Bible Translation on target despite global problems

By January 13, 2009

USA (MNN) — There's good news coming out regarding Bible Translation. "We are participating in the greatest acceleration of the pace of Bible translation the church has ever witnessed. We're actually seeing, in reality, more translation programs being started today than we've ever seen in the history of the church," says President of Wycliffe Bible Translators Bob Creson.

He says Wycliffe is on pace to hit their Vision 2025 goal. That goal is to see a Bible translation project in progress in every language still needing one by the year 2025. There are still 2,251 languages without any Bible translation begun.

But what about the global economic crisis? Creson says, "The things God calls us to do transcend all of that. I think the work of Bible translation is one of those things that just transcend all these things that are going on around us. We have to live out our lives, and we have to do our work within those circumstances, but it's just a challenge."

While funding can be a challenge, recently Wycliffe was given $50 million — the largest single donation they've ever received.

Wycliffe also needs personnel–not just translators, but teachers, computer technicians, administrators and pilots. Creson says, "If people are thinking giving a portion of their life to Bible translation, we can put them to work."

Creson says they're using new media trends like Facebook to recruit young people into Bible translation. Pray that God will raise up many for this task.

 

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