Bible translated in ChiLambya launched in Chitipa: ‘Ulufingo Ulupya’

The much-awaited Bible (New Testament) in chiLambya called Ulufingo Ulupya has been launched in Chitipa.

ChiLambya Launch-Chitipa
ChiLambya Launch-Chitipa
Ulufingo Ulupya Launch
Ulufingo Ulupya Launch
Bible in Lambya - Ulufingo Ulupya
Bible in Lambya – Ulufingo Ulupya

Senior Chief Mwaulambya said he was very happy that the Bible was translated into chiLambya language which he believed is an important tool for helping transform people’s lives from vices that his community struggles with.

“The Holy Spirit has been poured into the community.” he declared.

Mwaulambya therefore appealed to the people to buy, use and obey the Bible as written in chiLambya.

According to the Bible Society of Malawi, translation work into chiLambya started in 2004 but work on the Old Testament continues and is expected to be launched in 2018.

The translation into chiLambya was in response to appeals by several Christians in Chitipa who wanted the Scriptures in chiLambya.

ChiLambya is one of the 13 languages spoken in Chitipa but understood also by the Ndali, Banyika, BaMambwe, BaNamwanga, BaBandya tribes spread out in northern-most Malawi, Southern Tanzania and Western Zambia.

Speaking during the launch, Clapperton Mayuni, Executive Director of the Bible Society of Malawi said the Society was thankful to God that finally the project had come to fruition and to be used for evangelism and discipleship.

“This time each person has an opportunity to hear God’s Word in their own language. God is speaking chiLambya today,” he said,

Sponsored by The Word for the World International and the Bible Society of Malawi, the chiLambya Testament is sold at a subsided price of K2,600.00 but was going at K1,000.00 only during the launch.

A local motor-maintenance company Kwikfit was appreciated for its financial contribution to the Bible Society translation projects including chiLambya.

The translation team was drawn from various churches including CCAP and the Roman Catholic Church.

Translation Consultant at United Bible Societies Gerrit van Steenbergen declared that the Ulufingo Ulupya of the Bible is a faithful translation of the original Scriptures in Greek.

Among others, the launch was marked with a march, singing, Bible recitals in ChiLambya and feasting.

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