With a great deal of Bible translation projects underway and many others still needed, Wycliffe Associates relies on local churches to undertake and facilitate translation.
Tabitha Price explains this effective model has helped translation work move forward during the pandemic.
“Wycliffe Associates in progress right now 777 projects. We are working specifically with the partners of each of those projects to help them accelerate the project and to really own it so they can take it to the next group,” she says.
“We have trained church leaders in various countries who are able to now take that training to the next country. Some of them are already able to do that [right now]. Some borders are open [but] others are not. How quickly that movement will grab hold is in the Lord’s hands, but we are seeing the motivation for it.”
Most of the time, those partnering with Wycliffe on Bible translation projects are believers. However, occasionally there are exceptions that lead to unexpected blessings.
“The local church is far more aware of what’s going on on the ground than we are. We certainly know that there have been training events where the local church has said, ‘this woman’s a believer, and we really want her to be a part of this translation. Her husband’s not a believer, [but] she said she will come if he can come, so we decided to bring them both.’ In that specific incident, the husband became a believer during the workshop,” Price says.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for an end to the pandemic.
- Pray for translators who are facing hardship.