Language: Marenje
People Group: Marenje
People Group Size: 588,000
Location: Mozambique
Lifestyle: Agriculturalists

Translation Time-frame: March 2022 - February 2027
Translation Phase: 1
Translation Goals: Oral Bible translation of the New Testament, and a booklet with the transcriptions of the translated books
Source Languages: Portuguese and Chichewa
Managing Partners: Wycliffe SA and the Pastors’ Forum of Milange


Map MarenjeThe Marenje live in the Milange district, a tropical and mountainous area of Mozambique, near the border with Malawi. Most of the Marenje survive through farming and selling their produce in neighbouring areas. It’s likely that their first exposure to Christianity was as refugees in Malawi during the Mozambique war in the 1980s.

The Marenje church makes use of two Bible translations: Chichewa and Portuguese. The majority of churches use the Chichewa translation and a few of them use the Portuguese translation. However, every time they use either one of these two translations, there is someone who has to translate orally into Marenje in order for the Marenje speakers to understand the message well. Because of this, the Christian Council of Mozambique in that part of the country, together with native church leaders who serve as pastors for some of the biggest churches in the area, have been asking for the Bible to be translated into Marenje. This will make Scripture far more accessible to the people, and they are much more likely to be open to and interested in the gospel when it is presented to them in their own language. Christian discipleship will also be more effective using Scripture in Marenje.

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Luke 15:1-7

(The Parable of the Lost Sheep)

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