Bible translation hits a bump in the road

By November 21, 2014
(Photo courtesy Wycliffe Bible Translators USA)

(Photo courtesy Wycliffe Bible Translators USA)

Philippines (MNN/WYC) — In 1999, Wycliffe Bible Translators USA realized that if Bible translations continued to go slowly, it wouldn’t be until 2150 that a Bible translation could be started for every language.

So they dreamed up Vision 2025: a commitment to do what they can to get a Bible translation program going in every language by 2025.

As of this month, the full Bible has been translated into over 500 languages, and with the help of computers, the process has gone much quicker.

But one of the programs in the Philippines has hit a bump in the road.

Recently, a vital computer modem was stolen from the Matigsalug translation team. While the team has already drafted 90% of the Old Testament, their work slowed down considerably after the theft.

It has already been difficult for team members to communicate with each other, especially for those living in remote areas, but this is another discouraging trial altogether.

This has not been the first time something has been stolen from the team. And unfortunately, many of the team’s hard drives are failing and they have corrupted back-ups.

It seems that problem after problem is being piled on the team.

It’s true the team has hit a bump in the road, and they are hurting and discouraged. But it won’t stop them from overcoming the test. They will be giving hope to the 50,000 Matigsalugs in the region, and they will be giving them life.

Pray that the team will be able to stay focused and continue working efficiently.


  • Ellen Paver says:

    I pray that the team will continue to be united and steadfast despite the set-up. May our heavenly Father will intervene in their situation that time loss will be catched up. May His great power beyond measure will continue to empower the team to finish the work in the expected timelines. Praying for the team.

  • I am praying against this attack of the Evil One who does not want the Word of Life to get into print.Lord cover this team with your divine protection ;stand with them and encourage them and set a guard over their equipment and keep int safe.In Jesus Name. Amen.

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