Even during social distancing, you can still have a worldwide reach.
In the new reality COVID-19 has created, it might seem that everything is on hold. But now, more than ever, people need the living hope found in Scripture. Our mission is for every people group around the world to have Scripture in their language in this generation. More than 2,000 languages in the world are without a single verse. Where will they turn for comfort? They need to hear the words that give us hope, the words that assure us of God’s goodness and faithfulness.
Trials force us to look to God alone for His direction and plan. The greater the challenge—when confronted creatively and yielded to a faithful God—the greater the opportunity for solving it in a way that brings Him glory.
In spite of the global pandemic, our Bible translation teams are still working. However, it hasn’t been easy. Many have experienced delays and disruptions: workshops have been postponed, travel halted, and consultants prevented from attending a translation check in person. But because of our focus on innovation and technology, all our translation projects have a web presence. This allows them to work remotely and connect with needed consultants through digital platforms. The work continues because the hope of the Scripture is needed now more than ever.
If this had happened seven years ago, we would have seen Bible translation projects completely cut off; instead, they continue to move forward. Consultant training and translation continues. The innovation of technology placed into existence years ago has proven effective allowing us to partner with nationals in new and better ways.
Our partners are continuing the work, and we must redouble our commitment to them. We, like so many others, have responded by protecting our teams. Travel bans and social distancing are being used to curb the spread of the virus. Nonetheless, our steadfast support speaks loudly—not only of our confidence in them, but our confidence in our God to complete the good work He started (Philippians 1:6).
When you look at our translators, some of whom are not yet believers, and for those communities still waiting for Scripture, it’s easy to see how this new trial might be the vessel God uses to draw others to Himself.
For example, Uche Aaron on the Ekajuk project reports:
I am staying in the house of one of the translators, and I am overwhelmed by what the Lord has done in his life in particular, and in the Ekajuk project in general. This young man gave his life to Christ through the translation during one of my visits, and now he is training to become a translation consultant one day. He is leading his family to come to the Lord, following in his footsteps. I am also seeing changes in the lives of some of the team members. So, with or without coronavirus … God is at work through the translation of His Word into the languages of the people, so we should not stop.
Invitation to Pray
Most of us have more time on our hands today than before. What an amazing opportunity to use this time to go before God in prayer on behalf of those without His Word. You may be isolated in your home, even now, but you can have a worldwide reach. You can touch the lives of the Bibleless around the globe.
- Please pray for our national partners and translation teams that are struggling with the same unknowns that we do.
- Some might currently be ill or struggling with ailing family members.
- Restrictions on team travel will likely challenge project progress, but this will not stop us from providing the life-giving Word of God.
We are so blessed to have Scripture others don’t. Let’s be strategic in getting God’s Word into the hands of others so that they, too, have real hope. We are confident, like Joseph in the Old Testament, that God will turn our circumstances for good (Genesis 50:20). That’s the God we love and serve. Let us not lose hope!
Download Prayer Guide
When you become a prayer partner, you’ll receive our FREE prayer guide. We hope you will use it to become a catalyst for millions to experience God’s love for the very first time. You’ll also to receive real-time prayer alerts from around the globe a few times a month.
Empower your prayer time with:
- Specific prayer points for 12 key areas.
- Scripture-based prayers to recite.
- Stories of life transformation from around the world.
COVID-19 Relief Fund
If you’d like to give to the COVID-19 Relief Fund, you can provide much needed financial help for field partners, translation teams and interns as they manage the COVID-19 crisis. Your investment covers additional expenses we expect to incur related to enhanced technology needs and staff support for field partners to increase resiliency and mitigate any potential slowdown in translation. In the chance of team members contracting the virus, the fund would also be used to offer a gift of benevolence.