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When did you last rush towards your Bible?

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Reading immediately after receiving the New Testament in their own language!

Sudan, Africa has had a rough history. Coups, civil war, terrorism, famine and other turmoils have rocked its people.

But in spite of these difficulties, many people have worked on a Bible Translation for the Baka people over the last 30 years. One such person was Rev. Bennett Marona. Invited to help translate the Bible into his mother tongue, it became a priority for him. He worked as a pastor and a translator at different times.

When war came to his village, he like thousands of other people, carried their children to what was then the country of Zaire. They walked for 7 days. Children died, people became ill, and they were hungry and thirsty.

But even while living in a refugee camp, Bible Translation continued!! What tenacity for this job!!

“I continued in this work because I wanted the Baka to hear God’s voice with their own ears, “ says Rev. Marona.

In the Fall of 2017, the Baka New Testament was finally dedicated!

At the ceremony to celebrate, Rev. Marona reported, “God is not far from us now….He is not a foreigner.” 

As the boxes of New Testaments were opened at its dedication, people rushed to the books, not wanting to wait another minute to start reading!! They immediately opened their Bibles and started reading in their own language!

When was the last time I rushed to my Bible?

Your support of Bible Translation has made this possible. Praise God with us today!

Click Shine to see a video of this fabulous story!!!

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The Finish Line

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Photo by Colin Rex on Unsplash

There is nothing better than seeing the finish line at the end of a race, a project or even a road trip. You’ve reached your goal! Yay! 

At Wycliffe, we have about 300 Bible Translation projects that are nearing their finish line too. Within three years they will have reached their goals for getting God’s word into the hands and ears of those who need it and are waiting for it!

If you like to pray, or would like to get others to pray, click on this link. You can download  a booklet to pray for these projects. If it seems overwhelming, sign to get a monthly list of 30 projects to pray for, one a day.

Your prayers will help get others to the finish line of Bible Translation!

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2018 in Bible Translation

 

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It’s Good

Having spent ten years in Indonesia, stories from there just bring me to tears. Click here or to listen to a wonderful story of how God called a lovely Indonesian woman into translating for her own language! Like her, you’ll say, “It’s good!”

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2018 in Bible Translation

 

Well, someone has to do it….

 

Jaars airplane just waiting to be washed!

A job was posted this past week at Jaars. Jaars is a non-profit ministry associated with Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL. They aid in finding solutions in transportation, technology, media and training for the Bible Translation task.

There are many jobs at Jaars. Pilots, Vernacular media trainers, nurses, drivers and food service to name a few. But the recent job posting caught my eye.

“Airplane Washer” 

At first I thought it was a cute joke. They do have airplanes at Jaars. Because we live only 1.5 miles from their campus we hear and see small aircraft taking off and landing there all the time. But do they need to be washed down?

Apparently, they do.

Brief Description:

This employee will work under the Aviation Manager and Flight Coordinator at the JAARS Center located south of Waxhaw, N.C. This is a part-time, “as needed”, position.

Major Job Responsibilities:

  • Washing airplanes

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrate a deep and growing walk with the Lord Jesus that includes your personal growth and the ability to support others in their spiritual growth.

  • Embrace the vision, mission and core values of JAARS, and help us live them effectively across all facets of the organization.

  • Must view this position as a ministry.

  • Must be 17 years of age or older.

  • Must be dependable, detailed, careful and have the ability to follow instructions well.

  • Be available when aircraft are available to be washed.

When we share with groups, we usually tell people that God can use anyone with any of their gifts in the Bible Translation Task.

This kind of proves it.

Let me know if you’d like to apply for the job.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2017 in Bible Translation, JAARS, Wycliffe

 

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The work is not done! People are still waiting!

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2017 in Bible Translation, Wycliffe

 

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Translating Accurately

Translating Accurately

Do you think translating is easy? Why can’t we use a computer to just translate the Bible word for word in all of the languages we work in?

Check out this very short video here to see what it takes to accurately translate God’s Word into the language that speaks to people’s heart!

Your gifts allow us to continue in this work! Thank you so much!

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2017 in Bible Translation, Wycliffe

 

A Fast Learner

Fast Learners on Bible Translation Software!

It was 2012. Ken took a trip to an Asian country. He and his colleagues were tasked with developing and testing Bible translation software training materials. The group that they were testing with had never been involved in Bible Translation. They were new to the concept and were looking at the software for the first time.

Fast forward 5 short years. Ken’s colleague recently visited that same country and while there, came upon one of the translators. Much to our delight, he and his colleagues had just finished drafting the New Testament for their community!

A draft! Of the entire New Testament! Plans are in place that it will be consultant checked this Fall!

Praise God with us!  Each of us have done our part in allowing others to gain this new portion of Scripture! We were given the opportunity to do the training, you provided for our salary to serve through training, and others did the work of learning the software and laboriously working through the New Testament, verse by verse, so that others can read God’s Word in their own language!!

We thank you again, for your partnership!

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2017 in Bible Translation

 

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