India (MNN) ― The current pace of Bible translation in India will put the Bible into all Indian languages in 90 years.
In response, the Wycliffe Associates' team is helping to build a new translation training center near the Himalayas that will speed up the translation and cut that down to a little more than 18 years.
The sense of urgency is growing for more training for more effective leaders. Amongst a majority Hindu population in India, there are those who are straining to be free of the caste system and spiritual bondage.
Those are the Dalits, the untouchables. President and CEO of Wycliffe Associates Bruce Smith says, "They are 'allowed' to perform only the most menial of tasks for the worst possible pay. God's Word in their language will give Christians of all castes the reassurance of God's grace in an unforgiving system."
However, the ostracization is not limited to the lower castes, alone. Smith continues, "Any Hindu who converts...is considered 'outcaste' and thereby excommunicated. They effectively lose their place in society and are often banished by their community and rejected by their family. "
Wycliffe Associates is working with the New Theological College, which has made space for a training center that will equip and enable translators and translation work. The center will speed work forward at five times the present rate by training Indians who know the languages they are working in. With an estimated 10 translation starts each year, it will cut the time from 90 to just l8 years. Click here if you can help.