Lamnso is spoken in Nso, situated in the Kumbo and Jakiri Subdivision, Bui Division. It has an estimated population of 125,000 inhabitants.
They make a living from agriculture with their main source of income coming from corn, Irish potatoes, peanuts, beans, and animal husbandry. They have a strong sense of community.
The New Testament was dedicated more than ten years ago and it is having a great impact on the lives of people. The largest denominations here are Roman Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterian and Church of Christ.
SIL started basic lin-guistic research there in 1972 after consultations with the church and community leaders. A Language Committee was set up to oversee the develop-ment of the ortho-graphy and literacy work. In 1984, the church leaders officially adopted the project and appointed reviewers who wor-ked with the translation team. SIL provided leadership to the project. The Lamnso New Testament was dedicated on September 16, 1990, having been published by the Came-roon Bible Society (CBS). About nine thousand copies were printed and most of them have been sold.
In 1992, the church leaders in this region expressed their desire to have the entire Bible translated. CABTAL agreed to provide leadership for this and sponsored the coordinator for advanced training in the Old Testament. It was in 2002 that the project went operational.
The project has involvement by CABTAL, SIL and CBS, with specific parts of the project assigned to each partner. The indigenous Translation Team represents the larger church denominations in Nso. The project is organised in three stages (2002-2004, 2005-2007, and 2008-2011) that hopes to see the completion of the Old Testament, revision of the New Testament, and the publication of the entire Bible in Lamnso. There are twelve translators divided into six teams, each with a specific task. About 80% of the Old Testament was drafted by June 2008. Literacy classes are going on and about thirty five publications have been produced in Lamnso on diverse topics.
It is expected that the Holy Spirit will work deeply in the lives of the Lamnso churches and the community as a whole. The church will be able, through the translated Word, to minister more effectively. Christians will daily feed on the Word and bring many to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Pray that the Christians will daily feed on the word
of God and serve others with the same portion.
Read John 21:15-16
Last modified: 2009-02-09