September 30 is Bible Translation Day, a holiday officially recognized in the United States since 1966. It was during that time that Wycliffe founder Cameron Townsend shared an idea with Oklahoma Senator Fred Harris, his friend of several years. “September 30 is St. Jerome’s Day. He’s the first translator of the whole Bible. I thought maybe we could get the House and Senate to pass a resolution calling for the president to proclaim September 30 as Bible Translation Day.” The motion was approved, and now, almost 50 years later, we want to take a moment to look at how far Bible translation has come through this series of pictures titled, “Bible Translation, Then and Now.”
Archive for September, 2015
The staff at Wycliffe Bible Translators USA extend our heartfelt congratulations to Bishop Claude Alexander, Jr., his wife, Dr. Kimberly and their two daughters, Camryn and Carsyn on the 25th anniversary of his pastoral ministry at The Park Church.
Bishop Alexander is a member of the board of directors of Wycliffe Bible Translators USA.
Don’t forget to RSVP for Wycliffe’s Scripture Celebration, taking place on September 30 at 10 a.m. EDT! Visit wycliffe.org/celebrate to RSVP and be sure to bookmark this page, as it will be where the live-stream celebration takes place.
We also encourage you to invite your family and friends to participate in the celebration as well! This will be a time of rejoicing and worshipping God for all that he’s done around the world. We will have the opportunity to hear stories about God’s faithfulness and provision from language communities who have recently received Scripture in their languages.
This is a celebration that you don’t want to miss! Share this event invitation with everyone you know so that they can experience the joy that comes from knowing God, too.
Park and Betty Kriner were introduced to Wycliffe in 1962 at a missions conference. While there, they met Arlo and Vi Heinrichs, a couple serving as Bible translators in Brazil. The Heinrichs stayed with the Kriners for a time and a friendship began. “When these people stayed in our home, we became like family with them. Knowing Arlo and Vi and their kindness and zeal got us excited, especially when we heard the story of how Wycliffe was founded. We had specific information about many tribes that hadn’t been reached and how many were being translated at that time. That got us interested in giving.”
A particular aspect of Wycliffe’s work closely matched their interest: aviation. So in 1965 the Kriners, along with their pastor, raised $120,000 to purchase a Helio Courier for Wycliffe. Park says, “I’m a pilot so I was interested in the jungle aviation and radio part of Wycliffe’s ministry. We went around to little churches where we lived in Idaho and took faith promises. In one year we bought the aircraft and sent it down to South America. We named it ‘The Spirit of Idaho.’”
Right away Park was impressed with Wycliffe’s stewardship of donated funds. “Through our research we found that Wycliffe is very frugal with spending the money that they’re given — they don’t waste it. A very high percentage goes right to the mission field to support people on the front lines who are sharing the gospel. We’re business people so we thought that was a good place to invest in eternity.”
So when it came time for estate planning, Park and Betty — who now live in Glenallen, Alaska — met with a Wycliffe Foundation representative and chose to include Wycliffe Bible Translators in their bequest. “When we go on to our eternal home, a portion of our estate is going to Wycliffe. We feel really comfortable with that. We think it’s one of the best organizations in the world. They’re getting the job done in places where nobody else will go.”
Park thinks giving is one of the greatest rewards you can experience as a Christian. He says, “What a blessing it is to give! We’re the ones that receive the blessing, not those that receive the funds. God supplies the money and we do with it what we think he wants us to do. So that’s what we have enjoyed through the years, giving to Wycliffe. Instead of just sending a check off every month, Bible translation became part of our life. Having that association with Wycliffe has really been a spiritual blessing to both my wife and me.”
If you’d like to learn more about including Wycliffe in your own estate plans through a will or trust, or by way of a beneficiary designation on an account, retirement plan or life insurance policy, please contact us (toll-free) at 1-877-493-3600 or visit wycliffefoundation.org.
“Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens! May your glory shine over all the earth” (Psalm 57:5, NLT).
Did you know that Wycliffe will be hosting a Scripture Celebration on September 30 at 10 a.m. EDT? This celebration will take place in Orlando, Florida, but you can join us, no matter where you live, through live-stream on our webpage.
You might be wondering what exactly a Scripture Celebration is, so we’ll tell you! As communities receive the translated Bible — whether in part or in whole — they plan big celebrations to mark the occasion. It’s a time of rejoicing and praising God for the amazing gift of being able to understand what his Word says in their own language.
So on September 30, we’re hosting our own Scripture celebration in Orlando to rejoice with those who have recently received God’s Word in their own languages. And we want you to be a part of it! During the celebration, you will hear stories about God’s faithfulness, see pictures of different dedications and watch videos from various language communities around the world. The most exciting thing about this event is that we get the opportunity to rejoice, as the body of Christ, with our brothers and sisters who have received God’s Word in their own language. And that’s definitely something worth celebrating!
We encourage you to share information about the event with your friends, supporters and family members so they have the opportunity to join us through the live-stream as well. Encourage them to RSVP at wycliffe.org/celebrate so they can receive a reminder of the event as it gets closer. You won’t want to miss out on this amazing event!
Five days. 16,000 people. More than 250 different organizations. One program. Urbana 15.
People walk away from this experience changed.
Bethany was one such person. She attend Urbana 12 to learn more about missions and talk with organizations about potential job opportunities. Both her father and grandfather attended Urbana when they were young and were impacted by the conference.
While there, Bethany connected with volunteers at the Wycliffe booth and learned more about the vast opportunities available. And as she began applying for jobs in the coming months, Wycliffe was one organization she contacted. Soon she was working at the Wycliffe Orlando headquarters in the marketing department, telling more people just like her about all the ways they can support Bible translation.
Maybe you, like Bethany, will be able to see God’s next steps for your life through Urbana.
But what exactly is this experience, and why should you even consider attending it? For almost 70 years, InterVarsity has hosted this student mission conference every three years, inspiring young people from across the world with a vision for what God is doing around the world and how they can be a part of it. Students walk away from this conference having spent time reflecting, praying, worshipping, hearing from God and discerning next steps for their lives.
So is Urbana right for you? Ask yourself these questions: Do I have a heart for the nations? Am I interested in learning how God can use me to make his name known among the nations? Is my calendar open from December 27-31? If you answered yes to any (or all) of these questions, and are at least 17 years old, then Urbana 15 could be just the experience you need!
Wycliffe is participating in Urbana 15, and we want to encourage you and anyone you know to come and meet us there! We believe in the life-changing impact of this conference so much that we’re sponsoring 20 students who want to participate. If you apply and are chosen, you’ll get several benefits, including a discount on the registration fee! Check out this website to learn how to apply for the sponsorship.
Still not sure you want to give up part of your Christmas break to attend Urbana? Visit the Urbana website and let them tell you more about what to expect and how to register for the conference.
Come experience a movement that is sure to change your life. You won’t regret it!
Children play at sundown on a seldom-used airstrip in Sen Momorom, a picturesque mountain town in eastern Cambodia. Ari, the photographer, says that this image is very special to him because of the way the local kids were arranged perfectly at the split second when the shutter opened. He recognizes he had no control over the composition except for his timing.
Remarkable photography often happens this way. You work hard to be in the right place at the right time with the right equipment, and yet, there is another element which makes you feel like the image was merely a gift to you. It is as though God created it and just sent you there to collect it.
God is at work in Cambodia. The translation team for the Central Mnong people currently ask for your prayers as they prepare their New Testament for printing and audio recordings. They’ve been working hard but realize that only God can create the kind of impact that they hope for in their community. Read their prayer request here.
Photo by Ari Vitikainen
Written by Elyse Patten