Spreading to word: Local man’s effort translates literary works for speakers of obscure language


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Most of the students had never seen the words of the Bible translated in their language.

All of them spoke Lisu, an obscure Asian language. The Lisu people number about 1 million throughout the world, and their culture has very little printed material. Even the Bible has only been translated a few times.

But with the help of Franklin resident V.L. Vawter, the college-age students watched in wonder as verses, chapters and familiar biblical passages appeared on a screen in front of them, all in their native Lisu.

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