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Worth VS Time/Effort/Finances

Language NamesIn the 27 plus years that we have worked for Wycliffe Bible Translators (WBT), we have never heard the phrase “They are not worth it”.

When we joined WBT in 1990, we shared that over 2000 Bibles still needed translating. That number has crept up and down over the years.

Up? How can that be? As language workers toil alongside nationals, they often find that languages that they previously thought were similar to another language, have big enough differences in their thoughts and meaning so that they need their own translation. What good is giving them a Bible when they are no closer to understanding it than before? So sometimes translation needs go up.

Down? Well, we expect the numbers to go down as many people work hard at giving God’s words in their own heart language and there are new publications like the 27 listed above.

Why do we care? Because God’s words are vibrant and living and give information about a God who wants to be in relationship with people.

I want everyone to have what I have every day: A Bible I can read or listen to in my own language. 

This morning I wrote this verse to a dear friend who is struggling with some issues:

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

What a verse of HOPE! I could share that because we both know English.

We just celebrated some recent Bible Translations. Look at the image above. Check out how many speakers are in the Abadi language. Then check out how many are in the Yemba language. Big difference, yes?

Both need God’s words. They are both worth the time, effort and financial input to make it happen. 

Won’t it be great to meet people from both languages groups one day in heaven? You are making this possible! Thank you!

 

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Posted by on May 3, 2018 in Bible Translation, Uncategorized

 

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2033 is just 15 years away!

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So who cares about 2033? Up until a few minutes ago, I didn’t, but then I read these statistics:

  • 95% of the global population will have access to a Full Bible

(languages with greater than 500,000 speakers)

  • 99.9% of the global population will have access to a New Testament

(languages with greater than 5,000 speakers and less than 500,000 speakers)

  • 100% of the world’s population will have access to at least some portion of Scripture

(portion estimated at 25 chapters in languages with less than 5000 speakers)

These numbers were provided by our partners at Every Tribe Every Nation.This organization was started by 10 leading business people (including Hobby Lobby). They have come together to provide strategic leadership and funding to advance the Gospel.

In the meantime, there is work to be done. 1900 languages still have no translation under way.

What could you personally do to help remedy this? Ideas include the normal ones like prayer and finances, but perhaps God is moving in your heart to go somewhere either on a short term or long term basis. Every job, profession or skill is needed!

Contact us! We’ll help you get plugged in!  It’s the best job ever!

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2018 in Bible Translation, Uncategorized

 

One Happy Customer

 

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Photo by Štefan Štefančík on Unsplash

Ken and his colleague recently received this note from someone that they had counseled about their retirement accounts:

Hello Ken and Jerry,

You’d be happy to know that I wrote to the retirement office and increased our monthly amount we contribute.  Isn’t that a switch from wanting to withdraw funds?

This is all because of your wisdom and advice.

Pray we can sell our home here in PNG soon (we leave here on Dec. 15) and in Dallas and invest some more funds into our retirement and help boys go to school debt free.

Thanks for all your help.

E——

Every member that comes for advice has different issues depending on their age, where they live, how much money they have put aside for retirement and many other things. Each are different and need to have recommendations that fits their scenario.

Thank you for supporting Bible Translation as we serve those who serve on the field. They really appreciate it!

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

The Beginning and the End

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Chajul Ixil translation consultant with two translators

Wycliffe Bible Translators started after a man named Cameron Townsend had tried to sell Spanish Bibles to Indian nationals in Guatemala. A man said to Cameron, “If your God is so great, why can’t He speak my language?” And so, the work of Bible Translation started.

The audacious goal? Give every language in the world the opportunity to be in relationship with God as they got to know Him by reading His Words, the Bible, in their own language, what we call, their “Mother Tongue.”

That was in 1920. It was not until 1950 that our sister organization, SIL, was invited to come to Guatemala and help with three dialects of a language called Ixil.

It took 63 years with many different people to complete this task! As people died or moved away, others slipped in and took over the work.

