ShekgalagariBible Translation

The New Testament launches in 2024 and plans for the Old Testament will soon be underway. Help keep the momentum going!

Bible Translation


  • Botswana


  • Southern Africa

Language Population


New Testament in hand, focus shifts to Full Bible

The New Testament is now published and access is expanding to the 200,000 Shekgalagari speakers in Botswana and Namibia.

Strong local vision and leadership throughout the years resulted in a community eager to participate in language translation and development. The completed New Testament will enhance worship and strengthen faith as Shekgalagari speakers read and hear God’s Word in the language they understand best.

Focus of the language community now turns to the Old Testament and bring the entirety of God’s Word to Shekgalagari speakers.

Empowering Local Leaders

We believe that every community should have the chance to read the Bible in the language they know best. Your financial gifts and prayers help leaders in Botswana further translation of the Bible into the Shekgalagari language.

Program Goals

  1. Visit communities where Shekgalagari is widely spoken in an attempt to connect those groups to each other in a more cohesive way.
  2. Travel to Shekgalagari speaking communities to provide the New Testament for purchase and to connect with the speakers in those areas.
  3. Make a plan for Old Testament translation, evaluating the need for more translation staff.

Program Plan

Step 1

Strengthen bonds between neighboring Shekgalagari-speaking groups.

Step 2

Provide the published New Testament to all groups.

Step 3

Build a plan for the Old Testament translation work.

Meet the Local Team

Partner Organizations

Honoring the Language

A marker of this Bantu language is that the prefixes change with the noun class. “She” marks a language. “Ba” represents the people. 

People live in the Kalagari (spelled Kalahari in English) Desert. Bakgalagari means “People of the Kalagari”. 

The majority of Shekgalagari speakers are subsistence farmers – including farming cattle, goats, and chickens. The language community is widely spread across the southwest region of Botswana and into Namibia.

Program Progress

  • The New Testament was dedicated in March 2024.

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