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Mbeya-Iringa Cluster

Mbeya mapImagine about 3 million people without adequate access to the most important message for all mankind. That is the situation in southern Tanzania but now all that is changing!

In the middle of 2003, church communities in the region approached Wycliffe missionaries and said, "We need Bibles and we need them to be translated into the heart languages of our people!" A project was born in the fall of 2003 to serve ten language communities simultaneously by training mother-tongue translators and literacy workers.

Since then, only God can be attributed with the accomplishments that have happened to date because they have been no less than miraculous.

Take a look at what is happening in this exciting work:

Find out more about our language projects in the Mbeya-Iringa Cluster Project:


For more information visit the following pages:

Dec 15, 2020

I see the Light of God is here!

Written by Steve Pence

"I've been a Christian a long time," said one Sangu translator. "But working on this translation, it's like being in a Bible school. It has shown me anew what life with Jesus is about." At the big celebration of the completed Sangu New Testament another translator said, "I see the people receiving God's Word... receiving God himself."

Nov 23, 2020

We welcome God's Word with two hands!

Written by Steve Pence

The small church roared with celebration as the first Ndali language New Testaments were opened. Songs and speeches in Ndali thrilled the crowd. "We welcome the Scriptures with two hands," said a translator as he gestured a giant handshake. "It means a good welcome. This day will be remembered..."

Oct 23, 2020

Malila New Testament completed

Written by SIL Tanzania Communications

Ilembo Town, Tanzania -- The Malila culture and language thrive today in this community of 70,000 speakers. That vitality adds great hope and joy to the celebration, as the Malila welcome the New Testament in their own language... 

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Oct 19, 2020

Kinga celebrate their completed New Testament

Written by Steve Pence

"Now God's Word has a direct path to the hearts" of the Kinga language community of western Tanzania. The community of numerous Christian doctrines celebrated together publically, near a main local bus stand...

Mar 18, 2020

The best weapon of all is God's Word

Written by Steve Pence

Tanzania's Vwanji people welcome their New Testament! Before he was a Bishop, leading the celebration of this day, Nguvila worked for years as one of the translators. Today, he is surrounded by his former colleagues, fellow church and community leaders, hundreds of Vwanji people, and the Scriptures for which they have gathered to praise God...

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