Rudy works with a SIL team producing Tok Pisin translations of English documents – anything from education material to manuals for commercial use.
Recently Rudy wrote, “For years, I’d say that Tok Pisin is my mother tongue, the language I grew up speaking. When asked if I know the languages that my parents speak, my answer would always be, “No, I don’t know the language”.
(Truth, I understand most of my father’s language although I can’t speak it and some of my mother’s language). This morning I decided to read from three different languages in my devotion time, English, Tok Pisin and Suena (dad’s language).
Instead of starting with English and Tok Pisin, I decided to read Suena, the language I claim to not know well. I had tears in my eyes after reading it, it meant more, I understand everything stated in that verse, English and Tok Pisin dulled in comparison to that verse read in Suena.”
Suena 9′Ago wenua, are Anutu meni numa puro witiro ema Tua bamubake potinua awa. Potiro zazo bowire nuso meni erama dapikaragora zazo bowire dainaise senua awa. 10Tani ego ine ama kei awaise sero ago wenua awa. Utura nowera, o zebura nowera, o zebu tura nowera, nukare dapikarago ami Yesu bowi inoise bawa diro kokoinarise. 11Agoro erama dapikarago meni “Yesu Kristo nu imata Tua noya,” ago sarise. Ago sara Anutu Mamera zazo bowire ike damu itaise.’ Filipai 2 v 9-11
Tok Pisin 9′Long dispela as tasol God i litimapim Jisas na mekim em i stap antap tru. Na God i givim em wanpela nem i gutpela tru na i winim olgeta arapela nem. 10Em i givim dispela nem long Jisas, bai olgeta ensel na olgeta man na ol arapela samting i stap long heven na long graun na aninit long graun ol i ken brukim skru long ai bilong Jisas na i stap aninit long em. 11Na olgeta bilong ol i ken taokaut olsem, “Jisas Krais em i Bikpela.” Na long dispela pasin ol bai i givim biknem long God Papa.’ Filipai 2 v 9-11
English 9′Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.’ Philippians 2 v 9-11
Please pray …
for Rudy as she continues to grow in her faith and share with others
- that having Scripture in tok ples (vernacular language) would lead many people to a deeper understanding of God’s word