Scripture Union of Malawi

Scripture Union of Malawi

Scripture Union in Malawi (SUM), is part of an international interdenominational Christian organization that works with children, young people and families in schools and churches with the aim of encouraging reading of the Bible. The parent organization was founded in England by Josiah Spiers in 1867 when he began informally telling children stories from the Bible. The ministry quickly grew leading to the formation of the Children’s Special Service Mission (CSSM), which began to distribute Bible reading cards. By 1893, CSSM had distributed 13 million children’s leaflets in fifty languages all around the world. The name was changed to Scripture Union in 1960 and has now grown in over 140 countries.

SUM was formally established in Malawi in December 1970 by Ralph and Jane Hanger. As there was already an organization working with secondary schools, SUM initially concentrated on working with young people who had left school and had moved into the towns. Over the years, it has been involved in a number of activities including establishing Bible clubs/study groups across Malawi, holding annual youth camps, and distributing Bible reading aids and other Christian literature.


  • Mark Loomis