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Reaching Bible Translation Goals!

Please join us in praising God for these Scripture dedications that took place in December! Pray that the Scriptures will be used and result in transformed lives.

  • Lis Ma Ron New Testament, Nigeria, Dec. 11, 2021. Population: 160,000.
  • Lika New Testament, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dec. 15, 2021. Population: 80,000.
  • Migaama New Testament, Chad, Dec. 30, 2021. Population: 70,000.

Everyone of these languages are important to God because they are important to the people who use them and need to hear the Words of their Creator.

Your support enables us to support others who have served in this task for decades!

Some of our residents enjoying a Christmas party hosted by a local church.
 
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Posted by on January 13, 2022 in Bible Translation, Wycliffe

 

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Watch this Video and Rejoice

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.

 

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You need this book!

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.

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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Lots to celebrate!

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!!

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2021 in Bible Translation

 

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Look what happened!

Scripture Dedications 
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!

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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2020 Year in Review

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!!

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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Giving Tuesday

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.

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Why Translate for the DEAF?

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.

A recent Wycliffe post called “Every Sign Matters” explained the need for a Bible for the deaf:

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.

Thank you for standing with us, year after year!

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Instead of Fear

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!

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Not Growing Old

We get to observe many Seniors in our organization. Often, someone knows them from decades ago and shares stories of the wonderful ways they contributed to the Bible Translation task before they retired.

When we were recently in Pennsylvania helping to care for Anne’s mom, Anne was sharing with a visiting nurse about what a fabulous piano player her mom was. She wanted the nurse to see beyond the aging woman in front of her.

John E. Roberts wrote a beautiful poem about growing old.

They say that I am growing old
I’ve heard them say it times untold
In language plain and bold
But I’m not growing old
This frail old shell in which I dwell
Is growing old I know full well
But I’m not growing old.

What if my hair has turned gray
Gray hair is honorable, they say
What if my eye sight’s growing dim
I can still see to follow Him
Who sacrificed His life for me
There on the cross of Calvary

Why should I care if time’s old plow
Has dug some furrows in my brow.
Another house not made with hand
Awaits me in the glory land.
My hearing may not be as keen
As in the past, it may have been
Still I can hear my Savior say
Come faltering child, this is the way.

The outward man, do what I can
To lengthen out this life’s short span
Shall perish and return to dust
As everything in nature must.
But the inward man the Scriptures say
Ah, the inward man 
Is growing stronger every day.

Then how can I be growing old’
I’m safe within the Saviour’s fold
‘Er long my soul shall fly away
And leave this tenement of clay
This robe of flesh I’ll drop and rise
To seize the everlasting prize
I’ll meet you on the streets of gold
And prove that I’m not growing old.

Thank you for supporting us as we serve the wonderful servants of God of Wycliffe Bible Translators.

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2020 in Bible Translation, Wycliffe

 

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