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News & Press: Translation News

Shona (Zimbabwe)

28 November 2016  
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In 2014, 40,000 copies of the Shona New Testament were published, all of which have now been distributed. We are thankful to the Lord that the unified Shona language used in the translation has proved to be acceptable to the speakers of the five different Shona dialects.

We would like to set up a read-and-review committee composed of people from each of the five dialects in order to gather feedback on the text, but this is hampered by the tremendous problems currently facing Zimbabwe. However, the translation team is continuing to work efficiently on the Old Testament, translating an average of twenty-five verses per day. The translators are halfway through the book of Jeremiah, and hope to complete the entire translation of the Old Testament by the end of 2017. A further year will then be needed for a thorough review of the draft translation; God willing, the final text should be ready for the Society to review at the end of 2018. We are very grateful to the Zimbabwean Mission of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, under whose auspices this project is being carried out.

We would ask you to pray for the translators, that they may be upheld in their work. Pray also that there would be some alleviation of the poverty, food shortages, and high unemployment rates currently being experienced in Zimbabwe.


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