Introduction / History
The Brazzaville area where the Doonde people live is mostly rainforests and grassy savannahs fed by tributaries from the Congo River. Families rely on subsistence farming of bananas, corn, sweet potatoes and beans and cash crops coffee, cacao and palm oil. The women carry the lineage and establish family descendants while traditional religion focuses on ancestor and spirit worship.
The Doondo way of life relies on oral stories passed down for generations to watch over their history, guard proven ways of life and define seasonal changes. The team is now working on Biblical stories that will become part of the oral heritage for the next generation. Receptivity to these Bible stories has evolved into a quest for truth and freedom.
The Old Testament nuggets of truth will challenge long-held beliefs and transform lives according to Doondo speakers. By focusing on passages from the Old Testament, the project hopes to show people the difference between syncretism and Christian faith. Pastors want to see their parishioners truly understand the Word of God and be changed by it. Local churches recognize they are part of the solution. Many pastors took the first big step and agreed to provide staff members and parishioners to this project. The challenge is to translate God's Word and distribute it in a variety of formats - print, audio and oral Bible stories.
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