Wycliffe Associates Aiding Bible Translators Besieged by Extremists in Africa With Technology, Training, and Support

A translator at work in difficult conditions.
A translator at work in difficult conditions.

Despite the threat of attack from extremists, Bible translators in the Central African Republic are persisting in their work with the help of Wycliffe Associates, a global organization that empowers national Bible translators around the world.

According to a news release, one national Bible translator in the Central African Republic survived an attack by extremists when militants stormed into a Bible translation center and pointed an AK-47 at his face, demanding valuables.

Others, however, have not survived. A national Bible translator was shot and killed in December 2013, while trying to get his family to safety during an attack by the extremists.

“Across the African continent, brave souls just like these Bible translators stand strong against persecution and danger for the sake of the greatest treasure—God’s Word,” says Bruce Smith, president and CEO of Wycliffe Associates.

The news release continues by saying that in the last several months, insurgents have destroyed the homes of Bible translators in the Central African Republic, bordered by Chad, Sudan, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, and Cameroon. Insurgents have stolen computers, money, and cars, while militias have overrun communities, looted businesses, and kidnapped children.

“The threat of danger is never far from reality for national translators working in the Central African Republic and other parts of Africa,” says Smith. “Wycliffe Associates is committed to equipping these brave believers with the training and technology they need to keep them as safe as possible.”

This technology for Bible translators includes Bible Translation Acceleration Kits (BTAKs), which include a small, portable laptop computer, along with a satellite communication terminal, solar panel, battery, and power supply. The BTAKs allow national translators in remote areas to communicate with translation consultants in real time and accelerate the translation process.

Working with limited resources and no budgets to rebuild after bombings, national translators in Africa endure the harshest opposition in regions with the highest concentration of need . . . ultimately to begin Scripture translations in 776 languages.

Wycliffe Associates is currently raising $625,000 to provide Bible translators working in the Central African Republic and other volatile regions with new and replacement equipment, technology, supplies, training, facilities, open source Bible translation technology, and digital Scripture distribution.

About Wycliffe Associates

Organized in 1967 by friends of Bible translators, including the late Dr. Dale Kietzman, 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 66 different countries.

For more information, please go to http://www.wycliffeassociates.org or contact Donn Hallman at donn_hallman@wycliffeassociates.org

SOURCE: Assist News – Dan Wooding

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