I love technology, not for technology’s sake, but for some of the ways it enhances our lives and makes it more productive. Yes, I’m also aware that technology sometimes complicates life, like when your computer won’t work like is should, when your email is hacked and your system starts sending out embarrassing messages, or in my case, when I carry the phone but can never seem to get it out of my pocket in time to answer a call.
Here is a link to a video where technology DOES work. And, it not only enhances a life but it accelerates Bible translation too.Take a look at it and simply think of the context —
- someone living deep in the jungle using a BGAN satellite terminal
- sends an email with attached translation data
- via a communications satellite located (I’ve heard) 22,000 above the earth
- to a translation consultant located thousands of miles away!
What’s even more amazing is that the consultant can send the corrected translation data back the NEXT day as one would do with any email.
Formerly, sending and receiving translation data via the post, hand carry, or other methods would take days, if not weeks or months. One translation consultant said that sometimes he would not hear from one of his mother tongue translators for a year! And now the process can take as little as a day. It’s amazing.
I praise God for this new technology. Take a few minutes to watch these video and I suspect you will too.
Take a moment and watch Accelerating Bible Translation for the Jiru and Levering Technology