Thank you for praying for our daughter, Laura, recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. The latest MRI shows no new growth for which we are so grateful. She has one more week of radiation and then we can put that behind us! Please keep praying for a miracle healing!
Each Fall, Wycliffe Bible Translators and our partners set aside a day to celebrate the newly translated Bibles that have been dedicated the previous year. Watching the videos of the dedications always brings me to tears as I watch people receiving the very words of God in their Mother Tongue for the first time. They are dancing, shouting and crying as they receive their Bible. Do I do the same?
Because of your support, together we can dance with people from around the world who can understand “Immanuel, God with Us” for the first time this year! Click here to enjoy our partner JAARS video celebration.
Our colleague, Nate Gordon, has written his first book. Nate and Sheri Gordon arrived in Indonesia a few years after we did but stayed about 22 years, serving the people in the area of aviation and prayer. We spent time with them in a small group and even went on vacation together! We have always loved Nate’s newsletters and his style of writing and hoped he would one day write a book.
Well, it’s here! I’ve already bought a copy and am halfway through reading it. Nate’s stories of flying into the jungle interior and watching God transform people with a Bible in their own language keeps you on your seat. The chapters are short and you can read a few at a time.
If you are looking for a gift this Christmas, we highly recommend this book. You can order it from Amazon here.
On Wednesday, Wycliffe Bible Translators celebrated the publishing of about 15 Bibles! Some were New Testaments, some were several books of the Bible, but one was the entire Bible, Old Testament and New Testament: The American Sign Language Bible!
For the first time, those who speak this language have a Bible that speaks to their heart! Many people don’t realize that the deaf need their own language. The order of their words and syntax is different than English.
We’re so excited to have been a part of this translation.
Click here for an activity that you can do with your children using American Sign Language. And then celebrate with us that between 250,000 and 500,000 people can now understand the message that God has for them: He loves them and sent his very own Son to die for them!!
This just in! Please join us in praising God for these Scripture dedications that took place in December and others we just learned about! Pray that the Scriptures will be used and result in transformed lives.
Rikou New Testament online dedication in Indonesia on Oct. 31, 2020. Population: 10,000. Tampuan New Testament in Cambodia on Nov. 11, 2020. Population: 40,000. South Conchucos Quechua Bible in Peru on Nov. 26-30, 2020. Population: 250,000. Gizrra New Testament in Papua New Guinea on Dec. 6, 2020. Population: 1,350. North Conchucos Quechua Bible in Peru on Dec. 13-19, 2020. Population: 250,000. Guerguiko New Testament in Chad on Dec 28, 2020. Population: 25,500.
Your support and prayers were a big part of this work! Let’s praise God together for all the people who can now read the Bible in their own language!
While some look back at 2020 as the worst year of their life, we have so much to be thankful for! God is still in control and has made a way for Bible Translation to continue in spite of the many difficulties put before our colleagues.
Rejoice with us while watching this short video of how your contributions have made Bible Translation progress this year!!
Join me in giving God’s Word this #GivingTuesday! I’m partnering with the Saare people in Nigeria to help translate and publish the first chapters of Scripture in their language. Visit wycliffe.org/givingtuesday or call 1-800-WYCLIFFE to learn more.
It was only in the last decade that I was made aware that there was a need for Bible Translations for the deaf. I always thought that deaf people could just read any book and understand it. Why do they need their own Bible?
My ignorance might be shared with others but it was still a subject I knew nothing about! And why would I? I’m not deaf nor do I know anyone who is nor can I speak Sign Language. In fact, when I write “sign language” I’m referring to the American Sign Language, just one of up to 300 different sign languages used around the world.
Sign languages and spoken languages have completely different syntaxes. The way that we order words in spoken languages differs from the way that words and phrases are ordered in sign languages. And spoken languages are phonetic, relying on connections between text and sound. “For Deaf people … they need something that’s visual. … As hearing people read, there’s a connection between text and sound. For us as Deaf people, we cannot hear and we’re never going to have that connection between the sound and the text. … Visually seeing the hand movement in sign language is very important for us.”
I encourage you to click this link and read the whole article. It was fascinating to see how challenging it is to get the translation right!
Would you pray now for those doing this important work?
We were blessed to get away for nearly a week to the TN and NC mountains. We stayed in a place that gave a good price for missionaries and pastors to rest at. Rest we did. Lots of reading, short hikes, and drives on winding roads just talking was so good for us. We feel ready to return to work and serve our Wycliffe Bible Translation members once again.
Fear is normal for us mortal beings. God has created us with emotions and when I read the many Bible verses that talk about fear, I am reminded that I am in good company with that particular one! Men and woman have suffered from fear for hundreds of years.
Fear grabs me when someone jumps out from behind a door. It also sneaks in when I’m home alone and can’t figure out what that bump in the night was. Watching the news the last several months can bring more fear than hope at times.
Knowing that the world is suffering together under a pandemic, some terrific writers at Wycliffe Bible Translators have made devotional so that we can tackle our fears together and not just the virus.
Click here to join me! Let’s replace our fears with peace!