Introduction / History
The Nyangbo people of Ghanaalso known as Tutrugbu, live in a beautiful, almost idyllic, mountainous setting. Festivals and ceremonies with bright-colored costumes reflect the rich cultural diversity of their homeland. Yet the Nyangbo people live in constant fear of the spirits, which they believe inhabit virtually everything around them. This fear of the spirits brings a dark cloud of despair over the Nyangbo people, and they look to the spirits of their ancestors to protect them.
There are Christians among the Nyangbo, but most of the people practice traditional religion. Because they do not have God's Word in their heart language, many Nyangbo Christians have difficulty living a distinctly Christian life. This project will bring the light of God's Word to the Nyangbo people through a full translation of the New Testament.
When Nyangbo people become committed to Jesus Christ, the ancestral shrines by their front doors fall into disrepair. They no longer need the protection of their ancestors because they now trust in the living God. By bringing them God's Word in their mother tongue, the many Nyangbo people will be set free from spiritual bondage.
Two large denominations brought Christianity to the Nyangbo about 50 years ago. Since that time, particularly in the last two decades, other Christian groups have come in and planted churches. Unfortunately, it is difficult for Nyangbo believers to grow because church services and teaching are conducted in the trade language, which most of the people do not understand well.
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