Wambra people toil long hours, hoping their meagre crops will sustain their families. Isolated by the mountains of their homeland, few adults can read or write in any language. Children struggle to succeed in a school system that operates exclusively in the national language, which is a language most Wambra do not clearly understand. Discouraged, many drop out. Illiteracy hinders participation in neighbouring markets, limits access to health care and traps Wambra families in a cycle of poverty.
Most Wambra follow traditional animism, while concurrently adhering to the national majority religion. A few churches, planted near Wambra villages, are attracting men and women to the gospel. However, new converts face vocal opposition from their community. Wambra believers need God’s Word in the language of their hearts in order to strengthen their faith and bolster their courage to stand firm in the truth. Church-based literacy programs are likewise imperative, so that the people can learn to read translated Scriptures for themselves.
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