Introduction / History
The Fas language group is located in the foothills of the Bewani Mountains in the Sandaun Province of the Sepik Area of Papua New Guinea. Its population is estimated to be more than 1,600 spread across 17 villages and numerous hamlets. The area is hot and wet with an annual rainfall of about 100 inches. Villages built on ridges receive cool breezes, and nights can be quite cool. The people do little gardening and depend on hunting and sago, which is the main staple. Houses are built on posts and tend to be quite large. Teenage boys group together into their own houses rather than living with the family unit. Various missions have worked amongst the Fas, including the Catholic, Seventh Day Adventist and Christian Missions in Many Lands/Christian Brotherhood Church. However there are still many fears connected with sorcery, and while traditional religious practices are not done openly, old beliefs are still prevalent. A translation team worked with the Fas people from 1977 to 1987 and began work on translating the NT. A good foundation was laid, but who will finish the work?
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