November 29, 2019

Jurgen & Katja Hofmann

“The lion’s share of Jurgen’s time is invested in translation right now. Jurgen has good hopes of finishing the gospel of Luke before or during our Home Assignment [next year], so it can be used for preaching after our Home Assignment. Menja, our translator, has made Luke speak Tanala; Jurgen reviews the work critically regarding translation choices and theological content, digitalising it in the process. Menja, meanwhile, is finishing the book of Acts as a logical continuation on Luke… After our Home Assignment we hope to find more ways and openness for using the Tanala-materials. We have spoken with our supervisors and it might be possible to bring a mixed team of Malagasy and foreigners into our area for a programme of training and evangelism, taking four months. The Bible stories could be used by this team as one of the various methods of reaching the Tanala. We have asked a Malagasy friend living in Tana to consider leading this team with us. He is proficient at both Malagasy – including a related dialect – and English, and last but not least, he has a good biblical foundation.” Please keep praying for Jurgen and Menja’s translation work, and please pray for opportunities to use the materials once they have been completed so that more Tanala may be able to hear and read God’s word in their own language.

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