Let us bring God's Word to all people in their heart language
Posted On: 01/08/2016 | Posted By: TWFTW

The Word for the World Celebrates 35 years today!
We have more than ample reason to praise God for blessings on all aspects of this ministry. Overall TWFTW has done well in partnership with so many of you. We cannot but give God the glory for enabling us to:
  • Continue to pursue our Vision
  • Reaffirm our stance as service organization
  • Execute our altered Mission statement to expand our service to empower not only individuals but also organizations for Bible translation
  • Further decentralize functions, responsibility and authority
  • Continue to adhere to our approach to Bible translation
  • Maintain our unity
Thank you to each one of you for continuing to do what you believe God has called you, and us collectively, to do. Nothing we do for God escapes his notice, and nothing we do for Him is ever in vain. May He richly reward each one of you!

TWFTW is currently involved in 91 languages spoken by approximately 29,551,762 people. This map represents TWFTW involvement in India.

Posted On: 11/13/2015 | Posted By: TWFTW

The Zigua people in Tanzania recently received the New Testament in the their language, in print as well as audio. The people were overjoyed! They can now read the Word or listen to the AudiBible. The JESUS Film was also dubbed into their language.
The people plan to meet together in an evening class to spend time with the Word of God. They repeatedly expressed their appreciation to everyone involved to make this possible.

Posted On: 10/02/2015 | Posted By: TWFTW

Words from the Lord that came to mind as we celebrated the dedication of the New Testaments in Tanzania:

“… more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
… sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb” (Psalm 19.10).

“…the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Heb 4.12).

The prayer of our hearts: That the Word of God may penetrate the very fabric of society and bring about real transformation in individuals, cultures, and nations. As we pray for those who have just received that Word in their own language, let us pray that the Word of God will also impact our own lives, cultures and nations.

Please Join me for one of the celebrations in Morogoro, Tanzania.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Véroni Krüger
International President

Posted On: 07/13/2015 | Posted By: TWFTW
After leading TWFTW for 34 years, Véroni Krüger has expressed the desire to be relieved of his duties as the International President, although he would still like to be involved in Bible translation. The projected date is December 2017. TWFTW Executive Management Team and International Board have started the process of identifying a successor. The International Board decided at their recent meeting to encourage everyone in the TWFTW family (all partners included) to fast and pray about this momentous transition. The EMT will start providing names of possible canditates between now and 30th July. Please also pray specifically for God’s wisdom and presence at the Executive Management Team’s next meeting in September, where the matter will be discussed in depth.

Posted On: 05/27/2015 | Posted By: TWFTW

Twenty five years ago our vision was that the Shire valley of Malawi, where the 370,000 Sena people live, would be flooded with the Word of God! Materially, they are the poorest people group I have seen in the world, yet one of the happiest. The Shire Valley is sadly not flooded with God’s Word at the moment, but has recently experienced the worst flooding in living memory due to torrential rains.
Though confined to a wheelchair, I set off in 1992 for Malawi with my wife, Julia, to train Sena speakers to translate the very first Bible for their own people. By God’s grace, the entire Sena Bible was completed and consultant approved for publishing in a record 10 years. Several thousand portions of Scripture have been produced over the years and thousands of New Testaments have also been distributed, but to date only 8000 Bibles have been distributed among the Sena. The last distribution of 5000 Bibles took place in December 2008. New Bibles have not been available to them for nearly seven years. Literacy classes have been running for the past fourteen years in about 50 centres in the Sena speaking areas of Malawi and also neighbouring Mozambique, but “Where can we get Sena Bibles for new believers?” is the cry!
Hope is on the horizon as 5000 new Sena Bibles have just arrived in the warehouse of Bible Society of Malawi. It took us about 5 years to raise the $37,500 required to purchase these Bibles. Funds came from several donors, as well as sponsored marathons like the Comrades in Natal, South Africa, and my 1000 mile Land’s End to John O’Groats hand cycle ride in 2011 in the UK. Praise God, Bibles are on their way again to the Lower Shire. Let us pray that the trickle of funds to make Bibles available to the people of Africa, and the lesser reached areas of the world, will soon turn into a flood, so that “The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God, as the waters cover the seas.” Hab 2.14.  

Barry Funnell

Posted On: 04/16/2015 | Posted By: TWFTW

“I am a fresh Bible translation consultant with TWFTW. I have done my first independent group checking in the Ila and Soli languages, in the very hospitable country of Zambia. I keep jumping from white winter and ice skating into the heat of summer and back for cold Christmas; then again into the hot rainy climate in February. Since I am coming from the North (Poland) I find a lot of things new, fascinating and challenging: the huge insects, the way of cooking, the colour of the ground and warm, violent rains. The translation teams have been very gracious to their “Madam consultant”. The Gospel of John, part of the 1st and the whole 2nd Epistle to Corinthians became our great journey across centuries, lands and cultures. We stood together at the feet of the cross, we struggled to understand the message of Paul and his frustrations. We worked hard in mutual trust and humility. It was a very moving beginning of my consultant’s career when they read: “In the beginning there was The Word”

Alina Krajewska

Posted On: 03/24/2015 | Posted By: TWFTW

Suggested Bible readings for “Holy Week” Sunday to Sunday
In 2015:  March 29-April 5

SUNDAY 29th March
“Palm Sunday”
Jesus enters Jerusalem in triumph, hailed as King
John 12.12-19, Luk 19.28-44, Zecharia 9.9

MONDAY 30th March
Jesus asserts his authority
Cleansing the temple: Matthew 12.21-17
Teaching: Luke 19:45-20:26 (skip verses 27-40); Luke 20:41-21:4.

