Huila Cluster

Languages: oluHanda, oluCilenge, !Xun
People Group: Bantu (oluHanda, oluCilenge) and San (!Xun)
People Group Size: 200,000 oluHanda, 120,000 oluCilenge, and 3,000 !Xun
Location: Huila Province in Angola
Lifestyle: Semi-nomadic and pastoral

Translation Time-frame: Oct 2017 – Sept 2020
Translation Phase: 1
Translation Goals: Oral Bible translation of 40 narratives from both the Old and New Testament
Source Languages: Nyaneka and Portuguese
Managing Partners: Wycliffe SA / IESA church

The !Xun are an extremely isolated Bushmen group that have largely been without any Christian witness until recently. They are scattered across Angola, Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. Now, centered around the city of Lubango, the communities of Handa and Cilenge, are coming together with the !Xung speakers in the Huila province of Angola four times a year to collaborate on their respective Bible translations, which they are all doing as oral rather than written translations.

Doing their work as a part of a cluster promotes team work and shared vision as well as making wise use of resources, such as trainers and consultants who are traveling from other remote areas to aid in the translation. The current phase of the project has come to an end and the winding down process has now begun. Despite the challenges and delays attributed to the introduction of the Render software, the project did well and has achieved most of its translation goals.

Pastor Dungodungo said that he and his evangelism team were able to tell some of the Bible narratives in three different communities, at times, to groups of over 100 people. He was very positive about the impact they were having. According to the communities, the fact that the Bible is in their mother languages leads them to know that God loves them and is interested in them personally. This opens the door for the gospel to be presented more effectively in these communities. 

Prayer:

  • For the winding down process, and clarity from God on what the future holds for the translation work.
  • That God continues to give IESA, our impact partners, wisdom and guidance.
  • For the translation team as they take God’s Word into their communities as oral passages and songs.
  • For wisdom in finding the best ways to distribute and publish the completed Scriptures.

oluHanda: Genesis 2

oluChilenge: Luke 10:38-42

!Xun: Exodus 20:1-17

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