This is the first time that the Matengo people of the southern highlands of Tanzania can read the gospel of Mark in their own language.
Around 308,000 speakers make up the Matengo community. They make their living in the mountains of Tanzania by farming and raising livestock. Coffee, maize, and beans are abundant here—but they do not yet have access to the complete Bible in a language that they can understand best.
However, with the recent launch of the book of Mark, their history is changing! In the 2 years that the team has been working on it, around 26% of the New Testament (which is about 6% of the whole Bible) has been translated into Matengo. It is our hope that they will soon have the complete Bible in their heart language!
As the gospel of Mark was being distributed, people were clamoring to get a hold of a copy, reaching their hands out in anticipation. They were saying, “We are very surprised because when we read this, it speaks to our hearts and we can understand what God is saying.” Now every man, woman, and child in the Matengo community can know that God loves them and speaks their language!
Please get involved to help the Matengo people to read the complete Bible in the language God gave them.
Veronique Krüger and George Chombo