Mwoakilloa Project

Mwoakilloa (total population about 1,250, of which fewer than 150 on the island itself) is very closely related to Pohnpeian but considered a distinct language, though it is under heavy influence of Pohnpeian. The majority of the Mwoakilloa people are living on Pohnpei, where they have three churches with services in their own language, apart from the Scripture readings, which are in Pohnpeian.

Bible Translation into the Mwoakilloa language

In 2010, contacts were made with the people of the Mwoakilloa language group to determine if there is significant interest in a translation of the Bible into their language. Since Mwoakilloa is closely related to Pohnpeian, it will be possible to make an adaptation from that language if we can obtain a digital copy of the Pohnpeian Bible. This will greatly speed up the initial drafting of the translation and will ensure that the Mwoakilloa translation will not be too different from the translation the people are now using. On March 28, 2011, leaders from the Mwoakilloa community got together and decided to start translation work. Isles of the Sea translators Peter and Robin Knapp are involved with the project as advisors.

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[Ethnologue entry for Mwoakilloa]