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What It Takes To Be a Translator

What It Takes To Be a Translator

God Created a Space For Me "I see how God created a space for me. When God first organized my life so that I would meet Mr Kapasa, who told me about mother-tongue Bible translation, I was given the task to be an interpreter because they already had chosen translators to train with the DBT [Diploma in Bible Translation]. They didn't need me as another translator; but, God used this situation to build good working relationships with TWFTW, and they could see that I was serious and committed....

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It is Possible (Part 3)

It is Possible (Part 3)

In part 1 and part 2 of this series, we looked at how God has both called and equipped His followers throughout history and that the call often seemed impossible. What makes the call to heart-language Bible translation work exciting is that it is both a tangible and visible outworking of the Great Commission. The challenge is the sheer number of language groups without Scripture in their own languages is 3799! Additionally, even in 2022, with so much information available, a significant lack...

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It is Possible (Part 2)

It is Possible (Part 2)

Holy Spirit-empowered skillful hands, willing hearts and hardworking feet - this was the picture we looked at in our last blog. We also heard from a Diploma in Bible Translation (DBT) graduate who hadn’t believed it was possible for him to become a Bible translator because of his circumstances. He testified to the truth of how he had been spurred on in hope that while standing in God’s grace, and with a little bit of hard work, it was possible! Some of us, like that DBT graduate, may feel...

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It is Possible! (Part 1)

It is Possible! (Part 1)

Since the beginning of time, God has been revealing the truth of Himself to mankind, and He has sought to be with us. He always has wanted His children to know Him, to be in a relationship with us, and for us to work alongside Him in order to take this knowledge and this living relationship to the four corners of the earth. He continues to reach out to His people and calls us into this love relationship of obedience through faith. It is amazing to think that God continuously has chosen to do...

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Why The Heart Language

Why The Heart Language

Many people in majority language groups, like English speakers, find it difficult to understand the challenges that people in minority language groups face. There are things that English speakers like us would not even think about – for example, traveling. Often, we assume that we will be able to travel without too many problems even in countries where English is not the main language. In contrast, minority language speakers experience challenges like, in some cases, needing to use a different...

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Does God Still Speak?

Does God Still Speak?

One of the greatest blessings of our lives as Christians is that we know, understand and rejoice that God speaks. If we stop for a moment and think about it: If He didn’t reveal Himself to us, and tell us who He is and what He is like, how could we ever have any knowledge of Him at all? There would be no way! It would be like a little ant trying to know about Mars - it would never be! But, in His great wisdom, God uses language. In the beginning, He spoke our entire universe into being; and to...

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The Whole Bible is the Gospel

The Whole Bible is the Gospel

One of the great joys of Bible translation work is the translators’ first-hand experience of being part of bringing God, through His Word, to their own people and seeing Him change lives. Time and time again, we hear how moved people are that God would actually come to them and bring them His word in their heart languages so they can see, experience and know God personally. When someone is called by God to come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit creates a thirst and hunger...

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Bible Translation into the Luyana Mother Tongue

Bible Translation into the Luyana Mother Tongue

A little while ago we introduced you to Mubita who is one of TWFTW’s translators in the Western Province of Zambia. He is part of the Luyana people. His testimony of how God introduced him to learning the Bible in his own language is a wonderful example of a transformed life by the power of God’s Word. Through the power of the Holy Spirit working in his heart through the Luyana Bible translation he read, he knows in his innermost being that God is his God and speaks his language. The Luyana...

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Why is Bible Translation Important?

Why is Bible Translation Important?

What began as a God-given dream from December 1979 and culminated on a warm summer's day in Pretoria (South Africa) back in January 1981 has become a time where we at The Word For The World express amazement and joy at what God has done over the past 40+ years. It is profound to think about what God is accomplishing in the lives of so many through His enduring Word - bringing it to them in their heart language. For those of us who were not part of the dawn of TWFTW, it can be difficult to...

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Living Before the Face of God

Living Before the Face of God

Coram Deo is a beautiful Latin phrase that succinctly encapsulates the essence of the Christian life. It means living our lives before the face of God. It refers to something that takes place in the presence of, or before the face of, God. To the Christian, this is the aroma of Christ. This is the awe-inspiring, knee-wobbling reality that the God of the universe, the Almighty, the great I AM, is, in fact, our Father in heaven. To the follower of Christ, living Coram Deo is walking in the...

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