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Daddy Botutu Picking Up New Testament Translation Baton

01March, 2017

Wycliffe Associates

Daddy Botutu and National Bible Translators

Daddy Botutu has been handed a proverbial baton. In the early 1900s, his father worked alongside a missionary to begin translating the Scriptures for the Kesengele people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). When the missionary became ill and returned home to England, he took the work with him, never to be seen again.

Nearly 50 years later, Daddy Botutu, a nurse by profession, is continuing his father’s legacy by leading a team of four Congolese to translate God’s Word into their heart language. The team members’ ages range from the 20s to 79, and each one is excited and focused on the important work they are doing.

While attending a MAST workshop, made possible through support from friends like you, Daddy Botutu and the others completed the entire book of Mark in the Kesengele language.

Daddy Botutu’s drive to translate the Scriptures is fueled by a deep desire to see his frail father hold a completed Kesengele New Testament in his hands before he passes on. That’s why your support is so appreciated. God has blessed your gifts to not only provide translation workshops but Bible Translation Acceleration Kits (BTAKs) as well. These kits can include a laptop computer, satellite communication terminal, solar panel, battery, and power supply. And they provide Bible translators with safe and effective remote collaboration from virtually anywhere.

Please pray for Daddy Botutu and his team as they press forward to translate God’s message of peace, love, and salvation in a country that for so long has only known violence, civil war, and corruption. God’s Word is their only hope and, together, we will see that the people receive it in the language of their heart.

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