New Translation for West Africa: Gourmantché
After receiving requests from church planters in Niger and Togo, Nébié Badiou, who represents CSM in Burkina Faso, has initiated a project to translate Simple Truths into Gourmantché. Gourmantché (Goulmacema, Gourmantchéma, Gourma, Gulimancema, Gulmancema, Gurma) is a major language of the Gurma people. The language is spoken by about 1 million people in Burkina Faso, northern Togo, Benin, and Niger.
Because of extensive work by SIM, CMA, SIL, IMB and other agencies in the past, as many as 8% of the Gurma population is evangelical. But, as one worker there put it, “The church needs teaching.” Many of the leaders have had little training. In some cases, traditional ethnic religion and some beliefs from ‘folk Islam’ have gotten mixed in with Christian beliefs and practices. “A book like this will help.”
The workers who have read the African French version of the book have found it “very helpful.” Now they are asking that it be made available in their own language.
For a sample of what Gourmantché sounds like LISTEN HERE.