Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Malila Moving Forward

We have some great news from Mbeya! On Friday 27th August the book of Mark and Paul’s letters to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon (which have just recently been finished being translated into Malila) were dedicated! Just like last year in the Vwanji area (we wrote about that here), there was a big celebration to mark this important occasion. It took place in Ilembo, a central village in the Malila area, on the market day so lots of Malila speakers would be around to hear the good news.

Colleagues from the Mbeya project have reported that lots of books and tapes were sold. So now many people have in their hands the first books of the Bible in their mother tongue, or ‘heart language’. Many others also bought books that will enable them to learn to read and write in their mother tongue or to develop this ability so that they can begin to benefit from reading God’s word in the language they already understand the best.

Malila is a small language area with relatively low levels of education and high levels of poverty, but the Malila people are passionate about their language so it is really exciting that this translation project is moving forward. This day marks an exciting stage in the project and this progress is likely to make a huge difference to the community.

Msafiri (one of our literacy colleagues who is himself a Malila speaker, reader and writer) helping the Scriptures be read aloud in Malila!

We will try our best to keep you up-to-date with other news from Mbeya as and when we hear it.

UPDATE: to read more about the day, from a firsthand source (one of our colleagues who was there), just click here.