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Hearing the Word—An Introduction to Oral Bible Translation

Hearing the Word—An Introduction to Oral Bible Translation

Did you know that 70%-80% of the world’s population are oral communities? That is about 5.7 billion people! Our vision at TWFTW is to complete first-time translations of the whole Bible in 1000 languages by 2050 and to help other translation agencies in as many other Bible translation projects as we can. Oral Bible Translation (OBT) is an essential part of moving towards this vision. We believe this compelling development will create a shift in emphasis from written to oral Bible translation...

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Loving God and Loving People Through Heart Language Bible Translation

Loving God and Loving People Through Heart Language Bible Translation

As we dive into a new year full of possibilities and exciting work in the world of heart-language Bible translation, we continue to hold on to God’s Word to us - to love Him with all our hearts, minds and strength, and to love one another. We are grateful for the wonderful opportunities to do both these things by empowering local nationals all around the world to learn how to translate the Bible into their own languages. In so doing, people hear the Gospel in their most natural tongue, and the...

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A Look Back

A Look Back

And just like that, 2023 is here! Happy New Year from TWFTW! 
 After a year of explosive growth in heart-language Bible translation, we praise God for His faithfulness and hand upon TWFTW. Join us as we look at 2022 in review. It is exhilarating to see our Father’s impact on people globally through the increasing reach of heart-language Bible translation. As we review 2022, we look at it through the lens of the vision of TWFTW. We have the vision of doing everything for the glory of God...

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Ordinary Christians Changing History

Ordinary Christians Changing History

WHEW! Christmas 2022 is over already?! What a year it has been for heart-language Bible translation and the expansion of the Gospel. It has been a heady mix of blessing and difficulty for many; but Christmas puts it into perspective as we synthesize it all. It seems counterintuitive, but in the hardship, blessings emerge. 2022 brought a mix of blessing and difficulty; however, knowing the messiness of our Savior’s birth gives us perspective to synthesize all our joys and sorrows throughout the...

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I Stand At The Gate and Call Out

I Stand At The Gate and Call Out

Imagine living in a village where the houses do not have doors. When you visit someone, there is no door to knock on or doorbell to ring when you arrive. Imagine houses with open doorways and a garden path that leads to a front gate made of bamboo or reeds. What use would your community have for the word or the concept of 'door'? A community living in Ethiopia called the Maale people live in such a place. Their language does not include the word or concept for 'door'. If you were a Bible...

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Thankfulness for Heart Language Bible Translators

Thankfulness for Heart Language Bible Translators

In this season of thankfulness leading towards Christmas, we would like to pause and take a moment to express heartfelt gratitude to God for the men and women He has equipped and called to heart language Bible translation work. In our last blog, we looked at the reality that for every translator there is a unique story. It is impossible to generalise what it is like to be a translator - but for every different story, there is also a common thread. In this time of thanksgiving, it is good to...

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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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