A march of celebration through Chiringa, south east Malawi.
A march of celebration through Chiringa, south east Malawi.
The new Ellmowe Bible ready to be given out
The new Ellmowe Bible ready to be given out
The official dedication ceremony was full of life and joy
The official dedication ceremony was full of life and joy
Prayers of thankfulness to God for the provision of a full Bible
Prayers of thankfulness to God for the provision of a full Bible

A Cause for Celebration

On 10th August, hundreds of people danced and sang their way through Chiringa, a small market town in south east Malawi, to celebrate the launch of the first full Bible in the Ellomwe language.

They came from all over the district of Phalombe, many of them walking or cycling, to the celebration event at Nazombe Catholic Primary School which is around 100km from Blantyre.

Singing with joy, they marched through the town before the event wearing Bible Society t-shirts and cloth skirts and carrying a large replica of the new Bible above their heads, to symbolise the arrival of the long-awaited translation of the full Bible.

The new Bible in the Ellomwe language was then officially dedicated in a ceremony full of energy and colour, with traditional dances, singing, Scripture readings, sermons and drama, all in the Ellomwe language.

Reflections on a long-awaited translation

Clapperton Mayuni, General Secretary of the Bible Society of Malawi, said:

“What a joy it was to share this moment with the Ellomwe people getting the Bible in their own language! Young people were able to recite Scriptures [from memory] in a very perfect way from the Ellomwe New Testament that they’ve had [for five years].”

Senior Chief Nazombe received a copy of the new Bible on behalf of the Ellomwe community, ululating in joy as she held it up high for everyone to see.

“I am grateful to God that I can witness this in my lifetime,” she smiled.

The Ellomwe New Testament was published back in 2014. Ellomwe is the seventh language in Malawi to receive a full Bible. Previously, the Bible Society of Malawi has provided full Bible translations in Chichewa, Tumbuka, Yao, Sena, Ngonde and Tonga.


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