By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service
BRAZIL (ANS July 30, 2015) – Who would have dreamed that Android computer tablets would be revolutionizing scripture translation for indigenous tribes in Brazil.
These amazing Tablets have come a long way since the days of Moses. And when men from five different tribal groups in Brazil recently received Android computer tablets, along with our translation Studio software, Scripture translation in the local languages took off at breakneck speed.
According to Wycliffe Associates, the high-tech tablets were made possible donations for volunteers and donors in the U.S.
“Within a day the men had successfully learned how to use the new tablets,” said a spokesperson for Wycliffe Associates. “After that it was full steam ahead. The indigenous translators returned to their villages, tablets in hand, with a goal of translating 50 popular Bible stories. As of this writing, one language group has already translated 21 stories!
This is just the beginning for these language groups.
“Once local translators have completed the Bible stories, they can easily make the transition into a full Bible translation program,” says Bruce Smith, president and CEO of Wycliffe Associates.
It is believed that some 100,000 indigenous people are living a life of fear of evil spirits in the Brazilian jungles. But now, through this amazing new technology, they can learn how to be delivered from that fear through the Word of God in their own language.
About Wycliffe Associates
Organized in 1967 by friends of Bible translators, including the late Dr. Dale Kietzman, Wycliffe Associates empowers national Bible translators to provide God’s Word in their own language, partners with the local church to direct and guard translation work, harnessing their passion and desire for God’s Word, and engages people from all around the world to provide resources, technology, training, and support for Bible translation.
Because millions of people around the world still wait to read the Scriptures in the language of their heart, Wycliffe Associates (http://www.wycliffeassociates.org) is working as quickly as it can to see every verse of God’s Word translated into every tongue to speak to every heart. Last year, 2,544 Wycliffe Associates team members worked to speed Bible translations in 73 countries.
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Photo captions: 1) Sharing the Good News with an indigenous group in Brazil. 2) Bruce Smith, President and CEO of Wycliffe Associates. 3) Dan Wooding with Dr. Dale Kietzman, a co-founder of Wycliffe Associates.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 74, is an award-winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 52 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Along with Dr. Dale Kietzman, co-founder of Wycliffe Associates, Dan Wooding, helped to start the Open Doors News Service, and later he began the ASSIST News Service.
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