By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service
ORLANDO, FLORIDA (ANS – August 3, 2015) — Wycliffe Associates has announced it will provide funding and support to Bible translators who live and work in Southeast Asia, where Christians often face persecution and even death.
Despite the potential risks, a group of local Christians has joined efforts to begin translating the Bible into their own language, even with minimal resources to carry the work forward.
They live in a nation where Christians make up less than 2 percent of the population. Even traveling within their own region can put their lives at risk.
“When Christians in desperate situations are willing to risk everything for God’s Word in their language, we must help remove any and all obstacles in their path,” says Bruce Smith, President and CEO of Wycliffe Associates. “It’s incredible to see how God has already prepared the way. He has raised up Christian leaders and churches throughout the region with a passion for Bible translation.”
Wycliffe Associates has committed to helping these Christians with training, technology, and resources to translate the Scriptures into this region’s 35 languages that are without any portion of the Bible. Wycliffe Associates will train national translators and provide technology, equipment, and other support, including the Mobilized Assistance Supporting Translation (MAST) program.
MAST rapidly accelerates the process of Bible translation using new training and translation strategies, making it possible for mother tongue translators to draft significant portions of Scripture over a period of weeks rather than years.
“This is one of those times when I had to ask myself, ‘If not us, then who?’ The answer is obvious—so we have accepted the challenge,” Smith says.
Describing the reaction of these Christians to the opportunity to have the Bible in their own language, one ministry partner of Wycliffe Associates said, “There is this sense of disbelief which, honestly, humbles me. It’s a positive disbelief, in terms of great joy at this unexpected gift.”
Wycliffe Associates is currently raising $250,000 to provide training, technology, and support services.
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, 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 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. (http://www.wycliffeassociates.org/)
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Photo captions: 1) Nepalese women waiting for a Bible translation. 2) Bruce Smith. 3) 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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