|Avuta, who started the Ndruna language project 30 years with SIL, and his wife, holding an Ndruna NT|
One Sunday in March, we put on our party clothes and walked to the translation office at 6 AM. We were meeting another 60 people to travel by bus to the town of Gety, to see the Ngiti people receive the New Testament in their language, Ndruna! It was the culmination of many years of hard work for the translators, much of it done on a displaced basis here in Bunia because of war and militia activity in their home area. This is the first language project we've worked with that has never had an expat missionary assigned to live with them and work on the translation... it is a completely national project.
|Our office staff, family and friends, with the boxes of Ndruna New Testaments|
We didn't leave until a few hours later, though. Gety is in the "zone rouge", the "red zone", where there have been ongoing militia attacks. The bus driver was afraid to go there, and it took hours for the bus company to find someone willing to drive us. We were not completely unprepared, though. We had arranged for a United Nations escort to accompany us from the town of Bogoro to Gety and back. We had an uneventful trip through beautiful countryside.