The Malawi Defence Force gets a shot in the arm

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, the Bible Society of Malawi presented over 3,000.00 CEV Camouflage Bibles to the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) in Lilongwe. The Bibles were received from Operation Africa, an international mission organization committed to the evangelization of military groups and armies in Africa.

Mr Kamkwamba, Board Chairperson presenting the Bibles to Col. Saenda

Mr Kamkwamba, Board Chairperson presenting the Bibles to Lt. Col. Saenda

The presentation ceremony was held at the MDF Headquarters in Lilongwe during a morning devotion parade.

Receiving the Bibles on behalf of MDF,  Lt. Col. Saenda thanked the Bible Society of the timely gift and stressed the importance of the Bible in the lives of soldiers.

“The duties of soldier come from time immemorial,” he said. “The Bible is full of stories about soldiers and it’s a duty that God designated. So, soldiers need guidance and help from above. These Bibles will help us seek the Lord’s presence when we perform our duties.”

Some soldiers receiving the Bibles during the event

Some soldiers receiving the Bibles during the event

MDF Chaplain, Captain Rev Andrew Kamponda, who led the devotion parade expressed the need for more Bibles, even in vernacular because the MDF has many soldiers who are in military barracks as well as in foreign assignments.

The Bible Society of Malawi Board Chairperson, Mr Dasford Kamkwamba, thanked the MDF for being God fearing and putting God first in their duties. He said we was happy to present the Bibles Bible Society and Operation Africa.MDF2


A boy’s request which shaped a man’s mission

Mr Gordon Green came to visit Malawi from Quesnel, Canada, not knowing exactly what to expect or what the Lord wanted him to do. However, he realized what the Lord had directed him to do, when he attended a church service in a semi-urban congregation.

Mr Gordon Green

Mr Gordon Green

The church, filled with joyful congregants, had logs for pews and no Bibles. Later that day, in the home where he was being hosted, a boy asked his mother if she could get him a Bible. Gordon was amazed that a young boy was asking his mother for a Bible and not a mobile phone. He then realized that the Lord had directed him to Malawi to give Bibles to those who needed to own a Bible but could not.

Mr Green started going to different areas to distribute free Bibles. He went to villages, shopping malls, offices and open places to share this precious book.

Ms. Masozi Chirwa, a banker who received a Bible said, “I am overjoyed that a stranger walks into our offices and give us with free Bibles. It takes a calling to make such a sacrifice. He could have spent the money on his own needs. This is a good lesson to me as a Christian and an encouragement that we should make Scriptures available to those who cannot afford to buy a Bible. This is an act worth emulating.”

Mr Green giving Bibles to workers at Shopping Mall

Mr Green giving Bibles to workers at Shopping Mall

Mr Julius, who works at the mall when Mr Gordon was distributing Bibles said, “I am grateful for this gift. Many people struggle to buy a Bible because they cannot afford it because of economic problems. This is a precious gift because it changes lives.”

Mr Moses Andiseni from Namiyango township was all smiles when he received the Bible, saying, “I have an old Bible, but today I have received Revised edition of this Bible and it will help me in my study of God’s Word because other resources like the glossary and footnotes have been included in this Bible.”

Ms. Chirwa received Bibles on behalf of the staff at Standard Bank

Ms. Chirwa received Bibles on behalf of the staff at Standard Bank

However, his free Scripture distribution was not without misfortunes. On Friday, 27th January, as he was giving out Bibles with our Distribution Manager, Mr Herbert Chagunda, his wallet, which had all his money and credit cards, was stolen. He had planned to buy more Bibles the following Monday. All the plans seemed to have died.

But God, wanted Mr Green to finish his mission. As he was hanging around the shopping mall, wondering how abrupt his mission had ended, a cleaner came to him with his wallet. She had found it while cleaning the restrooms. All the contents of his wallet were intact, except for few Malawi Kwacha which were taken.

Mr. Green was excited that God had intervened and that he’d complete his mission.

The following Monday, he came to the Bible Shop to buy more Scriptures for distribution.

The Executive Director listening to Mr Green's story

The Executive Director listening to Mr Green’s story

By the end of his mission, Mr Green had bought 1,008 Bibles worth MK5,580,870.00 (about US $7,650.00) which he distributed for free to people of all walks of life in Blantyre.

We thank God for sending this Scripture distribution angel, whose love for God and God’s people in Malawi has been manifested in complimenting the mission of the Bible Society – that people should have Scriptures in their hands.


BS Malawi installs a generator

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Generator being lowered by a crane

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Generator being rolled to it’s position

Malawi is going through massive power cuts due to the low water levels in the Shire River, which is the source of hydro-electric power throughout the country. The increased load-shedding has affected homes as well as business. The Bible House has, on average, three days of regular power. In order to mitigate the power problem, a 33kVA generator has been installed at Bible House. This has made a big difference in the day-to-day activities as work continues without power interruptions.

The installation of the generator was done through the Stepping Stone Project funded by British & Foreign Bible Societies (BFBS).


Lambya New Testament Launched

Ulufingo Ulupya, the Lambya New Testament, was launched on 23 April 2016 in Chitipa with jubilation and dancing from Christians of all walks of life in Chitipa District. The event was held at Chitipa CCAP hall.

