25 Oct 2017

Tokelauan community changing the language of God from Samoan

From , 4:00 pm on 25 October 2017

For most Tokelauans, the language of church, the Bible and God is Samoan.

Tokelau was evangelised by missionaries from Samoa over 150 years ago.

It wasn't until the 1990s that members of Tokelau's expatriate community approached New Zealand's Bible Society about producing the Bible in their own language.

The society's translation director Stephen Pattemore told Dominic Godfrey they've been providing training and technical support since the project officially started in 1996.

Girl holding bible

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