The Bible Society of Myanmar is committed to make the BIBLE available by TRANSLATING it into the local languages while staying faithful to the original languages, PUBLISHING it in the format that is preferred locally and DISTRIBUTING it at affordable prices; thus helping the people of Myanmar in INTERACTING with the Word of God.
To implement the vision, the Bible Society of Myanmar values partnership and cooperation with the United Bible Societies, international and national Christian Organisations, other Bible agencies and national Churches.
The vision of the Bible Society of Myanmar is to transform the Myanmar people by the power of the Word of God.
In Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), the Bible Ministry was introduced by the British and Foreign Bible Society in 1889 as one of its agencies. The ministry was led by the following missionaries as the Secretary of the Bible agency until 1964.
1. Rev William Sherratt (1899-1933)
2. Rev W. H. Willans (1933-1957)
3. Rev S. V. Vincent (1957-1964)
Due to political change in 1962, all foreign missionaries had to leave the country. As a result, since 1964, the Bible ministry was reorganized as an independent and autonomous Bible Society under the leadership of national Christian leaders. The full-time national General Secretaries since 1964 are:
1. Rev U Aung Than (1964 – 1985)
2. Rev Than TunMyat (1985 – 1999)
3. Rev Dr Saw Mar Gay Gyi (2000 – 2010)
4. Rev Khoi Lam Thang (2010 – to date)
Present Officers (since 2013) are:
Chairman: Rev Dr Zaw Win
Vice Chairman: Rev Ma Ma
Treasurer: Rev Dr Saw Crainner
There are 71 Scripture languages as either used or translated in Myanmar. Some were translated in Myanmar and the language is also spoken in Myanmar. At the same time, some were not translated in Myanmar but spoken and used in Myanmar.
|Myanmar Common Language||–||1984||2005|
|Sgaw Kayin Common Language||–||1995||2003|
|Jinghpaw Common Language||–||2006||2009|
|7||Mara / Lakher||1912||1928||1955|
|8||Mizo / Lushai||1898||1916||1959|
|Lisu Common Language||–||–||1986|
|26||Lhaovo / Maru||1940||2003||2009|
|63||Awa Khumi Chin||1939||–||–|
A warm welcome to our website. The Bible ministry in Myanmar was started in 1889 by British and Foreign Bible Society as one of its agencies. Amidst different obstacles, uncertainties and limitations in the country, the Bible Society stood firm in making God’s Word available to the people of Myanmar.
2014 marks Quasquicentennial of the Bible ministry in Myanmar and the Golden Jubilee of forming the Bible Society of Myanmar.
The population of Myanmar is estimated to be 60 million, of which about 6% are Christians. There are more than 135 sub-races and language groups recognised by the government. Among them, 71 different groups have received either the whole Bible, New Testament or portions of the Bible in their respective mother languages.
Please read about our projects. It is our sincere prayer that this page will serve as a bridge between you and our ministry for the purpose of sharing God’s Word to different ethnic groups in Myanmar.
Together, we can make difference.
Rev. Khoi Lam Thang General Secretary Bible Society of Myanmar
Rev Khoi Lam Thang
Tel: +95 1 250 014
Address: No. 262, Sule Pagoda Road, Kyauktada Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Pray for the Myanmese Youth Scripture Engagement project; that the lives of many young people will be touched by the Word. Please pray for the meaningful celebration of the Bible Day which falls on the third week of August in and outside the country, Please Pray for the conversion bill which is a new challenge for Christian missions. Also pray that we may claim the clear title of Bible Society’s land and building. Please pray for lasting peace between ethnic groups as well as different faiths in Myanmar.
Bible Ministry Promotion Workshop
Bible Ministry workshops have been successful in Myanmar. Many church leaders, members and even youth from different denominations participate in these workshops, and have become more involved in Bible ministry. In 2014, we will be conducting three Bible Ministry workshops in two strategic towns, one of which is Loikaw, located in Southern Myanmar. Through these workshops, we will be able to effectively meet the Scripture needs in Myanmar.
Each year, over 400 young people from various denominations participate in the Bible Competition, which includes Bible recitations and a Bible quiz. This year, the Bible competition was held as part of the Myanmar Baptist Convention. It impacted the lives of many young people, as they were transformed by the Word of God.
Bible Day Programme
The third Sunday of August is designated as Bible Day. The Bible Society of Myanmar encourages churches and fellowships, both within Myanmar and abroad, to observe Bible Day meaningfully with a worship program in which special prayers and contributions are made for Bible ministry.
In order for churches and organizations to plan and participate in this special day, we produce a booklet that highlights information and challenges of Bible ministry in Myanmar. It also includes a Bible study and a message on the year’s theme – this year’s is “The Word of God: To Teach and To Preach”. On Bible Day, ministers from member churches of different denominations also represent the Bible Society in churches in Yangon and other districts, where they share about the Bible ministry whilst preaching a message.
Every year, about 4,000 churches and Christian Organizations observe Bible Day. The Seventh Day Adventist church observes Bible Day on the sabbath day nearest to the third Sunday of August. Contributions on Bible Day from churches have increased every year.
Pre-Bible Day Programmes
The Pre-Bible Day programmes are song, poetry and article competitions based on the theme of the year. Every year the song competition and Bible competition draws over 2,500 talented young people to participate in the programme.
Distributing Scripture for 5 Different Languages of Bible-hungry people in Myanmar
Project Summary: Myanmar,a country with about 60 million people, under military rule for the past 50 years, and having a Buddhist majority has been facing a scarcity of Scripture. In spite of such a difficult situation, churches are continually growing and truth seekers are increasing, especially among the minority groups. This project is to provide 32,000 copies of Scripture to 5 different languages namely: Myanmar, Khumi, Cho, Siyin and Hawa Naga.
Target Audience: Bible hungry Christians of 5 different language groups who are facing political and economic change.
Engaging 9,000 Youth with the Word of God
Project Summary: This project is to introduce Bible reading and the Bible study habit to 9,000 young people, so thta they will experience a lasting difference in their lives.
Target Audience: Youth
Advocating the Bible Through Different Printed Materials
Project Summary: This project is to reach people regardless of age and faith background with different Bible-based products. The products include selections including Easter,Christmas and special issues, Christians’ Diary (with daily Bible reading chart), Scripture Calendar (small and medium – with daily Bible reading chart) and a Year Planner (with daily Bible reading chart). The Calendar, Year Planner and Dairy are effective ways to encourage a daily Bible reading habit.
Target Audience: People regardless of faith.
We are implementing the following Bible translation projects:
Current Translation Projects
Upcoming Translation Projects
We are expecting to start the following Bible translation project by 2015