TUESDAY 31st March
Jesus Teaching on serving the King 
Luke 19:11-26. (For a longer version add Matthew 25:14-46.)

Mary anoints the feet of Jesus
Matthew 26:6-16

THURSDAY 2nd April
The Last Supper – Institution of Holy Communion
Luke 22:7-34
The following events happened during the night into the early morning: 
Jesus prays on the Mount of Olives Luke 22.39-45
Jesus arrested Luke 22. 47-53
Peter betrays Jesus Luke 22.54-62
(Also Matthew 26:30-75)

FRIDAY 3rd April
Trial and crucifixion
Matthew 27:1-2; 11-61

SATURDAY 4th April
Matthew 27:62-66 and Isaiah 53

SUNDAY 5th April
Matthew 28 and Luke 24.

What Did Jesus Do The Day After He Was Crucified?

Gospel accounts only mention authorities fearing His prediction that He will rise again, and sealing the tomb.  However, the Bible is such an amazing book that one can glean information from other Scriptures.

1 Pet 3.18-19
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
19 After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits —

What would Jesus have announced?  The following Scriptures tell of a theme of the preaching of Jesus.  It seems reasonable that He would have spoken on the same theme when He entered the world of the dead.

Matthew 4.12-17
When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali— to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:
“Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles—
the people living in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.”

17   From that time on Jesus began to preach, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.

Mark 1.14-15
After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God.  15  “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Jesus announced in the world of the dead that the kingdom of God had dawned.  

Revelation 1.18 is also relevant.
“I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”

A picture comes to mind:  Jesus entering the world of the dead, announcing that the Kingdom has come, and saying: “You’re looking at the King!”  Then demanding the keys to the world of the dead from Satan.

An illustration from the Old Testament, where David is a prototype of Jesus:
But David said to Saul, Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it.  (1 Sam 17.34-35)

Jesus entered the lair of Satan and defeated him!

Consequences For Us:

Believers need have no fear of death
1 Cor 15.52-57
For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true:“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Believers need have no fear of evil spirits
They all know about the announcement!

Posted On: 02/27/2015 | Posted By: TWFTW

The Blue Nile

Things are moving! Recently, consultants were in Ethiopia checking translations of various books of the Bible in the Dawro, Gofa, and Yemsa languages. While checking Lamentations went fairly quickly, the books of Daniel, Romans, and Leviticus were much more challenging due to the complicated writing style as well as the visions that are described in the second half of Daniel. However, the translation team, who are very familiar with the technicalities of slaughtering animals due to their cultural background, were able to translate portions of Leviticus describing animal sacrifice without much difficulty. All in all the teams and the consultants feel thankful and satisfied with their progress, and these people groups are one step closer to having the Bible in their own language. Thank you to all the partners, Antoinette, Nel and the translators.

Artist with his paints

Posted On: 01/09/2015 | Posted By: TWFTW

"After the launch of the Gamo New Testament  in Ethiopia, this girl suddenly appeared at my window. She begged for a copy of the N.T. I bought several and gave her one. This was her reaction, one of pure joy and gratefulness. (MK)”

34 Years Today

It was 1981. TWFTW was just a dream in the heart of one man, when a document “signed” TWFTW into existence. Then God breathed LIFE into it. The unique approach of focusing on empowering mother tongue speakers to translate the Bible for their own people brought much success. Not only in TWFTW but also in the international world of Bible Translation.

In the 35th year of our existence TWFTW anticipates many training events as well as the launching of numerous New Testaments and publication of a complete Bible. This is the result of many years of hard work by dedicated people. It could not have happened without the individuals, organizations, foundations, and churches who partner with us. (Money is God's financial resource in the world, but prayer is essential for achieving victory for the Kingdom of God worldwide.)

What’s Next?

"It is too small a thing…” (Is 49.6) is what we constantly have to hear and apply God's purposes for his servants are clearly expressed in Is 49.6b “I will also make you a light for the Gentiles that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”

It is never "enough", because Jesus came for the next person, the next group, also, until all will have heard.

Relentlessly, with vigour and enthusiasm we continue to strive to be instrumental to bring God’s Word to 500 new language groups by 2050.

Rom 10.14: How then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

Will you partner with TWFTW?

All glory to God

Posted On: 11/07/2014 | Posted By: TWFTW

John and Lydia Kadalinga relocated to Chitipa in the north of Malawi after being part of the Sena translation team that successfully translated the whole Bible into the Sena language. (The Sena people live in the south of Malawi.) They are now working on the Lambya translation.

Please take the time to watch this video. Prayerfully consider being a partner in this project through prayer and/or financial support.

In John Kadalinga's words: “My family and I would like to thank you so much for the continued prayers and support to my family and the entire work here in Malawi. May the Lord continue to bless you as you tirelessly continue to expand his Kingdom among the Lambya people through your prayers and support!”