We need missionaries doing many types of ministries. What is it that God is calling you to do?
Besides Bible Translation Facilitators, Bible translation also needs auto mechanics, teachers, nurses and doctors, bookkeepers, electricians, sailors and IT computer help desk experts. This is just a partial list of team members needed to serve together in Bible translation. If you want to serve God with your skills, Tyndale Bible Translators would love to extend an invitation to you. Call us!
Sometimes missionaries already serving on a field need to find a new mission to be their sending agency. We welcome your inquiry if you have attempted to leave your current mission with a good relationship. If you want to continue in your current ministry role, or be involved in a new ministry, we will need to know if a partnership agreement wherever in the world you will serve can be established between TBT and the other ministry, if needed. Since you have proven service, TBT would ask that you do the following steps 1-4 and 7-8 on the ►Let’s Get Started! page. Then call us for a conversation before completing the application (step 9).
TBT Support personnel generally serve alongside or in other missionary agencies, such as an international school with agreements (often called secondment) between that agency and TBT.
Unless invited by another lead translation agency partner to serve in a New Testament project, TBT missionaries serving in language projects serve in New Testament Revisions or Old Testament translation projects.
Having trouble funding a New Testament revision or Old Testament translation project?
TBT would be happy to have you list your Bible Translation project with us so your ministry partners can give to help your translation project proceed and help you grow the partners praying and giving to your project.
If you are interested in going into mission service, we prefer at least a 2-year commitment. Please complete the steps on the ►Let’s Get Started! page.
You do not need short-term trip experience to become a long-term missionary. No airplane seat or ocean crossing gets anyone ready for overseas missions. But years of service in the church and community where God has you right now does make you ready.
Why Serve by Faith?
All who serve with Tyndale Bible Translators (TBT) are faith missionaries, which simply means TBT does not provide salaries. People and churches you are involved with and have served alongside are the ones God will use to tithe and help you serve elsewhere around the world. Your church mission committee may also choose to send those, like you, who have actively served in the church. Know that being a faith missionary, with no company salary, is part of learning to depend only on God. It is scary, but God builds your faith in amazing ways, as people want to be partners and send you!
Not Good at Learning Languages?
Did you go to Bible School? Do you wonder what to do with that education? TBT specifically needs Bible School or seminary graduates and those who have good Bible knowledge who love studying the Bible! Are you willing to serve cross-culturally as a Bible translation team facilitator? This job doesn’t focus on learning a foreign language. Since Tyndale’s focus is on enabling national people to translate in their own mother-tongue, we support and train them, to get their language Bible translated. (Teaching westerners the language takes their focus off of translating the Bible.) Yes, you can and will learn language along the way, but naturally, slowly.
Help National Translators?
If you serve as a Bible translation team facilitator, your role is to help others succeed in tasks God gives them. You will essentially be the team’s “English dictionary and exegesis,” explaining verses and word meanings and checking drafts for accurate meaning. You’ll troubleshoot computer needs and help with the team finances. You’ll also do Biblical research for hard-to-translate verses. Since languages are complex and diverse, easy verses in English may be difficult to translate into the language you are serving.
Missions often work together and partner overseas. TBT would be your home agency and may, with your permission, place you in a school (if you are a teacher), or another location where another mission also needs your skills.
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