26 Oct

Does Bible translation make a difference?

I went on an EPIC road trip the other week: 850 total miles! About 24 of those were spent driving/waiting for the road block boys to let us go through. We managed to visit a couple of folks in Niger state, north western Nigeria, who are are helping to run projects in that neck of the woods.  

While I was in one of those locations I met a man who made my heart jump for joy. He loves his language. He wants others to love his language. He understands the Bible best in his language and wants to help others do the same.

I shot a wee video of him sharing what he is up to. He has some amazing testimonies to share!

 

View on Youtube

25 Jan

Off to Nigeria Part 1 – Why Wycliffe?

Why Wycliffe?

We are heading to Nigeria with Wycliffe, but why Wycliffe and not one of the other organisations?

In short – The bible.   We know in our lives just how just important the Bible is.  At different times it is a source of invaluable wisdom, comfort and inspiration.  It is also the best way we know to get to know God better.  I find that the inspiration often comes when we least expect it, but also when we most need it!  The Bible is a lifeline.

In a world of nearly 7 billion people and around 7000 languages we find it a travesty that not everyone has access to scripture.  How are they supposed to find that wisdom, comfort and inspiration.   How are they supposed to get to know God better and live a life that is honouring to him?

We have literally a hundred versions of the Bible in English but there are only 430 completed in other languages.  There are still 2500 translation projects that need starting all over the world.  The work Wycliffe is currently involved in, will impact around 2.5 Billion people.

Wycliffe’s Vision is to see a world where every single person has access to a Bible in the language that best speaks to their heart, sometimes that is called ‘mother tongue’  the most natural language that we understand best.  Why?  well because untill people have it in that language, they simply will not get the full meaning of God’s message of love for them.

Did you know that you probably only know about 80%  all the words in english?  Some people ask why we just don’t teach everyone English, after all everyone use it on the internet these days.  Well, there are 2 problems with that.

1 – it is not the most used language on the web, chinese is.
2 – if we taught them, they would only get to about 40 – 50% of all the english, so much would be missed!

Maybe you haven’t considered the impact of not understanding every word of your Bible.   Take John 3:16 for example:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only son, so that whoever believes in him, shall never die but have eternal life”

27 words in that version.   So on the basis that you only understood 80% the words there,  you wouldn’t have understanding of the 5 most difficult words in that verse.  What are the 5 hardest words to understand? (you can comment below if you don’t agree with those ones)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only son, so that whoever believes in him, shall never die but have eternal life”

If you remove them from the verse, what would you end up with?

“For God so the, that he gave his one and only son, so that whoever in him, shall never die but have life”

You might be able to get the gist, but you would certainly miss the full true meaning behind the verse.  You really need to read it in the language you understand best.

Despite Wycliffe Bible Translators being established in 1942, in the past 10 years there has been a big shift in approach to the global task.  This was prompted by a challenge presented to our organisation at our tri-annual international conference.   It was called “vision 2025”, – to see a Bible translation program begun in every language that needs one by the year 2025.  Here is a short video about that.

Wanting to respond to that challenge, we’re heading to Nigeria!

13 Dec

Scripture in mission

We live in an ever-changing world and I LOVE technology and I love seeing how things change and adapt and I am often surprised by how far behind the rest of the technological world, mission agencies can be. Not all parts of every mission agency are in the dark ages by any means! One example is Wycliffe and it’s partners helping to provide scripture on mobile phones and listening devices. Freddie Boswell (The Executive director of SIL international, SIL is one of Wycliffe’s partners in Bible Translation) was one of the many delegates at the recent Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, and he participated in a cool sketch designed to challenge the mindset that it is “all about the printed word”

15 Nov

Fab Video from Nigeria

This is the second in a series of videos produced by Wycliffe USA.  I met Chris and Chrissy when i was out in Nigeria back in January.   I look forward to hanging out with them, and quite possibly working closely with Chris on the project funding stuff.

Meet the Winkler’s — Part 2 from Wycliffe USA on Vimeo.

I hope our first few weeks are a bit easier than theirs!

18 Sep

iPhone facetime

example of iPhone facetime function

OKay Okay, I’ll stop going on about it soon!   But yesterday I had my first opportunity to try out the iPhone’s much talked about ‘facetime’ .  The idea isn’t new, video calling has been around almost as long as phones have had cameras.  As one of the first user of Skype that i knew of, (which was pretty pointless at the time, as other people did also need to use skype to make it any use),   iPhone’s face-time is a bit like that too.   It only works with other iPhone 4 users, something not in abundance in my circle!

The quality of the picture is greatly limited by the quality of the camera on the front of the phone, which is MUCH less that the on one the back.   Yes it is nice to see people, but you also have to be connected to WiFi.   It doesn’t work when you are on the road in the middle of nowhere.  but also doesn’t cost you a packet of data time.  So for people who aren’t good at managing their bill, you can’t accidentally end up owing a fortune!

You can switch cameras in the middle of the call, which is cool if you want to show the other person something, but lighting is a major issue.  You need to be in a place with good lighting.  My phone call buddy,  was in his lounge in which they use lamps around the edge of the room, every turn of the phone caught a different lamp which decreased the quality of the picture.  Having said that it switches to speaker phone mode, and the quality of the call was excellent!

But basically if you have to be connected to Wifi, to see any MAJOR advantages over soem of the other software adn other apps that are out there.   There isnt’ much advantage over using skype, which quite frankly allows you to use a camera, and you can connect with  WAY MORE people!

23 Jun

Israel Houghton

Israel was also at the Big Church Day Out in May, i finally edited his press conference video. His testamony was AWESOME.

09 Sep

Future of church?

I was sent thing video, very amusing at first, but actually a very good serious well produced video. This is why we need more youth workers!

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