Zambia

3 Bible Translation Projects

Zambia is a land-locked country in southern Africa. It gained its independence from Britain in 1964.

It is known for its copper production and the Victoria Falls.The majority of its population are subsistence farmers, but 44% of the population live in cities where there is rapid economic growth.

Nel of TWFTW started work among the Taabua people in the mid 1990's. The Ila and Soli projects were started in 1999.  More recently, Kapasa has been coordinating the work in Zambia with the assistance of National Director Reuben Kabwe, who lives in Tanzania.

1. Ila (72,000) 
The translators are Rev Chikanta, Rev Kazovu and Raymond. The New Testament has nearly been completed in first draft. An Old Testament project is planned.

2. Soli (55,000)  
The translators are Letsdon, Njeleni, Austin and Mr Chifuka. (from left to right in photo). The Gospel of Mark has been published and the New Testament has nearly been completely drafted.

3. Taabwa  (380,000)
The majority of the Taabwa population lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) which has been riddled with civil war.  However 132,000 Taabwa live in Zambia.

The New Testament was published in 2007 and 10,000 copies printed. The translators are Mutumania, Nzika and the exegete, Kapasa. The Old Testament project, although fully drafted, has been on hold for sometime.

The Taabwa NT was received with joy and 10,000 copies have been distributed in Zambia and the DRC.

 

 

 

 

Office staff in Zambia

Kapasa is the coordinator for projects. Pictured above handing out Taabwa NTs. Gabriel (Director of Training) and Norah (Book Keeper) assist in the projects in Zambia.