The Bible Society of Myanmar are currently translating the New Testament into the language of the Khongso people, who are one of the Chin tribal groups living in Myanmar.
The Khongso people are one of the smallest groups among the 53 Chin tribal groups living in Myanmar, with only 3,000 people. In 2020, it was estimated that 90% of Khongso people were Christians, the largest concentration of Christians in the whole of Myanmar in terms of percentage. They are linguistically very distinct from other Chin groups, speaking a dialect of Chin, Anu-Khongso, which is registered with Global Recordings (23813).
Bible translation is the goal of the Khongso people, since they have been assisted in literacy, and have an estimated literacy rate of 50%. The people have been praying for a Bible translation in their language, and the pastors and church leaders requested that a translation be undertaken.
At the end of 2017, the Bible Society of Myanmar started the Khongso Bible translation, and the four Gospels were published in 2019.
These trials revealed that while Anu- Khongso and another tribal language, Asang-Khongso, have many things in common, their dissimilarities were too focused in their social life. The differences were in their basic languages; 30% of writing and speaking are different to each other.
For this reason, Bible Society Myanmar accepted Anu Khongso and Asang Khongso as separate projects.
If the appeal is oversubscribed or the project changes due to unforeseen reasons, we will reallocate remaining funds to similar projects.