Shan .Bible

Discover more about the Bible in Shan - and read it for yourself.

About the Shan language

The Shan language is the native language of Shan people and spoken mostly in Shan State, Burma. It is also spoken in pockets of Kachin State in Burma, in northern Thailand, and decreasingly in Assam. Shan is a member of the Tai–Kadai language family, and is related to Thai. It has five tones, which do not correspond exactly to Thai tones, plus a "sixth tone" used for emphasis. It is called Tai Yai, or Tai Long in the Tai languages.

The number of Shan speakers is not known in part because the Shan population is unknown. Estimates of Shan people range from four million to 30 million, though the true number is somewhere around six million, with about half speaking the Shan language.
The Shan people are living in South-East Asia from the area around the Golden Triangle in Burma, Thailand, South-West China and Laos.

The main group of Shan lives in the Shan State in Burma/Myanmar.

Burma now called Myanmar, have had a civil war for over fifty years. This has meant that the country has one of the nineteen centuries worst record when it comes to violations of human rights. Shan suffer from this, and they are forces to seek refuge in Thailand and other neighbouring countries.

The situation of the Shan in Thailand is very difficult. Most have no refugee status, and the only way for them to survive is by hard work and get badly paid jobs, and many girls end up in prostitution.

"To be Shan is to be a Buddhist" it is said. Since the first missionary arrived in 1861, the Shan people have been opposing the the gospel. Even today, it is less than approx. 0.04% Christians among a population of over five million people and is considered an un-reached people group. The Shan people are also strongly Animists and it is often associated with fear and superstition.

Distribution of Swahili Braille Scriptures

There are many people in Tanzania who are either partially or completely visually impaired.
This audience is forgotten and cannot easily get reading materials, especially Scriptures.
This project aims at providing Swahili Bible Portions in Swahili and English New Testaments in Braille for people with visual disability(PVD). We have a large stock of Swahili Braille Portions which we could not distribute to PVD due to high costs of distribution considering their wide spread in the country and the bulkiness of the Scripture material. This project therefore aims at distributing available 1,000 Swahili Braille Portions and 40 copies of English Braille New Testaments. The English Braille New Testaments will be ordered from Compass Braille and are earmarked for students in Secondary Schools for the blind. The Swahili portions are for the whole literate PVD community which also includes pupils in Primary Schools.

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Get involved

you can get involved in Swahili Bible Projects by contributing:
- Translation skills: if you would like to work with us on a project as a Translator please contact
-Working for us in another capacity- Please see the jobs listed on your local Bible Society's website

Siku Sita za Uumbaji na Sabato

1Hapo mwanzo Mungu aliziumba mbingu na nchi.

2Nayo nchi ilikuwa ukiwa, tena utupu, na giza lilikuwa juu ya uso wa vilindi vya maji; Roho ya Mungu ikatulia juu ya uso wa maji.

MWA. 1:1 - MWA. 1:2
Hapo mwanzo, kabla ya kuwapo kitu kingine cho chote, aliku wapo Neno. Yohana 1:1
1 On the first day of the second month in the second year after the people of Israel left Egypt, the Lord spoke to Moses there in the Tent of his presence in the Sinai Desert. He said, 2 “You and Aaron are to take a census of the people of Israel by clans and families. List the names of all the men 3 twenty years old or older who are fit for military service.
Genesis 1:1-3

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