Zambesi Mission
 

 2015 News Stories
August 2015
Word for Word

"At the present time your plenty will supply what they need. "
(2 Corinthians 8:14a).

The word of God is so important to us. The Bible tells us that God's "word is a lamp to my feet, and a light for my path", (Psalm 119:105). God's word not only gives us direction in life; it is also "living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit " (Hebrews 4:12).

Most of us own a number of Bibles. Small pocket sized ones, larger study Bibles, ancient family Bibles, Bibles in the original Greek text and Bibles to be read as literature or in one year.  Some people even have many different translations on their phone or "tablet"!   Bibles in this country are easily affordable and readily available to most of us. Perhaps we take our ease of access to scripture for granted?   But this isn't the case everywhere in the world.

In Malawi and northern Mozambique the dearth of Bibles in their national language Chichewa continues to be a major concern to zambesi mission (zm).   Our Malawian Field Director Simon Chikwana discovered that, out of 35 new believers at Namulu Zambezi Evangelical Church, not one had their own Bible.    

He said,

"when I saw this I had so many questions. How will these young men and women get rooted in the word if they do not read the Bible?   How will they defend themselves against false teaching if they do not read the Bible? What contributions could they make to the growth of the church?"   

Namulu is not an isolated case: Ruth MacBean, zm's Church Development Partner has been involved in Sunday school teacher training with the Malawian organisation Children for Christ Ministries (CFCM).   She found that some Sunday School teachers didn't even have access to a Bible!   So what will they teach the children? The problem is worst amongst rural congregations.   

There are two problems - poverty and accessibility.   About 70% of Malawians survive on less than $1.25 per day, the internationally accepted measure of poverty.   This doesn't mean that they each have $1.25 to spend each day.   The average "income" is much lower, and is often not in cash since most families rely on subsistence farming to survive.   A new Bible costs about £6.50, an amount that is prohibitively expensive for the majority of Malawians.   In rural areas Christians are unable to buy Bibles from the markets or shops.   They need to travel into the major towns or cities to buy a Bible: a journey that often demands a high price; either using a taxi or travelling by bike or on foot.

zm has been working with Church partners in Malawi and northern Mozambique for many years to help Christians, particularly in rural areas, to buy their own Bible in their own language - Chichewa or Tumbuka.  Last year zm distributed over 1,150 subsidised Bibles.   This year, by God's grace, we greatly wish to increase this number to over 2,000, hence the development of the "Word for Word" initiative.

Will you consider participating in "Word for Word"?    Simply count the number of Bibles you have in your house.   Then make a corresponding donation to zm , so we can provide the same number of Bibles to Christians in our partner churches in Malawi and northern Mozambique.    A Bible costs us £6.50 in Malawi.    We ask recipients to pay about £1.50 of the cost, so a donation of £5 is needed for each Bible. If you have 5 Bibles, for example, you would consider giving £25.   

You can download the leaflet by clicking on the image, or give online and send an email to office@zambesimission.org with your instructions.

Your gift will help us achieve our target of providing over 2,000 Bibles to believers in Malawi and Mozambique this year- so that the growing church there can be "rooted and established" in the scriptures.

 
 
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Zambesi Mission is a registered charity in England & Wales (1165004) and in Scotland ( SCO46748)