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CHILDREN IN TANZANIA NEED YOU

Your support today, will ensure that children in Tanzania experience the transformation that comes from reading the word of God. Please help us to make this a reality by donating now.

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Making the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford, so all people may experience its life-changing message.

THE BIBLE SOCIETY OF TANZANIA

“GOD’S WORD OPEN FOR ALL”

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Our Vision 

Our vision is to see that every person in Tanzania has access to Scriptures.

Our Mission

Our mission is to make available and encourage the use of Holy Scriptures to every person in a language each can understand and in an appropriate format at a price they can afford and in partnership with the Church and other stakeholders.

Our Story

The history of Bible work in Tanzania dates back to 1868 when the first translation of parts of the Bible into Swahili was accomplished with a complete New Testament translation completed in 1879. A translation of the whole Bible was completed in 1890. Since that time the Society has undertaken several translations into different dialects of Swahili as spoken in different regions of East Africa. These include the Union translation published by the Bible Society of Tanzania in 1950, the Swahili Common Language Version which was published in 1977, and Biblia Habari Njema (a modern translation) first published in 1996. The Bible Society became a full member of the United Bible Societies (UBS) in 1988. UBS is a Worldwide Fellowship of the Bible Societies and the membership has given BST official recognition by the Churches as the organisation responsible for translation, production and supply of Scripture in Tanzania. Even though there are a number of agencies involved in Bible work in Tanzania; the task of translation of the Bible into Kiswahili and other local languages has been carried largely by BST.

 What we Do

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BIBLE TRANSLATION

We translate the Holy Scriptures into various local languages of Tanzania. Currently, 8 complete local language Bibles have been translated and 41 others have New Testament Bibles.

Translation is done in cooperation with the church.

To ensure accuracy and faithfulness to the original text, translation is done by a minimum of two translators, trained in theology and possessing working knowledge of of Hebrew and Greek languages. This team is then assigned a Translation consultant with wide experience in translation and trained in theology or Bible studies and linguistics.

The work done by the translators is subjected to rigorous review by a committee composed of members recommended by the Church.

This whole process is tedious and costly, requiring large sums of money over a long period of time.

BIBLE PRODUCTION

We publish scriptures in various formats including print, audio, visual and braille in order to meet the needs of all kinds of people. Since the scriptures are mostly used on a daily basis, we make sure the quality is top. This therefore dictates where production is done. Most of our production is done abroad and this comes at a high cost.

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BIBLE DISTRIBUTION

For effective distribution of scriptures, we use various channels.

This includes;

  • The Bible shop at Bible House,
  • Distribution vans
  • Social media
  • Online catalogue/shop
  • Church Book stalls
  • Volunteers

A commission or discount is given to all distributors who purchase Scriptures from us of value above Tsh. 200,000. We do ship or dispatch Purchased Scriptures up to a Regional town at our cost.

 

Value in Tsh

Discount

1.

0          –      200,0000

0%

2.

200,001  –    1,000,000

10%

3.

1,000,001 – 10,000,000

15%

4.

10,000,001 – 30,000,000

20%

5.

30,000,001 – and above

25%

BIBLE ENGAGEMENT

To help people engage with the scriptures, we design and implement various programs such as;

  • Trauma healing.
  • Faith Comes by Hearing.
  • Providing Scriptures for People with Visual Disability, and
  • Deaf Bible opportunity Tanzania.
  • Literacy

You can’t read the Bible if you can’t read.

Our literacy training helps around 500 people across the people in Morogoro of the two district (Gairo and Kilosa) Tanzania every year to learn basic reading and writing skills.

This helps people not only to thrive in life, but also to engage directly with Scriptures.

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WHAT WE ARE

We are Christians who spread the Good News of Jesus Christ by translating, producing, distributing and encouraging the people to use the Scriptures in their day-to-day lives.

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Prayer binds us together.

Wherever we live we can pray for the work for God’s Kingdom all over Tanzania.  Join us as we focus on the prayer requests of each week. In the course of a year, prayers are said for every region and territory in which Bible work takes place.

Sponsor Program

We are keen to welcome and work with people who feel they might have something to offer in making our mission a reality. If you feel you might be able to strengthen the work of our Bible Society and bring your experience or passion to help us achieve our vision, then we’d love to hear from you. 

Charity Fund

We believe the Bible is for everyone. We believe that it contains the truth about God’s love for humanity, and that without that truth people can’t live to their full potential. That is why we are working tirelessly, in 31 Region of Tanzania, to make the Bible available and understood and to help people release its power into their lives.

Support us

You can make an incredible difference…

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Children in Tanzania Need you

Children are a gift from God. It is our responsibility as family, community and the church as a whole to feed them spiritually until they are older and can fend for themselves.

Your support today, will ensure that children in Tanzania experience the transformation that comes from reading the word of God.

Please help us to make this a reality by donating now.

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Free Bibles for Prisoners in Tanzania

You donation will help prisoners in Tanzania as follows:-

  1. There will be positive behavior change among inmates.
  2. Reduction of chaos in the prisons.
  3. Inmates will gain direction and meaning for their life while in prison.
  4. It will help inmates to have peace of mind especially those serving long sentence.

Become a BST Member Today

Your Support is needed. Become a member today by joining a dedicated community of well-wishers who are helping us to fulfill our mission.

 

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News & Updates

Kimachame Bible Launch

Kimachame Bible Launch

The launch of the Bible in the Kimashami language (Kichagga of Machame), was held in the Congregation of Hai in 04/12/2022. Bishop Dr Shoo said many people have been neglecting their languages and said it is good to learn and develop their native languages. At the...

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Wito wa Chama

Chama kinatoa wito kwa wakristo wote, mmoja mmoja na makanisa yote kujiunga na kuwa mwanachama wa Chama cha Biblia cha Tanzania na kuchangia Chama kama fedha, mawazo nguvu  kazi na maombi ili kukiwezesha kuendesha kazi zake za Kutafsiri, Kuchapisha na Kueneza Maandiko Matakatifu kwa watu wote Tanzania.

HELP US TO IMPACT CHILDREN’S LIVES IN TANZANIA

Children are a gift from God. It is our responsibility as family, community and the church as a whole to feed them spiritually until they are older and can fend for themselves.

Your support today, will ensure that children in Tanzania experience the transformation that comes from reading the word of God. Please help us to make this a reality by donating now.

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MAKING THE BIBLE AVAILABLE TO ALL PEOPLE

Changing lives through translation, trauma healing, and Scripture engagement.

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People are at the heart of what we do.

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