Building a Firm Foundation

Mother-tongue literacy will equip the Pangu to understand Scripture in their own language.

  • August 7, 2017
Pangu church choir

There are an estimated 30,000 to 50,000 Pangu speakers, mostly living in northwest Nigeria. The Pangu project is working to help people learn to read and write their own language for use in daily life. And now the Pangu have two wonderful texts they can use as they develop their reading skills — the Gospel of Luke and book of James.

On May 6, 2017, these first printed Scriptures were dedicated, and it was a time of great rejoicing! Pangu men and women from various churches came together to celebrate the books. A women’s choir sang one song — illustrated with props and movements — that thanked God for all his blessings. One of the translators read a whole chapter of Luke in Pangu.

Pangu church congregation

When it came time for the dedication prayer, people were invited to come forward and lay their hands on the covered books if they had been involved with or impacted by the translation. By the time all these people made their way up to the front, there was almost no one left sitting in the pews!

It is the team’s prayer that the booklets will be read and that lives will be transformed as they experience God’s Word. Praise God for the life-changing power of Scripture in Pangu!

Man reading Pangu Scriptures
  • As the team continues to work on literacy initiatives in Pangu, pray that more Pangu speakers would learn how to read and write their own language.

  • Ask God to give the project team wisdom as they continue to work on literacy and Scripture materials.

  • Pray that the Pangu would be transformed as they read God’s Word, and that their lives would be changed for God’s glory.

Alisha Carr

Make a Prayer Connection: Pray for Wycliffe missionary Alisha Carr. Alisha began her journey in Nigeria as a language survey intern in 2012 and in 2014 became the prayer coordinator for the group. Send her an encouraging online note or join her prayer team.