In 2015, Wycliffe Associates Started 203 Bible Translation Projects Worldwide
By Jeremy Reynalds, Senior Correspondent, ASSIST News Service (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ORLANDO, FLORIDA (ANS — December 8, 2015) — Wycliffe Associates, a global organization that involves people in the acceleration of Bible translation around the world, announced that it has launched or relaunched 203 translation projects worldwide in 2015.
“We have seen dramatic breakthroughs like this all around the world this year,” said Bruce Smith, president and CEO of Wycliffe Associates, speaking in a news release from Wycliffe.
He added, “I was exhilarated to witness God at work like this. We were stymied in our own power-yet when we prayed, when we acknowledged God’s power, God opened the door.”
The organization is currently engaged in a large effort called Vision 2025, a plan to have a Bible translation started for every language that needs it by 2025.
According to the news release, Vision 2025 is a worldwide endeavor that involves national Bible translators, translation consultants, volunteers, and financial donors.
Smith said, “If ever there was a time when Psalm 147:15 could be observed in ‘real time,’ this is it. ‘His word runs swiftly’ the Scriptures say. I have found myself speechless, time and time again over the past several months, to see the fulfillment of Revelation 7:9-God’s Word in every language-now, finally, truly within our reach.”
The start of these new translation projects has not been easy. The organization has reported intense persecution of Bible translators in some areas, including a Bible translator in India who was dragged from his home in the middle of the night and shot 17 times.
The same week, a Bible translator in the Middle East was arrested, jailed, and tortured. Within a week, three more translators were arrested. Since then, more than 12 Bible translators have been jailed.
Wycliffe said that other translators have suffered inexplicable challenges, including a leader of a translation workshop in Southeast Asia who mysteriously lost his voice, while a number of participants in the workshop became ill. When Bible translation actually began for the same language group, one young woman translator died in her sleep.
“In the aftermath, in the agony of grief,” said Smith, “we remembered the truth: we are engaged in spiritual warfare.”
Wycliffe Associates said it is encouraging its supporters to financially and prayerfully support the work of Bible translation.
Currently there are 3,377 languages that need a Bible translation project started. Of the 2,883 languages in the world that have the Scriptures, 531 have an adequate Bible, 1,329 have an adequate New Testament and 1,023 have at least one book of the Bible.
A Bible translation is now in progress for 2,195 languages worldwide.
About Wycliffe Associates
Organized in 1967 by friends of Bible translators, Wycliffe Associates empowers national Bible translators to provide God’s Word in their own language and partners with the local church to direct and guard translation work.
For more information visit www.wycliffeassociates.org
Photo captions: 1) A language surveyor at work. 2) Jeremy and Elma Reynalds.
About the writer: Jeremy Reynalds is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, a freelance writer and also the founder and CEO of Joy Junction, New Mexico’s largest emergency homeless shelter, www.joyjunction.org. He has a master’s degree in communication from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in intercultural education from Biola University in Los Angeles. His newest book is “From Destitute to Ph.D.” Additional details on “From Destitute to Ph.D.” are available at www.myhomelessjourney.com. Reynalds lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife, Elma. For more information contact: Jeremy Reynalds at email@example.com.
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