Imagine engaging with a Bible that you struggle to read because you do not understand the language?
This is the story of the Mwimbi Muthambi community that lives in the Eastern part of Kenya, Tharaka Nithi County, and is part of the larger Meru community that lives near Mt. Kenya. This community has never had the Bible in their own language. They have been reading the Kimeru Bible which they find difficult to understand.
The Bible Society of Kenya began translating the Mwimbi Muthambi Bible in the year 2020 and the community is excited about this noble task as it will help in the spiritual growth of Christians in the areas as well as in evangelism.
The Society successfully dedicated and launched the book of Luke in Mwimbi Muthambi language on July 1st, 2021 to enable this community to read and understand Scriptures with ease.
The ceremony was attended by Church leaders and community members in the area who turned up to witness this great milestone. This translation project has three translators working from Chogoria in Meru County.
The Speaker of the day was Dr.Kirimi Barine, Publishing Development Coordinator Global Bible Publishing who referred to the parable of the sower in Luke 8:11-16. He highlighted that the seed is the Word of God. He urged the gathering to plant seeds wherever they go so that they may grow, sprout and transform people’s lives.
The General Secretary Mrs. Elizabeth Muriuki noted that that BSK endeavors to bring the Word of God in languages that people can understand best. Having the book of Luke in Mwimbi Muthambi language will help the community to understand the Bible better as it will be an instrument that will bring peace and positive transformation in the lives of the Mwimbi Muthambi community and the society at large as we share the unity we enjoy in the body of Christ.
Mrs. Muriuki thanked the team that has been involved in the translation of this book of Luke and urged them to continue working hard towards ensuring the translation of the entire Bible into the Mwimbi-Muthambi language progresses to completion.
We thank God for a successful event and pray that God would continue to bless the Mwimbi Muthambi translation project and other programmes that BSK is undertaking to spread the Word of God to all.