Language: Thimbukushu
People Group: Hambukushu
People Group Size: 60,000 (approximate estimate)
Location: Botswana & Namibia
Lifestyle: Farming and fishing

Translation Time-frame: TBC
Completed in Phase 1: Oral and written translations of 43 Old and New Testament passages
Translation Phase: 2
Translation Goals: TBC
Source Languages: Thimbukushu, Setswana and English
Managing Partners: Wycliffe SA / Botshelo Trust / Bible Society of Namibia

“We come from a tough life, but since I got closer to the Word of God, things started to change!” These are the words of Paulus Chapi, project manager for the Hambukushu Bible translation. The Hambukushu are a cross border group of about 60,000 people that reside in northern Namibia and now also in Botswana after being displaced there due to war.  They are primarily an oral people.

After several years of making plans and dreaming about what a Bible translation could look like for their people, the oral translation work finally got going in early 2018. By the start of 2020, all passages were cleared by the consultant in both oral and written form! The teams then worked hard to produce booklets and devices to be able to share God's Word within their communities. Once produced, delivery was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, they have now arrived and are being used.

The Scripture dedication also had to be cancelled in April, but this is now being rescheduled for the new year. Despite the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, the team has managed to commence with some aspects of the translation work. The consultant has also been interacting with the team virtually. The team are eager to get back to work and to start the translation of phase 2.


  • Praise that the booklets and audio devices have finally reached the translation team in Shakawe despite lockdown. Pray for the distribution among churches in Namibia and Botswana.
  • For travel restrictions to be lifted soon and for COVID-19 to reduce in order for the team to meet in a safe environment.
  • That the team will continue to do well in financial management with God’s help.
  • For the transition into phase 2 of translation.

Psalm 23

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