How IT Plays In Bible Translation Works

We were there in 2006 when he and his friend were in the class with the translators. They were working on back translation from one of the books that they were translating in Jiru language, Andowa’s heart language. We saw how Larry and Linda tried to get the correct and natural translation in Jiru through back translation process.

Now, we can see how technology plays important roles in Bible Translation works all around the world.

Halfway around the world in Arlington, Texas, Wycliffe translation advisor Linda Jones will get up tomorrow morning, sync up her computer, and read the draft that Andowa has revised. She’ll check to make sure the meaning hasn’t been altered and send back suggestions for the next round of discussion.

This is how the final revisions are being made to the Jiru New Testament. It’s all possible because a new geostationary satellite began circling the equator in early 2009. Just two weeks after it went into service, IT specialists from Wycliffe’s Seed Company brought a computer and a small satellite device to the village, showed Andowa how to connect to the satellite, and taught him to use OurWord—the special software for mother tongue translators created by Wycliffe staffer John Wimbish.

(more story about “Remote”: Not in God’s Vocabulary)

Linda has been working long distance with Andowa since 17 years ago. And God truly bless their works so that the people of Jiru will have God’s word in their language, so that they will worship Him with all their heart. 

There is nothing is impossible for our Mighty God, no matter where they live, as hard as it can be reached, God always has a way to reach them just because He also loves them and wants them to hear His love message and draws them to Him and His heart. 

After Waiting For 26 Years

Moi was one of the mother-tongue translators for the Alune project. His journey towards working as a translator was also filled with obstacles, both personally and professionally. After years of perseverance, the translation work was finally completed—the Alune people were to receive God’s Word in their heart language for the very first time. But it wasn’t without its difficulties. Moi was working on transporting the New Testaments to two places for the dedication. On the day he had arranged for a truck to come to the office, he waited the entire day, but the truck never came. Frustrated that the day was not going as planned, Moi’s stress was heightened by the rain that was pouring down, seemingly heedless to his ardent prayers for good weather. The team had spent a lot of time putting the boxes filled with New Testaments into plastic bags, but it was rainy season and the rain just kept coming down. Moi prayed that the rain would stop, but the more he prayed the harder it rained. “Lord, why are you not answering my prayer?” he asked. “You want this to go forward, right? Why is this happening?” Moi was upset because it seemed that God was ignoring his prayers, heedless to the difficulties that they faced with the packing and transporting of the books during the bad weather.

Finally, after hours and hours of waiting, the truck arrived. The team managed to load about 200 boxes filled with 4,300 Alune New Testaments, and Moi left with the truck to the island of Seram. When the truck got off the ferry at Seram, Moi received a text from his wife, Mey, saying, “Do not come to the bridge, because earlier today a big truck broke the bridge and you can’t pass on it. Come on another road.” Immediately, Moi knew that God had been protecting the New Testaments by sending the rain and delaying the truck. “It could have been our truck that broke the bridge, and all the books could have been wet,” Moi said. “Oh, Lord, now I know You had a purpose for delaying the truck. I am sorry that I was upset and didn’t keep trusting you in all circumstances. Thank you, Lord.”

That wasn’t the only difficulty that Moi faced with distribution of the Scriptures. Last August, the translation office was flooded during a storm, bringing mud and water into the rooms until it was waist-deep. The storage room where the Scriptures were kept was also flooded, and thousands of New Testaments were soaked. But even this God used for His good purpose, as people in the neighborhood heard about the Scripture portions and came to the office asking for them. Every last one of the Alune New Testaments that was damaged that day was given away to Alune speakers who took them and laid them out to dry. Praise be to God, who sovereignly fulfills His promise to use all things for the good of those who love Him.

James 1:2–4 says, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing” (NLT).

After twenty-six years of trials and perseverance, the Alune people are finally able to hold the finished work of their perseverance—God’s Word in the language of their heart.

(Source Wycliffe Bible Translators USA blog)

Twenty six yeas is a long waiting for the people of Alune people, but God has shown His faithfulness to these people. There are more than 450 language groups who are still in waiting for God’s word available in their language.

Would you be joining us in prayer for them and ask for more workers to go bringing God’s Gospel to them? May be God has put something in your heart today for reaching out these people, would you be praying for God’s calling in your life and what he wants you to do? Would you consider to join our team to go to Southeast Asia for this purpose?

They have been waiting too long!

Easter Story for Kids

Today my husband and I were given an opportunity to share about the impact of Bible Translation led to the life changing in Christ with a group of kids at our children church. He found a story, Jesus is Alive, related to Easter and Bible Translation at Wycliffe’s blog post. It is free to download here, included a recipe of empty-tomb rolls for Easter Morning.

The story about a boy named Nard, a Pilipino boy, who came to know Christ and became a missionary pilot.

A translator, Dick, went to his village to share the Good News about Jesus to him and the people in his village in Philippines. When Nard met Dick, he was a boy who could not read or write, he was know as trouble maker. Dick asked for Nard’s help to teach him his language, Isnag. After years of learning and translating, Dick finally finished the book of Mark. And Nard could read and write at that time, too. It was time for Dick to go on furlough and he gave Nard a copy of the translated book of Mark in his language. He told Nard to read it while he was away.

