Incredible New Fang Translation Project

After several months of hard work we are thrilled to announce the launching of a new Fang translation partnership between our ministry, The Gospel Coalition, and Crossway publishing. We are partnering together to translate John Piper’s book Spectacular Sins into a free Fang audio book.

When this translation is complete, the Fang people will be given free access to download and share audio files of Piper’s Spectacular Sins in their heart language. This amazing book, originally published in 2008, is about discerning God’s design to use our sins for his glory. The absolute sovereignty of God over evil and suffering is virtually unknown to the majority of Fang churches, making many reticent to completely abandon their traditional religion of witchcraft.

Fang is spoken by over a million people in the Central African countries of Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Cameroon and the Republic of the Congo. The growing Christian culture among the Fang is yearning for theological instruction. Very few theological resources are available in any language in Central Africa. While many in the Fang culture are literate in Spanish or French, Fang is their heart language. Fang culture has a great affinity for oral learning and their history and culture has traditionally been preserved through oral tradition.

Via The Gospel Coalition (TGC) we are raising $11,500 to fund this translation project. This will be TGC’s first audio book and their first translation into the Fang language. In addition, it will be the first ever complete Christian book translated into the Fang language. If you’d like to be part of this groundbreaking Fang translation you can make a contribution HERE.

The translators who will be working on the project are Luís Lorenzo Ncogo Mba and Gerónimo Nsue Mba Mbengono. They are two experienced translators who are also currently working on translating the Old Testament from Spanish to Fang.

Please share this exciting news with your friends, family, and church via social media.

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.

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