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  • Friends of Plautdietsch Scriptures

    Retrieval numbers: Volume 5495

    Title: Friends of Plautdietsch Scriptures fonds
    Dates: 1996-2004
    Extent: 7 cm of textual records
    Repository: Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives

    Historical note

    Friends of Plautdietsch Scriptures were a group individuals and organizations that shared the common goal or purpose to strengthen and maintain the fidelity of Mennonite communities where Plautdietsch (Low German) was used as the primary communication medium, through the publication of the Christian scriptures in Plautdietsch.
    In 1996 the key persons included George Rempel, Chauhtemoc, Marilyn Hudson, manager of Kindred Productions (Winnipeg), Hart Wiens, Canadian Bible Society (St. Catharines), Jake Funk, Mennonite Brethren Communications (Winnipeg), Reuben Epp, Kelowna, Len Sawatzky, Evangelical Mennonite Mission Conference Missions (Winnipeg), Tony Enns, Mennonite Central Committee Canada (Winnipeg), Harold Fehderau, Canadian Bible Society (Kitchener), Jake Heinrichs, Winnipeg, Viola Reimer Stewart, Dallas, Ed Zacharias, EMMC worker (Cuauhtemoc, Mexico), Vernon Wiebe, Hillsboro, Rosabel Fast (Winnipeg), Wilma Derksen, Mennonite Brethren Resources Ministry Board member (Winnipeg), Vincent Rempel, Swift Current, and Lena Dueck, Wycliffe Bible Translator (Calgary). Vernon R. Wiebe of Hillsboro, who had formed a business to publish materials in Low German because of his concern for the Old Colony Mennonites in Mexico, played an initial coordinating role in 1996. After his death due to cancer in January 1997, the group continued with the strong interest and leadership of individuals from the Canadian Bible Society and MCC Canada's Kanadier Concerns Program.
    The strategy of the group included producing a complete translation of the Bible into the variant Plautdietsch used by Mennonites in Mexico, Bolivia and Paraguay. In 1997, this meant producing a new translation of the Old Testament and a thorough revision of the already published New Testament and Psalms (by J.J. Neufeld).
    Tony Enns who first became involved as part of his role with MCC Canada Kanadier Concerns, continued to serve a coordinating role between the various individuals and organizations, including the facilitation of several signed agreements. One agreement entered in 1998, was between the Evangelical Mennonite Mission Conference and the United Bible Society and the Friends of the Plautdietsch related to the secondment of Ed and Susan Zacharias as translators for the project. Another signed agreement was entered in 2003 between the United Bible Society, Canadian Bible Society, Kindred Productions and Friends of Plautdietsch regarding the publishing and distribution rights.
    The published Low German Bible (De Plautdietsche Bibel) was launched on November 21-23, 2003 in various locations in Manitoba.

    Scope and content note

    This fonds consist of the materials which Tony Enns acquired as a participant with the Friends of Plautdietsch scriptures. They include e-mail and in-person consultations about the orthography to use in the revision and translation of the scriptures for Low German Mennonites. There are also reports, sample translations, budgets, signed agreements and a few newspaper clippings.

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  • Friends of Plautdietsch Scriptures

    Adjunct descriptive data

    Finding aids

    Inventory file list available

    Related material in this repository

    Low German books and manuscripts collected by Herman Rempel.



    Primarily English with some Plautdietsch.


    Arranged and described by Alf Redekopp, November 16, 2010.

    Restrictions on access

    None to access

    Immediate source of acquisition

    Tony Enns of Winnipeg.

    Other notes

    Acc. No. 2010-083

    Volume 5495
    1. Correspondence, reports and minutes. 1996-1998.
    2. Correspondence, reports and minutes. 1999-2001.
    3. Correspondence, reports and minutes. 2002-2004.
    4. Sample translations of scriptures in Plautdietsch. 1998-1999.
    5. Memo from Marvin Frey to Tony Enns re. Interim Kanadier Concerns director. 1995.
    6. Secondment agreement between Evangelical Mennonite Mission Conference, The United Bible Societies, and Friends of the Plautdietsch relating to Ed and Susan Zacharias. 1998-1999.
    7. Agreement for the Bible in Plautdietsch [signed by United Bible Societies, Canadian Bible Society, Kindred Productions and Friends of Plautdietsch. Aug 14 & Sep 22, 2003.
    8. Newspaper clippings. 2003.