Teso Bible Translation

Statistics indicate that the Iteso population was 338,833 according to 2009 National Population Census. The Iteso are Plain Nilotic community found in Western Kenya in Busia county and Bungoma County.

The Ateso language has the following mutually intelligible related language groups: Turkana, Karamojong’, Toposa, Diding’a, Nyangatom. The Iteso people are mostly peasant farmers who grow groundnuts, cassava, maize millet, sorghum as staple foods and cotton and tobacco as cash crop.

The majority of Iteso people (over 70%) are Christians who follow diverse Christian denominations. The dominant Churches are Anglican, Roman Catholic and Pentecostals.

This project was started in 2011 with three translators from different denominations in the region. The first five years were mostly spent drafting the entire Bible. The main focus now is the translation consultant work on the Deutrocanonical books. Additionally key terms will be confirmed,checking the word list and finalizing the reading through of all books. We project will be finalized in 2023.

We thank God for the completion and launch of the Teso New Testament which was launched in March 2021.


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