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Food for the soul or food for termites: impact assessment September 6, 2014

Posted by P, J, or J in Uncategorized.
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Clip from OneBook video

“If we don’t have literacy or scripture engagement programs the result will be that what we translate will not be useful to people and it will be food for termites” Beatrice Konfe-Tiendrebeogo, ANTBA, Burkina Faso

There are lots of hard hitting statements in this excellent video from One Book.

Does Bible translation into mother tongue actually transform indigenous people groups?

Over 5,400 people were interviewed in 18 language groups across Cameroon and Burkina Faso. The results were analyzed, reports written and shared around the world. You can read the report and see the video here http://onebook.ca/resources/impact/

If the Bible is not in a language you understand, you are going to struggle to engage with the Bible, so Bible translation is essential for many communities but translation alone doesn’t always mean the scripture will be accessible or accepted.

In October I’ll be going to some meetings in Nairobi looking at how we come up with global figures for remaining Bible translation needs. I still spend a lot of time looking at data. This enables Wycliffe to talk about progress and remaining needs (see Wycliffe.net/statistics – due to be updated early November). Looking at the data also means that hard questions can be asked that have always been the bread and butter of Jennifer’s career. Do we have the information we need? Is our work achieving what we think it is achieving? What are we and our partners doing right? What can we do better?

When applied to Christian churches, organisations, and individuals they are always be accompanied by additional questions.

What is God doing? Are we watching, listening and following?





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