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The Love of a Prophet

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I’ve been reading the Minor Prophets the last couple of weeks. Lots of gloom and doom mark these pages! Warnings, threats and more warnings from different men across the ages.

It must have been hard to be a prophet. I’m not sure I could have done it. I want to be liked too much!

But what has struck me this time reading is the love and hope that comes across from each of them save Jonah (recently called “The very worst prophet”).

Hosea 1:10 God, through Hosea, reminds people of His covenant with His people which will not be broken: “Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured…”

Joels 2:13 implores them to “Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from seeing calamity.”

Amos repeats the phrase from God “…yet you have not returned to me” over and over again, but then calls out “Seek me and live!”

This is the kind of follower of God that I want to be. While I want to warn, I really want to love.

Giving people God’s words in their heart language is one of the best ways I can love people.

Thank you for your continued support both prayerfully and financially that makes this possible!!

 

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Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Anne, Bible Translation, Wycliffe

 

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Some Good News!

Jaars in Waxhaw, NC

 Our partner organization, Jaars, has 4 days a year that they open up for a great touring experience for the whole family! You can also come daily for a tour in the morning, but Jaars Day is the best way to see their facilities.

Here are some of the things you can do that day:

  • Watch a pilot demonstrate the precision and skill needed to operate a mission airplane or helicopter overseas.

  • Come see how people get Internet in the rainforest. Record your voice into the JESUS film.

  •  Learn how God’s Word is changing lives, how Internet access helps translation work, and much more.

  • Chat with JAARS people on our campus. They’re pilots, software developers, boat captains, trainers, translators, and more—people who’ve served all over the world. And they all have stories.

  • Hop into a missionary plane or helicopter. Or pile into a four-wheel-drive vehicle and enjoy our off-road course. Either way, you’ll get a taste of how Bible translators reach remote villages. Come early!  Rides in both aircraft and the vehicle course are limited, and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. (waiver required)

  • Visit our museums to take a close look at the heart of our work: language, culture, and Bible translation. Come trace the history of writing. Or learn the importance of minority languages, and how former Mexican President Lázaro Cárdenas made a difference. Check out the newest exhibit about Scripture Celebration.

  • Shop at our gift shop and take home a souvenir of your day at JAARS. Your gift shop purchase helps JAARS make Bible translation possibleCome June 9, 2018 from 9am-4pm! 

Check out these Bible portions that were dedicated in April 2018!
You helped with this! 

  • Garap New Testament dedicated on March 31, 2018.

    • Location: Chad

    • Population: 12,000

  • Ramuki* New Testament dedicated on April 7, 2018.

    • Location: Southeast Asia

  • Thudanga* New Testament dedicated on April 8, 11 and 18, 2018.

    • Location: South Asia

    • Population: 500,000

  • Vagla Bible dedicated on April 21, 2018.

    • Location: Ghana

    • Population: 16,000

  • Lemi New Testament dedicated on April 24, 2018.

    • Location: Myanmar (Bible Society of Myanmar)

    • Population: 20,000

  • Koromfé New Testament dedicated on April 28, 2018.

    • Location: Burkina Faso

    • Population: 196,000

  • Soli New Testament dedicated on April 28, 2018.

    • Location: Zambia

    • Population: 54,400

For the second year in a row, Wycliffe USA “has been recognized on Forbes’ 2018 list of America’s Best Midsize Employers, ranking No. 310 out of 500 companies.” We find it a great organization to serve!

Thank you for partnering with us to make a difference in the world ending Bible Poverty! 

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2018 in Bible Translation, JAARS, Wycliffe

 

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Dinner with Jesus!

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This just in from Wycliffe USA:

Marketing has created a new, 7-day YouVersion devotional called “Dinner with Jesus” to go along with our quarterly theme, Feasting on Scripture. 

Jesus often used meals to engage with people and teach important lessons. And he continues to call us to his table to feast on who he is and learn more about him through his Word. Jesus’ example provides an opportunity to invite friends, outcasts and even enemies to know God’s story of love and salvation.

You can find “Dinner with Jesus” by searching the YouVersion app or accessing the devotional online at Bible.com. Be sure to share the devotional with your family and friends too!

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2018 in Bible Translation, Wycliffe

 

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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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Whoop Whoop! March Dedications!

Didinga Men (Source: Africa Inland Mission)

Join with us in praising God for these March 2018 Bible Dedications! If you do the math, that is nearly 300,000 people who now have access to God’s words in their own language! Words like, But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us, from Romans 5:8!

Thank you for your prayers and finances which made this possible! 

  • Didinga New Testament and Old Testament portions dedicated on March 3, 2018.

    • South Sudan

    • Population: 60,000

  • Ngomba New Testament dedicated on March 16.

    • Cameroon

    • Population: 120,000

  • Avatime New Testament dedicated in Volta area on March 17.

    • Ghana

    • Population: 24,000

  • Tonac Mixtec* New Testament dedicated on March 18.

    • Mexico

    • Population: 45,000

  • Modla* New Testament dedicated on March 24.

    • Americas

    • Population: 14,300

  • Baeggu New Testament dedicated on March 24-25.

    • Solomon Islands

    • Population: 10,000
      *pseudonym

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2018 in Bible Translation, Praise, Wycliffe

 

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This just in….February Dedications!

Please join us in praising God for these Scripture dedications that took place in February!

  • Northern Thai New Testament dedication in Thailand on Feb. 2, 2018:

    • Population: 6,000,000.

    • Published in one volume but with parallel Thai and ancient Lanna scripts.

    • Available in print, on “Audio Bible” MP3 players and a free smartphone app.

  • Menya New Testament dedication in Papua New Guinea on Feb. 23, 2018:

    • Population: 25,000.

    • 400 MegaVoice units with the recorded New Testament were also available for sale.

    • A two-week Scripture application and leadership training course followed the dedication, with 52 participants.

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2018 in Bible Translation

 

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This is OUR work…

Kasua Bible Dedication

I love watching videos of the “end” product: people receiving God’s Word in their own mother tongue.

Of course, it’s not the end…it’s the beginning of them receiving the very words of God in a way that they can understand it and then having the choice to be in relationship with God.

Click here to see the Kasua people of Papua New Guinea getting the Bible in their own language. If you are in a rush, fast forward to the testimony of their co-translator around 3.50 minutes. Beautiful!!

This is our work, my partners!! Thank you again!

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2018 in Bible Translation

 

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