The Value of the Bible
We believe that Bible translation is the most amazing discipleship and church growth method ever! The Bible, when translated well, never needs a furlough, and never gets sick. The Bible is the long-term cultural change agent that no missionary, video, or outreach can ever match.
William Tyndale not only translated the Bible, but published many influential writings that changed the English language and the world. We work as advisors facilitating national translators to become the “Tyndales” in their languages and cultures. While Bible translation and audio recording the Bible is our core activity, we also help national translators produce other books, videos, and audio recordings on topics appropriate to positively impact their uniquely different cultures. See the Kamano-Kafe sorcery video trailer here.
Going the Extra Mile
Other Bible Translation agencies focus on New Testaments for the 1,700 minority languages where there is no Scripture translation.
We specialize in the hard, the small, and the unpopular by facilitating and training minority people groups to be like William Tyndale, who revised Scriptures. We help them revise their New Testaments and translate the Old Testament so they can get the full Bible.
Because God made people, languages and cultures different, no “one size fits all” method works.
When I tried to read the old alphabet in Kamano-Kafe, people would laugh at me and tell me, ‘You are a church leader and you can’t read!’ Thank you for this new alphabet. Now I can read my own language easily.”
Kamano-Kafe church leader
Thank you for translating the Bible into my language. The Bible never made sense when the pastors read it in the trade language or English, but when my aunt was dying and we spent evenings listening to the Audibible [Scripture readings] in my own language, it made sense. I am a Christian now.”
Older village man
We helped this blind non-Christian get his own Scripture player. He listened and stopped swearing and accepted Christ. Now he smiles. He is changed!
Thank you for translating this Bible. I like to read the Bible in my language now.
We gave this crippled man a Scripture player. When we visited days later, he told us that he had been planning to burn his grass roof house down over himself. But after we left, he started listening to the Scripture player. He has become a Christian.
Women doing church visitation
We sing every week from the hymnbook you published in our language. Thank you!
The video on HIV/AIDs is helping us a lot, and people are now really working hard to take care of our orphans, too. Thank you!
James, thank you for translating the Bible into our language. I can read English well, but not well enough to understand the message of the Bible. Your work has helped me grow and learn things about God that I could not learn reading English or the trade language Bible.
The old ladies play their solar-powered Scripture players, and when the young people walk past their cook-house, they stop and turn around and sit down and listen. The old ladies are evangelizing the young people.
My brother, who lost both legs in a car accident, uses his solar player to hold church services. All the village outcasts go to his grass roofed house and listen to his player.
District church director
People used to sit around at night telling stories to each other about who was doing sorcery and who was killed by sorcery. Now they listen to their solar-powered Scripture players and go to sleep peacefully. Thank you, we are changing. This is really helping us!
Kamano-Kafe village pastor
No, don’t stop [translating]! We need the entire Bible!
We need more of the Old Testament; it is like our culture. We see ourselves in the Old Testament.
I don’t have any more solar Scripture players. Lots of people are asking me to get them one. Do you have any?
We Need Your Help
Please don’t leave a minority people only wishing they had God’s Word in a form they can read and hear. It is estimated that of the languages where foreign missionaries helped translate the first edition, within 20 years after the first translation, many of these minority language New Testaments are in need of: reprints or corrections to keep these New Testaments in use, or thorough revisions to get the New Testament in use for the very first time. This is a hard task. Will you be tenacious and join us in this God-sized task?