What I want you to know about Bible translation
This time of our journey has been full of opportunities to present what we are doing and talk about how God has led us to this point. There is a huge need around the world for Bible translation, but it can easily be overlooked.
I thought I knew that there was a need for Bible translation, but diving into this ministry has only shown me how much greater the need is than I even knew.
Imagine walking into a room and meeting someone for the first time. You immediately notice that they are different than you. Maybe they are taller or shorter. Maybe they are a different gender. Maybe they have a different skin color or are from a different country. There are a lot of things that can be different, but nothing creates a barrier with people like speaking a different language.
The moment you realize they speak a different language, you begin to think of this person as "other" in some way.
Often, we subconsciously assume they are less intelligent than us or don't hear as well. (Have you ever spoken more loudly at someone because they weren't speaking English?) There is simply a wall that now exists between the two of you that makes you seem inherently different.
Or, think of it in the opposite way. Have you ever been in a room full of people that don't speak English? The moment one person speaks in English, you have an instant connection. We are the same. We are one. It brings a comfort or a sense of "home" to your otherwise lonely situation.
There are millions of people in this world that see God as "other" in this way!
Many even assume God speaks a different language than they do. This barrier exists between them and the God that created them, and that is heart-wrenching. They view God as inherently different than them.
Our desire is for people to see God as home. He is their comfort and their safe place. He is the one that connects with them the way no one in this world can.
He must speak their language.
The good news is that He does! And God desires to be worshiped in every language too!
"Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples!" (Psalm 117:1)
"So that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:10-11)
"After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, 'Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!'" (Revelation 7:9-10)
Here's a short video about how having the Bible in their own language can make a huge difference in the church and in the community!
"You really feel that God is speaking to you because now we understand him better."
"God can hear us as we speak our language."
This is exciting to be a part of!