Archive for November, 2010

Tyndale House Publishers and Wycliffe Bible Translators team up in a brilliant collaborative effort to give the New Living Translation to contest winners—and to give one fortunate family the opportunity to learn about the exciting world of Bible translation with a custom-designed adventure at the Wycliffe Discovery Center in Orlando, Florida.

Everyone wins! Every person who enters their name and email address on the Bible Contest website wins a free download of Matthew West reading the Christmas story.

Daily winners who enter on the New Living Translation Facebook page will win two NLT Study Bibles—one to keep and one to give away.

Weekly winners who enter on the NLT Bible Contest website will receive five NLT Study Bibles and $250 worth of NLT products to give away to a ministry of their choice when they tell others who they would like to bless with the Bibles and how they would do it.

One Grand Prize winner will enjoy a unique trip customized just for them and their family (or three guests of their choice), to Wycliffe Bible Translators world headquarters and the WordSpring Discovery Center in Orlando, FL where they will experience firsthand the exciting world of Bible translation.

Contest Details:

  • Contest runs from November 29, 2010 to January 15, 2011.
  • Tyndale will Give the Word by providing a free download of the Christmas Story read by Matthew West to anyone who provides first name and email address on Contest site.   Open and available to all.
  • Daily winners Give the Word as they are selected from visitors to the NLT Facebook Fan Page where they will review a verse of Scripture in four English translations, choosing the one they feel is clearest.  Random selection of one winner per day, receiving two NLT Study Bibles—one to keep and one to give away.
  • Daily Winners will also have opportunity to Give the Word when they vote for their favorite Ministry—Wycliffe Bible Translators, the Dream Center, or Oasis International, with each vote counting toward a donation to the selected ministry.  Tallied regularly, awarded when fan count reaches periodic milestones.
  • Weekly winners on the Bible Contest website will be asked to share how they would Give the Word to a ministry in need of Bibles by writing, in essay form, about the ministry and the need.
  • Grand Prize Winner will be chosen from entries on Bible Contest site where they review a passage from the NLT Study Bible and consider the study notes, sharing how the verses and notes combine to strengthen their relationship with God.  Grand Prize Winner will have customized experience with Wycliffe Bible Translators, leaning how WBT Gives the Word to bibleless people groups around the world.  Selection based on essay quality, heartfelt expression, pertinence to focus of Contest and passion for God’s Word, the NLT specifically and the Bible, generally.

Click here to access the contest.

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A view of Angoche, Mozambique, the homeland of the Koti people. Photo by Søren Kjeldgaard
A view of Angoche, Mozambique, the homeland of the Koti people.
Photo by Søren Kjeldgaard

by Craig Combs

God is in the business of redeeming and transforming humanity.  He takes special delight in doing this where all seems hopeless and impossible.

From a hilltop near the coastal town of Angoche, Mozambique, one can see the entire area comprising the homeland of the Koti people.  The view takes in Angoche town, the beautiful Indian Ocean coastline and numerous offshore islands on which many other Koti live and work as fishermen.  In all, there are about 64,000 speakers of EKoti, the language of the Koti.

Photo by Søren Kjeldgaard
A fresh catch of fish is brought in to a coastal village just outside of Angoche.
Photo by Søren Kjeldgaard

More than 500 years ago, two languages, Kiswahili and Makhuwa, fused through speakers’ intermarriage and coastal trading around Angoche to create EKoti, a whole new language distinct from both of its linguistic ‘parents.’

For hundreds of years, the slave trade thrived in Angoche.  The Koti became middlemen in the trade, capturing neighboring Makhuwa people and selling them to Arab and Persian slave merchants.  Some Koti even sold their own difficult children into slavery.

A serious degradation of the value of human life spread through Koti culture over time.  The practice of throw-away marriages became common – marriages discarded as easily and thoughtlessly as a soiled piece of clothing.

Communication of the Good News would have to be relevant to these key elements of Koti culture, or have little impact.

Beginnings:  A Team Assigned

In late 1996 Wycliffe workers Ada and Chris Lyndon and their infant daughter, Rebekah arrived in Angoche to begin the long process of building relationships, learning Koti and eventually facilitating the translation of Scripture into the language.  They faced a huge uphill struggle even getting started.

The Lyndon family at their home in Mozambique. Photo courtesy of Chris Lyndon.

“After 9 months we realized we had been straining to get a working relationship with people who were just not interested,” Chris said.  “That left us very frustrated, discouraged and feeling alone.  One of the things we did was pray to God to send somebody to come and specifically share and teach the Good News.  Out of the blue in August 1998 a team from a Japanese church came as an answer to those prayers.”

Blessing from a shipwreck

This team came on the scene in a manner reminiscent of the Apostle Paul’s shipwreck experience on the island of Malta.  A storm blew them ashore on an island they didn’t expect to be able to visit.  Meeting with local people, they immediately began to speak about Jesus – and people responded to the message!

Why did they respond?  What was different from so many other, failed attempts to reach the Koti?

Continue reading…

Pray for the Koti project

Editor’s note: Craig Combs is a communications consultant with Wycliffe International Communications. This story was originally written for the Wycliffe News Network.

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