The Oroko Bible Translation Project

From Big Bekondo - Project run and supervised by WorldTeam Missionaries - Dan & Lisa Friesen

Translating God’s Word Into Oroko

Happy Hearts! Typesetting Completed!

World Team among the Oroko

World Team Cameroon began ministry among the Oroko in 1998. After initial surveys, Dan and Lisa Friesen and Mike and Becky Scott settled their families into the village of Big Bekondo. From 1998 to 2001, the groundwork was laid for Bible translation into Oroko. Scotts and Friesens concentrated on learning the language and culture, linguistic analysis, and building relationships with church and village leaders. 

In 1999 World Team helped organize the Oroko Language Development Committee (OLDC) and worked with them to establish the first Oroko alphabet in 2004. Since then, OLDC has published the Oroko Reading and Writing Manual and is testing the first draft of an Oroko Primer. A collection of short stories and a multi-dialect dictionary are also in process.

Also in 2004, a translation board (OTAB-Oroko Translation Advisory Board) was formed and potential Bible translators were screened. In 2005, 13 people began training to be part of the translation team.

Now, Bible translation and literacy work are in full swing and trial versions of the first Scripture portions are being made available for churches to use. In addition, World Team has been encouraging Chronological Bible Storying and local songwriting so more people will hear God’s word.

Oroko Youtube Channels

A= Audio, V= Video
DateV/ATitleLinkComments
11/4/2015AEaster Part 1https://youtu.be/3opiS8eaNDY
11/4/2015AEaster Part 2https://youtu.be/iSpxFUr23EQ
11/4/2015AJonahhttps://youtu.be/AsS_yJXerhY
11/4/2015V of still PhotosGood Samaritanhttps://youtu.be/OPPj26jJcJY
11/10/2015VFrom the Mouth of Translatorshttps://youtu.be/DjV3P5T9CYk2:40 translator blurbs, original link on Friesen web page titled "Listen to the Translators"
11/10/2015VTranslator Interviewshttps://youtu.be/Y08FOw8taKs 6:05 clip from Bobby Murphy
11/19/2015ACreation Storyhttps://youtu.be/_t65YPvvAHI
AChristmas StoryComing Soon
AJamesComing Soon
VFrom Mouth Of Translators 2https://youtu.be/_mTyAGnsrrA

Other Resources

DateKind Of ResourceTitleLinkComments
7/2017phone app
Genesis 37, 39-50
http://friesen.missionsites.com/MediaView.asp?id=92
Text is highlighted as audio plays.
7/2017phone app
Jameshttp://friesen.missionsites.com/MediaView.asp?id=93Text is highlighted as audio plays.
7/2017VideoJesus Filmhttps://www.jesusfilm.org/watch/jesus.html/oroko.html