Gospel of Mark Meets Opo

Adapted from the Diocese of Egypt

On Easter Sunday, Opo people gathered together from the five Opo Anglican Churches to hear the Gospel of Mark for the first time in their own language. The Opo are a recently reached group in Gambella. Their entire ethnic group numbers approximately 5,000 people. Until many of them recently became Anglican Christians they had no written language.

The Opo desperately want the Bible in their own language. There is a team of three working on this project: the Rev. David Onuk is the only priest of the Opo, and recently attended a one-month course on Bible translation in Addis Ababa. The Rev. Isaac Pur Wal is a Nuer priest who helped with understanding the base text as they were translating from Nuer and inputting the translation into the computer. James Bol is an Opo who works for the Gambella government doing translation of documents into Opo.

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