It’s easy to think that to translate the Bible you need linguist translators, and of course that is true. However, there are many other roles that need to be filled in order for the word of God to get into the hands of the communities for which it is being translated.
Joe and Heather are regional centre managers in Papua New Guinea. The following story from them, shows how they are essential cogs in the translation machine:
‘God timed it perfectly, for the Anjam New Testament recording to happen here during the first week of February! They had done a lot of recording in the village, but there are always so many interruptions, family and community commitments, and constant background noise.
There were 280 lines which urgently needed recording, or re-recording. Sam Kenny, the coordinator of Faith Comes By Hearing in Papua New Guinea, wrote and asked if we had a flat available for them to stay in, and a room for making into a studio to do the recording. Yes we did, and they could have the flat next door for their studio.
We were painting the third flat and so able to offer use of the spare mattresses for sound-proofing. Sam came early and created a wonderful sound-proof booth in the second flat using the mattresses from Flat 3. The main Anjam translator, Sobu Waga, and his wife helped test the sound, and before the others arrived all of us on the Regional Centre staff went and had a look at the studio.’
There are many needs around the world for people to serve as ‘support staff’. The vacancies list shows a wide range of roles as diverse as a facilities manager in Ethiopia and a boat crewmen in Australia. Would you consider using your skills?
- Praise God for the successful recording in Anjam.
- Please pray for completion of the project soon so that Anjam people will be able to hear God’s Word and respond in obedience and faith.
Also pray for:
- Joe and Heather have faced some struggles recently. Pray for God’s grace and encouragement.
- Ask God to supply many people willing to take on support roles to enable God’s word to be translated around the world.
Have a look at some of the jobs that need to be filled in order for Bible translation to go ahead.