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Lobitos Alves

One morning in July, Mission Aviation Fellowship flew a team from KuLIT and Wycliffe Timor-Leste to deliver the Bible book of Ruth in the Mambae translation to the Christian community in Same, Manufahi municipality. 

“Today we are going to deliver the translated Bible book of Ruth to the Christian community in Same.", says Carlos Marcal, a pastor of the Evangelic Church Presbyterian Timor-Leste.

Out of the twenty-five dialects in Timor-Leste, Mambae is the second most spoken dialect, spoken by 12.5 % of the people. It is spoken in five municipalities; Aileu, Ainaro, Ermera, Likisa, and Manufahi.

Pastor Carlos Marcal
We are very proud because this is the first part of the Bible in Mambae version, and we believe that God will speak to the people in Mambae dialect.
Carlos Marcal, a pastor of the Evangelic Church Presbyterian Timor-Leste

Delivery despite challenging weather

Naomi, a pastor from the Evangelic Church Presbyterian Immanuel in Same, says, “We are thankful to God for giving his wisdom to the team that translated the book of Ruth in Mambae. We are also grateful to MAF for flying our pastors from Dili to Same. Even though the weather was challenging the MAF pilot carried our pastors successfully to Same to do the activity.”

Pastor Naomi

Pilot Nick Hitchins who flew the plane shares about the day. "On our way to Same it was pretty quiet because we flew over the mountains and experienced quite some turbulence when we flew across Maubisse. We stayed in Same for almost half an hour and they distributed the Bible book to the community while I was doing the airstrip measurement until we returned to Dili."

More translations to come

Pastor Carlos explains, “We have flown with MAF aircraft many times, and last year we flew with MAF to deliver the Bible book of Mark in Tetun version to the people in Maliana. We just recently finished translating the Book of Ruth into the Mambae version, and we hope that we will be able to translate the book of Mark soon, so that people can read the gospel in their mother tongue.”

A Christian man holding a translated Bible book of Ruth in Mambae

Pastor Carlos concludes, “We are grateful to MAF for carrying out their mission in Timor-Leste to evacuate sick people from rural areas to the national hospital in Dili, and also carry missionaries like us to deliver the gospel. We pray God’s blessings on MAF’s ministry in Timor-Leste."

Author: Lobitos de Jesus Alves