ThemneFull Bible Translation

The New Testament is set. The Old Testament is fully drafted. Your support is needed to carry the Themne team through checking phases and onto publication!

Bible Translation


  • Sierra Leone


  • West Africa

Language Population


Thorough reviews are required for every translation

The New Testament is available in Themne, but that is only half of the Bible, only half the story of God’s Word.

The translation team has drafted all the Old Testament books. Some books are in circulation among Themne communities and churches, and the feedback has been very positive. The team continues to work through the other translation stages, including team review, community review, and consultant review, to ensure the translation is clear, natural, and accurate.

“I never had the opportunity to listen to the Word of God in my heart language until today,” said a Themne traditional leader and Muslim. He promised to attend any meetings where God’s Word is discussed or preached in the language he can truly understand.

EmpoweR Local Leaders To Complete Checking

We believe that every community should have the chance to read the Bible in the language they understand best. Your financial gifts and prayers enable us to equip leaders in Sierra Leone to translate the Bible into the Themne language.

Program Goals

  1. Team check the following books: Lamentations, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.
  2. Hold at least four community review sessions through the year.
  3. Hold monthly consultant checking session.

Program Plan

Step 1

Begin the checking phases of the Old Testament.

Step 2

Involve the community in review to increase adoption of the Scripture.

Step 3

Bring hope, life, and transformation through a full Themne Bible.

Meet the Local Team

Partner Organizations

Honoring the Language

Primary language of central Sierra Leone.

A tonal language, with four tones. Tonal words have different meanings based on inflection.

Eleven (11) dialects include Banta, Konike, Yoni, Bombali, Western Temne (Pil), Sanda, Ribia, Kholifa, Koya, Masingbi, Malal

Program Progress

  • The Themne Old Testament has been completely drafted!
  • The team continues to make progress on team checking and community review.

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