Technology in Bible Translation

We live in an incredible time of technological advancement. Humans can send messages across the globe in seconds. There are literally billions* of updates, likes, tweets, messages, and texts sent and received every day. We can even utilize interplanetary communication to control robots on Mars. In the face of the radical changes introduced by this modern take on human interconnectedness and social networking, many wonder if our globalized path of advancement is good? Has technology pulled us together or pushed us apart? Are we forgetting what it is to be human? Have we left God behind?

Two-thousand years ago, in his own turbulent times of question and change, the apostle Paul encouraged his young mentee, Timothy, saying, “God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7). Here, at The Word for the World, we believe that we are empowered by the same spirit. We serve the same, unchanging God as did Paul, and we do not look forward with fear. Rather, with power, love, and self-control, we embrace the times in which we live knowing “that for those who love God all things work together for good” (Romans 8:28).

Over the course of obtaining a Diploma in Bible Translation, we help our translators find ways to use technology to bring glory to God. We train our translators in computer-aided translation. They receive tools to help create dictionaries, orthographies, and publications. When a community needs audio Bibles; or scripture for radio; or mother-tongue audio for films; or digital literacy resources; or access to resources from other projects, we find ways to partner, empower, and enable those efforts.

You may find it surprising to learn how much technology we use for translation in the developing world. Mobile computing and global connectivity have come to stay, and we cannot ignore it. Know that we take the discipleship of our translators seriously, and this means helping them and their communities discover Godly ways to use technology for the expansion of His Heavenly Kingdom.

God is not surprised by human advancement.

In TWFTW, we have a wide range of technophiles. We see translators pulling the plastic tape off a laptop for the first time, and have others writing project management software for their teams. God has been using new technologies to advance his kingdom for millennia, and our modernity is no different. Please join us in helping train translators who can help shape the unavoidable technological growth in their communities into something that is truly a light and life-giving blessing from God!

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Joel Brown

*Further reading for internet stats
https://www.brandwatch.com/blog/47-facebook-statistics/
http://www.internetlivestats.com/twitter-statistics/
http://www.pewinternet.org/2008/04/24/electronic-communication/