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The Language of Our Kitchen

  • July 3, 2017
Smiling Tonga woman

In the Kingdom of Tonga, the Niuafo’ou people are the only minority language group. Often they are considered as somewhat inferior. So they try to hide the fact they are from Niuafo’ou by speaking to each other in the national language of Tongan when in public.

When the Niuafo’ou leaders were approached about the need for a translation, they were initially skeptical but now are strong supporters. The Niuafo’ou have been impacted by hearing the Bible message read in public, since their language is mostly spoken in the privacy of people’s homes. Rejoice with the Niuafo’ou who now feel that, “God speaks the language of our kitchen!”