Coronavirus Crisis in India Pauses Wycliffe’s Bible Translation

The photo shows the sun setting over the Ganges river. (Photo courtesy of Makalu from Pixabay)

Nobody knows exactly how many in India are dying from COVID-19. The country reports thousands of deaths per day. Indian journalists say most deaths have gone unreported, especially in rural areas.

People keep finding bodies washing up in the Ganges River as the virus pummels rural areas. Shrouding bodies and immersing them in the water is a custom for many villages, especially when firewood for cremation isn’t readily available.

Bible translators

This crisis has affected Bible translators working with Wycliffe Associates as well. Tim Neu says, “One of my friends wrote in and described how it’s like a heavy, low hanging cloud. And this is what he wrote in his note to us. ‘I’ve lost close friends and family. My 24-year-old son is currently in the hospital with complications from COVID.’ So these are the types of things we’re seeing. And it is actually causing Bible translation to be put on pause.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


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