Nard’s life was changed after reading the story of Jesus. His eyes were opened and his heart was touched by the Holy Spirit when he came to understand the meaning of Jesus’ crucifixion  and resurrection.

When the Word of God translated in the language of the people can understand the best in their heart, the power of God’s word will work in their hearts and Holy Spirit will lead them into the salvation. For they can understand complete what God says to them. For they can see the truth clearly. For they can grow in their faith when they keep reading and studying the Word of God in their own language. Apostle Paul wrote in the book of Romans that the power of God’s word can safe anybody who believes (Romans 1:16-17). That is the truth.

Would you join us to bring the gospel to over 290 million people who speak about 1,967 languages in the world through prayer? Would you be partners of Wycliffe to get this big task done?

Check out HERE to know more about Wycliffe and to find out how you can get involved in God’d mission work through this mission work.


Jesus came to save and to bring freedom to those who believes in Him.

Love One Another

To love one another is a command from our Lord, Jesus Christ. I found at least 14 verses in the New Testaments that repeating the Lord’s command to love each other for He has loved us first.

  • John 15:12 (ESV) – “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
  • 1 John 3:11 (ESV) – For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
  • John 13:34 (ESV) – A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
  • John 15:17 (ESV) – These things I command you, so that you will love one another. The Hatred of the World
  • Romans 12:10 (ESV) – Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
  • 1 John 4:11 (ESV) – Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:9 (ESV) – Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another,
  • 1 Peter 1:22 (ESV) – Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,
  • 1 Peter 4:8 (ESV) – Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
  • 1 John 3:10 (ESV) – By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. Love One Another
  • 1 John 3:23 (ESV) – And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.
  • 1 John 4:7 (ESV) – Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
  • 1 John 4:12 (ESV) – No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
  • 2 John 1:5 (ESV) – And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another.

I found this notes posted on our church bulletin few months ago and I thought I’d love to share these practical ways that we all  can do to show love to others so that they may know God’s love.

10 Ways To Love

  1. Listen without interrupting (Proverbs 18)
  2. Speak without accusing (James 1:18)
  3. Give without sparing (Proverbs 21:26)
  4. Pray without ceasing (Colossians 1:9)
  5. Answer without arguing (Proverbs 17:1)
  6. Share without pretending (Ephesians 4:!5)
  7. Enjoy without complaint (Philippians 2:14)
  8. Trust without wavering (1 Corinthians 13:7)
  9. Forgive without punishing (Colossians 3:13)
  10. Promise without forgetting (Proverbs 13:12)

What do you do to show love to others?

Your Vital Role

Pray is the fuel for any ministries and our lives. Pray is what we’re saying that we need God and it is only can be done by God and His’ power. Pray is the only way to reach His throne and receive His grace in time we need help. Pray is where we stand in the gap for those who are in needs of God and His love.

Through pray we come to God and plead for our loved ones. But also…

We are called to pray for others who have not heard nor known about Jesus Christ. We pray is to reach out the over 209 million people in this world to come to know God, for God to open doors for them to have His word in the languages (over 1,900 languages!) that they can understand best in their hearts, for God to touch them and change their hearts, for God to lead them in the way of truth and life.

You have a vital role in God’s mission in this world. You can pray today.

The Seed Company, a Wycliffe Bible Translators affiliates, have released 40-days Devotional e-Book, that you can get it for FREE here. During this Lent, you can read God’s word, meditate and pray for Jesus to bring freedom to over 209 million people who speak about 1,967 languages. They have been waiting too long!

Would you join us to pray today?

1,967 Languages To Go

This is an amazing and exciting news. The result of what God has been doing among the nations. 

In November 2011 there were about over 340 million people speaking 2040 languages still needing Bible Translation to begin, but the current (from November 2012 report) estimate suggests now around 209 million people speaking 1,967 languages may still have a need of translation work to begin. That’s incredible progress in bringing God’s Word to people in the language they understand best.

Wycliffe is partnering with other mission organizations to bring the Good News to the people in language they understand best in their hearts. In 1999 Wycliffe and key partners adopted Vision 2025, that by the year 2025 a translation project would be in progress for every language group that needs it. This goal does not only include translation projects, Wycliffe and its partners produce thousands of resources for literacy, education, health and other development-related goals (from Wycliffe Global Alliance).

We are anxious to join this movement to see how God is at work among the people in South East Asia. Through language-based development, we will join one of Wycliffe’s strategic partner organizations, SIL International. It is a faith-based nonprofit organization committed to serving language communities worldwide as they build capacity for sustainable language development through research, translation, training and materials development. Dave will be overseeing the operations of the office and working with partner organizations, meanwhile, Helen will manage support and human resources.

Wycliffe and SIL exist to eradicate Bible poverty so that all language communities will have the opportunity to be transformed by God’s Word and ultimately reflect God’s glory (Bob Creson, President of Wycliffe. USA).

We would not go without a strong team of prayer partners lifting us up and encouraging us on this journey, and we cannot go until we meet 100% of the month budget that has been set for us. Please prayerfully consider if God is calling you to join our Partnership Team. You can go HERE to see how you can join our team in bringing the Word of God to the language they understand best.