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BSM Holds Annual General Meeting

[layerslider id=”2″] The Bible Society of Malawi held its Annual General Meeting on 27 May 2016. Forty-one members of Bible Society attended the meeting which took place at Monarchy Square in Blantyre. The AGM received the Audited Accounts from the Auditors (Graham Carr), the Chairman’s Report and the Executive Director’s Annual Report. Presenting his report, the Chairman, Mr. Dasford Kamkwamba said that the year 2015 was a very difficult year for Malawi because of devastating floods which brought food shortages and the Malawi Kwacha lost value. This made prices of imported products to go up and the Bible Society was affected by these price increases resulting in rising operating costs. The Chairman also reported to the members the support from received the British and Foreign…

Buku Lopatulika has been revised

Buku Lopatulika ndilo Mau a Mulungu is the first Bible to be translated among all Malawian languages. The translation work of this Bible took over 20 years, from about 1900 to 1922. The translation work was done at a place called Kaso, Mvera in Dowa District. This work was done by missionaries from Dutch Reformed Church Mission and Church of Scotland Mission, with the help of some Malawians. Small revisions were done in 1936 and in 1966 to include cross references and section headings. Since then, no major revision was carried out. Some of the Chichewa words and terms used when the translation was first done, are very old and difficult to be understood by most Chichewa readers and speakers today. For this reason, it…

Ciyawo and Chichewa Audio Bibles Launched

On 20th February, 2016, the Bible Society in conjunction with Davar Partnership International, launched the Yawo Audio Bible in Mangochi. 40 Church leaders and missionaries working in Mangochi attended the launch which was graced by the Presidential Advisor to the president on Religious Affairs, Apostle Timothy Khoviwa. Mr Johan Louw who represented Davar Partnership International from South Africa, outlined the process taken to arrive at the recording of Yawo Bible.   Davar Partnership has trained two Malawians who will undertake the implementation of the use of the audio Bible in Malawi. On 21st February, the launch for Chichewa – Buku Lopatulika Audio Bible took place at Fishers, Trainers and Senders (FTS) facility in Lilongwe.  Thirty- five church and parachurch organization leaders were attended the event, and the Board Chairman of Evangelical Association…

Bike for Bibles

Bike for Bibles (B4B) is an annual event that brings cycling enthusiasts of all ages and walks of life together for a time of fellowship on the road – with one purpose in mind – to help raise funds for Bible distribution and translation projects of the Canadian Bible Society. Beginnings In 1984, Australian businessman Bob Forrest was invited by his son and his friend to drive a support car for them as they rode from Sydney to Melbourne. It occurred to Bob that something like this could be used as a fundraising project. He phoned the Bible Society office and found out about a project involving literacy development in India which needed $2,000. Bob, who hadn’t ridden a bicycle in 35 years, decided he…

Bibles and friendship for refugees in Austria

As public debate rages about how to deal with the thousands of refugees trying to enter Europe each year, many of them drowning in the attempt, the Austrian Bible Society and its partners have been working for years to help care for those who end up in Austria. “The situation of these people saddens me deeply,” says Father Albert Pongo, who regularly visits refugees in detention centres and prisons. He is originally from Ghana and gives the refugees Bibles in their own languages, supplied by the Bible Society. Father Albert Pongo. “I know from personal experience how hard it is to leave your own country, how much energy and effort it takes. Those who do manage to arrive often have to go back to their…

Solomon Islands welcomes first Bible Comics in local languages

May 14, 2014 / Author: Communications 10-year-old Timmy enjoys reading a Bible Comic in his language, Arosi. Solomon Islands is a country of great linguistic diversity but with little or no literature available in many of its 70 living languages. That’s why adults and children alike are delighted at the arrival of the first Bible Comics in 14 languages.The comics, which tell the story of Abraham, are available in the lingua franca, Pijin, spoken by around 332,000 Solomon Islanders, as well as in Arosi, Bilua, Bughotu, Cheke Holo, Gela, Gao, Kwaio, Lengo, Roviana, Sa’a, Simbo,  Ulawa and Zabana. “It has been wonderful to see children of different languages enjoying the comics,” notes Ledua Turaganivalu of the Bible Society in the South Pacific. “They told our…

Bible program tackles domestic violence in the Caribbean

March 4, 2015 / Author: Andrea Rhodes   Marking International Women’s Day, March 8 Say the word ‘Caribbean’ and many people think of wide sandy beaches, palm trees and holidays – a kind of paradise. But for a growing number of women there, life is anything but paradise, blighted by the violence they experience at home. That’s why Bible Societies in the region are using the Bible to tackle this increasing scourge, with encouraging results. *Mary had been trapped in a violent relationship for many years, with her partner’s attacks landing her in hospital several times. She was desperate for help but had no idea what to do. When the Bible Society began equipping churches to assist victims of domestic violence, Mary finally received the…

Prayer for Nepal

April 27, 2015 / Author: Andrea Rhodes   Please join us in praying for the people of Nepal at this time of national tragedy. Nepal’s Prime Minister says that the death toll from the earthquake on 25 April could be as high as 10,000. Our Bible Society there, which works closely with local churches across the country, is planning to assist the relief effort and provide replacement Bibles and New Testaments for Christians who have lost everything. They are also hoping to distribute Scripture leaflets containing Bible verses that can help people affected by trauma. Pray through the following prayer with us: