Kamano-Kafe Bible Translation Progress
Nathan with the very first full Bible in his language to reach PNG.
UKARUMPA, Papua New Guinea, March 2023 —
The 2000 copies of the complete Kamano-Kafe Bible arrived and have been dedicated by Christian leaders. They are being sold in the villages at very subsidized prices- about a day’s wage ($5.80). Pray that the 15% of the population who can read will hear about and get access to a Bible in the 283 villages.
The “funding” finish line has been reached!
Praise the Lord that the Kamano-Kafe Bible is now sponsored at 100% of the needed amount to print.
The Kamano-Kafe team of nationals is now doing final read-through editing.
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Kamano-Kafe Translation and Scripture-Use Team (PNG)
Since 1999, Rich and Joyce Mattocks have served the Kamano-Kafe people group in Papua New Guinea (PNG). God has greatly blessed the team with passionate Kamano-Kafe speaking coworkers. The Kamano-Kafe New Testament was dedicated December 24, 2014. In 2021, the team is preparing the complete Bible for publication and finishing audio-recording the final books (prophets) of the Old Testament.
The entire New Testament and most of the Old Testament is recorded and on solar-powered audio players and micro-SD cards. The team has produced multiple teaching booklets, hymn books, and has translated/recorded six videos: The “Jesus film”, “The Hope”, “Acts”, “Genesis”, and “O Papa God” (HIV/AIDS movie drama), and “Ples i Bagarap” (sorcery movie).
With God’s clear direction and help, in 2017, the team wrote and filmed an hour-long movie drama, “Ples i Bagarap” as a Christian response to the growing problem of sorcery in PNG. It was filmed in two languages, Kamano-Kafe and Tok Pisin (the trade language), and dubbed into English.
We are thankful for your partnership that helps team members serve with tools that speed up the work: solar panels and batteries, cell phones and computers.
Your tithes also help pay for team training, stipends, supplies, medical and dental treatment for them and their families, and scholarships for their children to attend school. Thank you for your part on the team to enable the Kamano-Kafe Christians in this ministry.
2/20/21: Kossack took this photo of the Kamano-Kafe team during tea break in the room where they are recording Old Testament books.