Pursue the Unreached


SIM Malawi’s work to Pursue the Unreached is centred, though not exclusively, around Salima, Mangochi and the shores of Lake Malawi, and the Yawo people make up a significant part of that work

Joy for the Yawo people as they can now read the Bible in their own language

Yawo Bible

A new translation of the whole of the Bible in the Yawo language has recently been launched. This marks the end of around two decades of work by SIM Malawi missionaries in partnership with the Bible Society of Malawi.

Previously there had been a New Testament available but for the first time the Yawo have the complete Bible in their own language.

This will be an important step forward in SIM Malawi’s, and others’, work to reach this important people group.

New arrivals

In its work to Pursue the Unreached, SIM Malawi has broken new ground by welcoming two missionaries from Ethiopia to live and work in villages in the hills to the east of Lake Malawi, to develop further this important focus area.

This is a new venture, as these missionaries will be the first sent to Malawi from within the African Continent.

Mthenga Wabwino

Another important element of the work to Pursue the Unreached is the capacity-building ministry of 'Mthenga Wabwino' or Good Messenger. Mthenga Wabwino is working with churches of many denominations across Malawi to facilitate them in their desire to reach out to unreached people of all tribal and cultural backgrounds.

Members of the Animist group Gule Wamkulu (literal translation 'Big Dance') on the road between Salima and Lilongwe

Mthenga Wabwino has been operating for several years but is still in the first stage of its long-term development strategy. Ultimately, the aim of Mthenga Wabwino is that it be ‘owned’ and run by Malawians working directly with unreached Malawian people groups.

Traditional African Religions

We also seek, together with our primary ministry partner, the Africa Evangelical Church, to reach those who participate in the cult of Gule Wamkulu (a form of Traditional African Religion) and other traditional ancestral-worship practices. We try to plant churches in areas where people are under social pressure and who practise customs that are contrary to the Christian faith and values, to bring the light of the Gospel to these communities.