translation effort. In 2001, they mailed a typed draft of Mark’s Gospel to the Timor translation office in Darwin, Australia, and requested assistance in publishing the manuscript.
Over the last three years, minimal funding from The Seed Company’s Timor Initiative Program has helped provide some basic training and travel expenses for the translators. This highly motivated team has produced a translation of excellent quality. They have completed the Gospel of Mark, and the Lole community launched this first book of Scripture with great fanfare in December 2004. The translators are now trained and moving ahead with a full translation project. The community is requesting additional financial and technical assistance.
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This project simply couldn’t start fast enough. Lole translators started translating the moment they realized they could have a Bible, too, just like their neighbors who speak Kupang Malay.
The translation team aims to produce the Lole New Testament and Genesis by 2015. They’ll also create a dictionary and a good writing system. More literature and hymns of worship are next on their plate.
The Lole people are so eager for God’s Word that they drafted the Gospel of Mark of their own initiative. The highly motivated translation team has produced a translation of excellent quality. They have completed the Gospel of Mark, and the Lole community launched this first book of Scripture with great fanfare in December 2004. The translators are now trained and ready, moving ahead with a full translation project.