Last month, three landmark celebrations took place in Ethiopia. The Gamo, Gofa and Dawro peoples gathered to dedicate the
Ruins of ancient Coptic church in Ethiopia
completion of the New Testaments in their languages.
One Gamo leader described the impact of Bible translation in concise but unforgettable terms: “When we buy an appliance we immediately throw away the manual because we cannot understand it. We figure out how to use it by ourselves.
By Beka Mech
Fatima in Mozambique
In the quiet of a home in the city of Maputo, Mozambique, Fatima Mandlate focused on the words in front of her. As One Mission Society missionary Aimee Howarth went over new sounds and letters in Portuguese, 35-year-old Fatima listened intently, memorizing the shapes and sounds of the letters, knowing soon it would be time for her to try to read the words on the page of her primer.
When Fatima was three or four years old, there was civil war in Mozambique. In fact, one of her earliest memories is hearing people say “the war has begun.” So, as an eight-year-old, instead of learning in school, she was fleeing war violence and left home to live with her sister.