With joy we announce that the last of these dialects, Chajul Ixil, is finished and printed. With the last one done, SIL finishes their work of translation in Guatemala. Other groups made mostly of nationals will continue the work: Old Testament translations, literacy, and other things.

Our work is always changing. With new technology and with national training, the work of Bible Translation looks different than when our founder started it 75 years ago.

I remember even 10 years ago saying, “I’ll never read the Bible on a tablet; I like my paper Bible best.” Yet, I find myself pulling up Scripture on my tablet in church and now someone reads to me from my cell phone as I do my hair in the morning.

Methods change. Locations change. But the goal is the same.

We are committed to the injustice many people still have in not being able to have access to the Good News in their own language! What is the Good News? That Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, came down as a baby, so that He could one day die on the cross for all of mankind and pay the price of sin which separated us from God, our Creator.

Thank you for your support as we continue to serve with Wycliffe.

If you want to know more about the Good News yourself, get in touch with us! It’s the best news ever!!!

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Merry Christmas!

Your gifts and prayers allow us to share the truth of Jesus’ birth with people around the world in their own language.

Thank you and Merry Christmas! 

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

#GivingTuesday is tomorrow!

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You’re invited to join us for Giving Tuesday on Nov. 28. After experiencing the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a global day focused on giving back during the holidays.

The potential is so great for this special day! You know from experience that when communities come together to make a difference, each person giving what they are able, great things are accomplished. And when the cause they gather around is close to God’s heart, we should be ready to see God multiply our efforts!

For the 2017 Giving Tuesday, we hope you’ll share in our goal to print 1,500 copies of the newly translated Bible for the Giryama people of Kenya. Each copy costs only $8. For some that might mean packing a brown bag lunch for work so they can give one copy. Others might feel lead to skip family night at the movies, and give five.

Would you prayerfully consider what you will give?

  • What: Your chance to make a difference this holiday season by giving the greatest gift the Giryama people of Kenya will ever receive.
  • When: All day on Nov. 28, 2016

*Printed from wycliffe.org

 

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Death Cleaning

Bob’s hat

The headline caught my eye. There is a Swedish word meaning “death cleaning”. It means decluttering as you look forward to your own death. As soon as you realize your own mortality, you start thinking about paring down the stuff in your homes. Sharing special items with family and friends or just donating them to others is a way we can prepare for our own deaths but also makes it easier for our loved ones when they have to come and clean out our homes.

On Monday morning, I arrived at work at the Waxhaw Creek Apartments, the retirement housing Wycliffe has in our Waxhaw, NC area. My boss informed me that one of the residents had passed away. Because of some software changes going on in our organization, I wasn’t able to work on our department’s receipts and had some time on my hands.

“Would you be willing to clean out Bob’s refrigerator and freezer?,” my boss asked me. Of course, I would. Off we trooped down to his one bedroom apartment. Contact had still not been made with Bob’s family, so we were careful to leave his goods and papers in place until they could arrive.

Bob lived a rather spartan life compared to most Americans. I guess living in a village in Papua New Guinea for over 40 years would do that to you. His home was filled with just the basics: food, clothing, books and important papers. It made me a little sad at first, seeing how little he lived with. But after cleaning out his refrigerator and finding the task quick and easy I found that I admired him more than felt sorry for him.

Bob spent most of his adult life working in literacy for the Waris people of Papua New Guinea. You have probably never heard of these people. I didn’t. But God knows them and loves them and created them in HIS image. He also gave them a beautiful language. And now they can read about God in their own Mother Tongue because of people like Bob who are willing to live without a lot of stuff so that others can have what is really important: God’s very words.

I went home on Monday and thought about all the stuff I have in my house that seems so important. Just cleaning out my freezer would take twice the time it took to clean Bob’s because it is stuffed with bits and pieces of this and that. I have something in every closet and drawer in my house. What does all my stuff say about me and what’s important to me?

Jesus Christ and the message of His salvation is the most important thing to me. It’s time to make sure my house reflects that.

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2017 in Uncategorized