A young boy smiles for the photographer in the market in Bori, South Sudan.
The people of South Sudan have rarely known peace. The decades since Sudan’s independence from Britain and then South Sudan’s independence from Sudan have been marked by turmoil and war.
Despite the turbulence, Bible translation has been taking place. The Baka translation began in 1980 in southern Sudan. The team endured civil war, violence, having to flee as refugees, and a kidnapping. Through it all, translation continued, and in March 2017, the Baka community celebrated the launch of the New Testament.
Now that the Baka have God’s Word, “God is not a foreigner anymore. Jesus is one of us. He can talk [our] dialect,” says Pastor Bennett Marona, the translation project manager.
To see more of their story, watch this video about the Baka translation. (Video available in English)