Day #5: Pray for the Writing System and for Literacy

Working through the kinks of a writing system can be a very emotionally charged process (in some countries it has caused riots). Therefore, please pray that the process of proposing, testing, and implementing the writing system would be peaceful. Pray that the Bakoum writing system would be standardized and used.

Pray also for literacy. If we attain an excellent writing system, but this writing system is not taught, then it is nothing more than a trophy without any function. Pray that we would have a thriving literacy program – that we would have writers’ workshops, that we would train teachers with excellence, that the teachers would be faithful and competent, and that reading and writing would be popular among the Bakoum.
We have heard that in many minority languages, once a writing system is developed, it is only used by 10% of the population (if that). Please pray that this would not be the case with the Bakoum, but that the writing system would be used and that many would be able to then transition into also reading and writing in French.
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Author: Stacey Hare

Stacey is a servant of Jesus Christ as well as a wife, mom, linguist, and Bible translator. Right now she is working creating literacy materials so the Kwakum people can learn to read and write in their language. She is also working on translating Old Testament stories into Kwakum with her husband and local Kwakum colleagues.

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