01 July 2020
The Society has been working together with Free Grace Evangelistic Association (FGEA) for some years to produce a new edition of the Chichewa New Testament with primary reference to the Authorised (King James) Version. It is good to report that after further extensive proofreading and checking, the Chichewa New Testament is currently being printed in Malawi and it is hoped that 5,000 copies will be published later in the summer if the Lord will. Sadly, because of the prevailing coronavirus pandemic, we had to cancel the Launch Thanksgiving service which was due to have taken place in the capital, Lilongwe.
We are thankful that the Chichewa translation team continue to make good progress in the Old Testament: so far Psalms and Proverbs have been completed and the five books of the Pentateuch plus Joshua and Judges have been prepared in draft form. At the time of writing, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy are being reviewed in detail; Genesis and Exodus having already been reviewed.
The current situation with the coronavirus pandemic is being viewed by the Chichewa team as an opportunity to spend more time on the project. We hope that this interim project based on the Authorised Version will eventually lead to a new translation of the Chichewa Bible directly from the Hebrew Masoretic and Greek Received Texts.
‘Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him’ (2 Corinthians 5.9).