Are you a church leader looking for a short term mission trip?
Tyndale Bible Translator (TBT), like you, wants to develop in your church members a passion to live for God. Painting and building mission trips, which in previous decades were often undertaken by short term mission teams, are now almost always best accomplished by hiring local nationals who need the work in order to feed their families. The director of TBT actually had an entire evangelism ministry open up because God blocked his efforts to get several American short term construction teams to come help him. That resulted in him hiring nationals to do the construction and painting work, which resulted in some of the construction workers being saved. TBT needs churches who are training their people to serve in their own community. Is your church painting the houses of the widows in your church and the community? Is your church helping single mothers care for their children? Are you reaching the unlovely right where you are at? Are the high school and college students in your church reaching out to non-Christians or discipling others, helping with Vacation Bible School/Camp, Sunday School classes or youth groups? While it is more difficult these days getting police checks for church workers, it is a proven fact that the best long-term training for mission work and spiritual growth is to involve college and high school students in discipleship ministries. High school students can help teach Sunday School and college age students can help with the youth.
It is true that sometimes a short-term mission trip can jumpstart a spiritual life. However, in most cases, a short term mission trip runs on high adrenaline during its short duration, which is followed by an adrenaline letdown. It is better to build discipleship ministries, and to involve church members in longer-term local ministries, which develops the tenacity and skills in them that the church and missions like TBT need in those who serve with us. If you don’t know where to start, we suggest you contact the local police or fire chaplain, or an inner-city mission director who serve in your community, to discuss both short-term and long-term ministry outreaches. There is also a good book on making short term missions more impactful which you can get here:
Are you thinking of serving with Tyndale?
Missions have different personalities and focuses. Use what you are passionate about and willing to suffer for as a guide for choosing a mission. Missions is about dying to comfort and self, and going where God wants someone serving for months and years. You do not need to go on a short-term mission trip to become a long-term missionary. No airplane seat or ocean crossing will get you ready to be a missionary! What will get you ready is years of serving in the church and community that God put you in right now.
All missionaries who serve with Tyndale Bible Translators (TBT) are faith missionaries. TBT does not provide salaries. The people in the churches you have been involved in and served alongside are the ones God will use to tithe to help you go and serve elsewhere around the world. Your church’s mission committee may also choose to send those like you who have actively served in your church. Being a faith missionary, rather than a missionary on a salary, is part of learning to depend only on God. It is scary, but it will build your faith in amazing ways!
Tyndale Bible Translators serves alongside other missions, which also need auto mechanics, teachers, nurses and doctors, bookkeepers, electricians, and IT computer help desk experts. This is just a short list of team members needed to keep Bible Translation progressing. We are happy to also connect you to other missions and ministries that may be a better fit for you to serve with them.
Did you go to Bible School and you are wondering what to do with that education? TBT specifically needs Bible School or seminary graduates who are willing to serve cross-culturally.
Tyndale Bible Translators specifically needs Bible translation team facilitators. Your job as a Bible translation facilitator is not necessarily to focus on learning the language. Since Tyndale’s focus is on enabling nationals to be the “Tyndales” in their mother-tongue languages, we do whatever it takes to help them get the Bible translated. If the national team you are working with is busy teaching you the language, then that will take their focus off of translating the Bible. Yes, you can learn and will learn the language along the way, but in a more natural language learning setting. Your role will be to sacrifice your comfort so that others can succeed in the tasks that God is giving them. This job entails being the Bible translation team English dictionary and exegete to check for accurate meaning, computer troubleshooter, and the team finance manager. You will also be the Biblical researcher for Bible verses which are hard to translate. Because of the complexity and differences in languages, what looks like an easy verse in English may be extremely difficult to translate into a different language, which was developed without an alphabet or written language alongside the oral language.
Bible translation is not done in isolation from people. Therefore, you will get to grow in dealing with relationship issues. For example, it is not uncommon for a national team member to experience moral or other failures. You may need to work with the other team members and gain counsel from the relevant church leaders. Then speak on behalf of the team and ask the team member to step away from the translation team.
We will post links to some YouTube videos you can watch on the translation process as they are ready.
If you are interested in serving with Tyndale, please do the following before contacting us:
1. Are you willing to commit to three years (with the goal of a career)?
2. Read and pray over the listed Bible text. Can you abide by these Bible verses?*
3. Read our required reading list. There is a required reading list and a suggested reading list. **
4. Can you agree to and sign our Statement of Faith?*** Please see the “About Us” page.
5. Talk with your pastor about serving in missions and get guidance for your next steps to take.
Most of the TBT missionary staff is busy serving on the field. Please do not contact us until you completed all of the above requirements.
*2. Addictions are not necessarily just substance abuse or sexual in nature. Satan will do anything to distract you from God and serving others. TBT works with church leaders in local and national churches. Tyndale needs mature Christians to work alongside them as Bible translation facilitators. Serving alongside national Christians means that you may need to give up some of your rights. For example, in Papua New Guinea (PNG), drinking alcohol is viewed as a sin by most Christians; this means that if you serve with Tyndale in PNG, you will agree not to drink alcohol while you are anywhere within the country’s border. The standards which missionaries need to live by are higher than other believers. Please read the following Bible passages, then ask yourself if you struggle with any of these areas. If so, then please do not apply to Tyndale Bible Translators until you and your pastor are convinced you are ready.
Please read the following Bible passages: Romans 1:1-32, Romans 13:1-14, I Tim 5:22, and Titus 3:8-11.
**3. Read the required reading list. There is a required reading list and a suggested reading list and video list.
a. In the last five years, have you read the Bible through at least twice? We recommend reading it in different versions. If you have not, we recommend you read it through in the New American Standard Version (NASB) or the English Standard Version (ESV). Then read through the Bible a second time using the latest revision of i.e. the New Living Translation or the Contemporary English Version.
Required Reading List:
- From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions, by Ruth A. Tucker
- The Great Omission: A Biblical Basis for World Evangelism, by Robertson McQuilkin
- When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself, by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
- **** Can you agree to and sign Tyndale Bible Translators’ Statement of Faith?