Speaking at the launch, the UBS Translation Advisor, Dr Gerrit Van Steenhergen said that Lambya speaking people should celebrate because they now have the word of God in their language.

Lambya NT Launch14“Today is a special day,” he said, “because the Lambya people can hear God speaking in their language. I hope that next time I come to Chitipa, your New Testaments will not be as clean as this, but worn-out as evidence that you have been using them.”

Dr. van Steenbergen also confirmed that the Lambya New Testament is a true representation of the meaning of the original language.

On his part, Bible Society of Malawi Executive Director Mr. Clapperton Mayuni described the launch of the New Testament for the Lambya Bible as a milestone in unifying church leaders and their followers as they will now use it when preaching the Gospel.

Also in attendance was Senior Chief Mwabulambya, who thanked the Bible Society for the translation of the Scriptures into Lambya. He said that he believed that as people read God’s word in their own language, they will change their behavior and live their lives according to God’s will.Lambya NT Launch3Lambya NT Launch11

“The translation is timely and will help the Lambya people an opportunity of hearing God’s word in their own language,” said Senior Chief  Mwaulambya.

The Lambya translation project started in 2002, and is a joint project of Bible Society of Malawi and Word for the World.


Lettice – The Young Scripture Distributor

After writing her final secondary school examinations, Lettice Kazenga, 15, received back her book-fund deposit because she had not lost any school text book.

With that money she decided to buy Christian books and Bibles to sell at a reduced price or give for free to those who cannot afford to buy.

Lettice Kasenga1“I’ve always wanted to become a pastor,” she said with a beaming face. “But my church does not ordain women pastors. So I thought there’s another way I can serve God. So I started evangelizing to people – telling them the Good News about our Lord Jesus Christ.”

In her evangelism work, she found out that most people do not have a Bible or any Christian material to read. That is what moved her to use her book-fund money to buy Christian books and Bibles to sell at a subsidized price or give away as she talks to people about Jesus Chirist in their homes, on the road or at any place she has the opportunity to evangelize.

One day, as she was listening to TransWord Radio, she heard an advert about reduced Bible prices. She immediately came to Bible House Shop to buy some Bible, traveling from Thyolo (about 45km).

“When I heard the advert,” she said, “I couldn’t help it but come to buy the Bibles because they are cheaper than where I used to get them. This way I can get a few more to distribute”. She bought four Chichewa Bibles to use in her evangelism work.

Asked what problems she was meeting in her work, Lettice said, “Well, I don’t see them as problems, but maybe challenges. I rejoice in them because

Lettice with BSM sales staff, Joyce & Bessie

Lettice with BSM sales staff, Joyce & Bessie

even Jesus had to meet opposition in his work. People look at my age and not take me seriously. But it’s okay. Some people receive me.”

Always buoyant in her manner, Lettice talks of the joy she has in the work she does. She was excited that with the little money she had, she could get a few Bibles for some people out there who are in need of God’s Word in their life.

Lettice is waiting for her entrance into the university in the coming year.


Aid delivered to Nepal as second quake hits

Author: Grace Smith, 12 May 2015 (Last updated: 14 May 2015)

A second major earthquake recently struck Nepal, killing dozens of people and injuring more than 1,000, though these numbers are likely to rise.

The earthquake, which was 7.3 on the Richter scale, hit the town of Namche Bazaar, near Mount Everest.

It comes just two weeks after a previous earthquake hit the country, killing more than 8,000 people.

With widespread damage to homes and buildings, tremors continue to be felt both in Kathmandu and around the country.

Many temporary shelters have now been cut off and with most communication channels still down, it is hard to evaluate the full scale of destruction.

An early start to the monsoon is hampering relief efforts. The first earthquake destroyed sewers and pipes leaving water supplies contaminated. Whole communities are now homeless and in desperate need of basic supplies.

So far, some £80,000 has been pledged from Bible Societies around the world, including £20,000 from the UK.

The local team has started to put together aid packs that include mosquito nets, medicine, food, blankets and scripture portions.

David Smith, Head of Bible Society’s International Programme, said, ‘When we learned of the first massive earthquake in Nepal a couple of weeks ago, we knew that our Bible Society colleagues in Kathmandu would be looking to help their country, and so that we had to do something to support them.

‘Bible Society is responding to provide physical and spiritual nourishment to the people of Nepal. Now that the second earthquake has hit, we’re waiting to see what we can do to stand in solidarity with them. In the meantime, please pray.’

Nobody in the Bible Society team has been killed in the two earthquakes, but the building is badly damaged and there are fears of a third quake.

General Secretary of the Nepal Bible Society, Tej Jirel, said, ‘Many thanks for your continued efforts to help us and for your prayers. There has been lots of damage.’

Arun Sok Nhep, United Bible Society spokesman for South East Asia added, ‘Following the first earthquake, many International agencies on the ground are bringing emergency relief to Kathmandu and the worst affected locations. However, smaller remote communities remain out of reach.

‘Our response is one of solidarity and compassion. The initial quake hit with such impact, it is impossible to bring help to all affected. However, we aim to supplement and help where we can. Through a big network of churches throughout cities, towns and villages, we aim to reach those unattainable by emergency relief.’

Pray

  • for the safety of the Bible Society team in Nepal
  • that the relief effort would meet the needs of the people
  • that the Bible would play a part in restoring the nation

Please donate to our Nepal appeal