Since 2007, WoodsEdge Community Church (The Woodlands, TX) has labored to see a disciple-making movement birthed among the Chewa people in Malawi. In 2013, after six years of prayer and training, God opened a door among the village chiefs, and they began to come to Christ and meet weekly to disciple one another.
Today, it is estimated that close to 1600 chiefs gather weekly in village centers across that region for discipleship and encouragement. A movement is truly underway!
In 2018, the Digital Bible Society partnered with WoodsEdge to provide several hundred Audio Bibles with the Chichewa New Testament, which were sent for the chiefs (who do not read) to listen to the scriptures. But they needed more.
Over the last year, Digital Bible Society worked to help meet that need. 43 Discovery Bible Study lessons in Chichewa were recorded and prepared for a second and much larger distribution. Funds were raised by WoodsEdge to place an Audio Bible into the hands of each believing chief, complete with the Chichewa Old Testament, New Testament, and Bible Study Lessons .
The goal: to equip and commission every chief to take the hope of the Gospel to their own village, and see a church established.
In September of 2019, DBS accompanied WoodsEdge for the first phase of this distribution. More than 550 chiefs received their own Audio Bible, and were commissioned to rise to the challenge of making disciples in their villages.
Preparations are underway for the second distribution scheduled for early Summer, 2020, with a plan to distribute as many as 2,500 more Digital Audio Bibles into the hands of chiefs.