Christians celebrate completion of the Gullah New Testament

By October 27, 2005

USA (MNN) — JAARS, the organization that speeds Bible translation for Wycliffe Bible Translators and others, is hosting a celebration next week of a little known language spoken in the southern United States. It’s called the Gullah language.

Gullah is a language spoke by descendants of West African slaves brought to the United States from the late 1600’s until the mid 1800’s to work on rice plantations along the sea coast in South Carolina, Georgia and northern Florida. The Gullah language is derived from an older form of English and West African language forms.

The church is the target audience for this new translation. It will mean that preachers won’t have to makeup translations into Gullah on the spot, and the translations will not be different each time.

Pray that many Gullah speakers will respond to God’s word.

The celebration of the 26 year translation project will take place at the JAARS Center in Waxhaw, North Carolina on November 5th.

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