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Here is a short video from Wycliffe Bible Translators, USA president Bob Creson. This is the progress we made in giving everyone God’s Word in their mother tongue in 2016. Your prayers and support made it possible! Let’s praise God together!
Mobilized Assistance Supporting Translation is an innovative method of Bible Translation. Motivated by the local church, translators, pastors and lay people gather together and can draft large portions of Scripture in a short amount of time. Watch the short video above and it will explain the process in a clear way. God’s Word in the mother tongue brings joy to the heart to those that have received it. Unfortunately, many still lack God’s Word in their mother tongue and have been waiting for too long. This Bible translation method is generating excitement and joy and hopes to reduce and even eliminate that wait!
Ken departs next Tuesday to help support another workshop teaching this method. He’ll be in Papua New Guinea for several weeks working with a large group of people. They will be translating 51 Bible Stories into Tok Pidgin so that they can be uploaded to an open web site. This site will make the Truth of God’s Word available in a new way to a larger audience.
Thank you for being a part of this wonderful process.
****As of today, two colleagues that are supposed to accompany Ken on this trip still have not received their visas! We need a miracle to get them there! Please pray for Ken July 28-August 18.
When was the last time you couldn’t wait to get your hands on your Bible again? Or when was the last time you picked up God’s Word with real enthusiasm and eager anticipation?
On October 14 of last year, the Sokarek people of Papua New Guinea received God’s Word for the first time in history in their own language. How would you have responded if you were them? How did they respond?
May I encourage you to watch this short 3 minute video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYLiBnk1_M0) and give attention to how the Sokarek people receive their newly translated Bible. They march with pride into the village holding their New Testament up high. Some sit still, reading their new Bible with serious and purposeful intensity. I can’t help but wonder about my reaction to my approach to God’s Word each day. Watch and see. I believe, like me, your heart will be moved.
I usually give mother tongue translators an opportunity for feedback at the end of a one or two-week course. My last time in Nigeria was no different. The only change though, was that I had communicated to them that my role was changing, that I would be providing training in a new software program, and that it was possible my Bible translation software training was coming to an end. I was taken aback by their reaction.
They would not hear of it instead stating that they were planning on writing my supervisor requesting that I am able to continue providing the instruction they had received. Complimentary in and of itself, they then said something that blew me away!
“We also want to tell your supporting churches and friends a THANK YOU for their role in this because we know that, without them, you couldn’t be here teaching us.”
I have to be honest and tell you I was floored! It was the first time I can remember in our 29 years of ministry history that a group specifically asked to express their appreciation to our supporters. But they did.
Please take a moment and watch this very short Vimeo video expressing their heart-felt thank you. (I added text subtitles so that you understand what they are saying.) It’s not professionally done but I think you’ll agree that their enthusiasm comes across loud and clear.
What a great group to teach.
Enjoy them as much as I have. And allow me to take this opportunity to thank you for being a part of our team expediting Bible translation.
Those last four words…
Most people know the story of Jonah in the Bible. Runaway prophet, he ends up spending three days in the belly of a large fish after being thrown overboard by god-believing (small g intentional) sailors.
After having enough of his dark, smelly quarters, he relents and decides to follow God’s instructions to go to the city of Nineveh to warn them of God’s impending judgment. Much to his surprise and chagrin, they repent immediately.
Jonah is ticked off with God. He wanted the evil Ninevites to feel the wrath of God. He’s judgment-oriented and wants people to get what they deserve. But he testifies about the character of God when he says, “I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.”
After Jonah relishes in his self-thrown pity party, God quietly rebukes him, reminding Jonah that he has been concerned about the unimportant things in life (like a dying vine), rather than the 120,000 people of Nineveh that could have died.
And then comes those last four words….
“and also many animals.”
God was concerned that if the people of Nineveh were judged, their animals would suffer too.
God is an animal lover! That warms my heart since I’m pretty crazy about my dog, Brandy.
But more than an animal lover, God cares about the small ones who can’t help themselves. Isn’t that wonderful?
The work of Bible Translation does the same thing…it attempts to bring the very Words of God to those who can’t get access to it themselves. Some of those people groups are small, just thousands, but if God would lift his hand for just a few thousands Ninevites and their animals, shouldn’t we do the same?
Each month, many of you lift us up in prayer or write a check out on our behalf so that the work of Bible Translation can continue. You must have the heart of God!
So thank you. Just like God’s care of those animals, illustrated by those last four words, you care. And we’re not complaining!
Click here to see Wycliffe USA’s president and his wife say a word of thanks to you too.