New Testament Printed in Country

By May 14, 2007

Benin (MNN) — After 30 years of translation the Monkole` New Testament has been
completed.

Almost 800 people celebrated in traditional West African style, with speeches, testimonies and singing.  Grace Birnie, the missionary translation leader, was in attendance at the Northern Benin town of Pede, along with UEEB church representatives, SIM International , local government and village
leaders. 

There have been 2,000 copies printed in the country thanks to the collaboration with a local SIM International related church member, Pierre.  It was just the second time such a printing has been done in Benin.  This test run will be good for future translations that come to completion in the future.  Birnie and Lillian Cairnes, typesetter, were very pleased with the opportunity to print "in country."

The Monkole` king told those gathered that he believes this New Testament will enable his language to endure because it is in writing.

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