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Bible Translators Help Preserve New Guinea Language

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Mission News Network — Bible translation efforts have succeeded in the preservation of another language.

The Biem people in Papua New Guinea have a complete spoken language, but they have no word for “read.” The Biem have always been an oral society and have no written form of their language.

Consequently, for quite some time the elders of the island have been concerned about losing their language, reports New Tribes Mission. According to the Joshua Project, there are only 3,100 Biem speakers.

Thus, since 2009, Wayne and Gail Chen have worked along with others of their team to learn Biem culture and language, as well as to build relationships with the Biem people. They have become proficient Biem speakers and have been working with two other families to create a written Biem.

After years of hard work, they have finally reached success.

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