Introduction / History
In the savanna along the Ubangi River, Furu speakers enjoy spacious land where they can spread out to raise chickens, goats and a few cattle. They plant gardens that include cassava and peanuts. Native grasses make an attractive roofing material for their houses, and keep them cool under the blazing African sun.
The Furu language originated farther north. It is of the Nilo-Saharan language family; early Furu settlers likely immigrated here from around Darfur, Sudan.
The Furu people call the creator god "Nzapa." This deity works through intermediary spirits. One inhabits people, requiring offerings to a certain kind of tree (Kwara tree). They believe appeasing another, "Nafe," ensures health, good luck, and good harvests, and that "Zuga" controls the outcome of the hunt. Both living and dead ancestors also wield influence. Furu life is steeped in fear and bound by rituals to assure good outcomes. They need the Savior who will bring them freedom, peace and abundant life. Understandable Scripture is needed to introduce them to Him and a translation project has begun.
A project has begun to create MP3 audio Scripture so believers will have access and be able to share with neighbors and friends. The project team expects pastors to use the translated Scripture for teaching and preaching. They also hope choirs will create songs from the translations, publicizing God's Word and memorizing and broadcasting it through music.
Scripture Prayers for the Furu in Congo, Democratic Republic of.