When is a language considered dead? Would this be when it is no longer used as a means of communication among a people group? We often think that Italian is the language of Italy. However, there are many old languages still spoken in European countries as well as new ones from various migrant communities. Mocheno is one of these languages, and it is almost dead.
Mocheno is officially recognized in Trentino by provincial and national law. It is being taught in Italian schools, and officials have changed street signs to Mocheno.
There are a few speakers of Mocheno left in the valley of Fersina in the Tretin Alps of Italy near the Swiss border. Linguists think that it is similar to Bavarian or German.
Since they are considered to be "native" Italians, their lives are probably no different than the rest of Italy's population. Mocheno speakers live in northern Italy where the economy is much stronger than it is in the southern part of the country.
Mocheno speakers have their own religious views. Most likely they are familiar with Roman Catholicism.
It is important for people to hear about and read about God's good news in their heart language. Someone needs to bring Mocheno speakers the JESUS Film in their own heart language.
Pray that missionaries, filled with the love and joy of the Holy Spirit, will go to the Mocheno speakers with gospel materials in their language.
Pray that the Father will draw many Mocheno speakers to come together in His Name.
Pray for a movement to Christ among this people.
Scripture Prayers for the Mocheno in Italy.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey
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|Trentino-Alto Adige region: Valle del Fersina. Source: Ethnologue 2016