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Here’s our latest newsletter. Click the images to get a pdf file.

EyreMail Mar 2011 page 1 EyreMail Mar 2011 page 2

Roy and Becky

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It’s become clear that Latins need to own the rest of the work.

My new friends Job and Mabel from Bolivia served in India and now spend their energy supporting and encouraging new Bolivian missionaries. They are very interested in going to Indonesia themselves in the near future. This couple were among a couple of dozen that met this week for leadership development and a fresh infusion of vision. I headed for the airport today realizing they have more vision than I do.

Several people throughout the week stated that if for some crazy reason Wycliffe were to abandon this vision to start translation in every language in this generation, it would still go on. These Latin and indigenous colleagues, a number of which have completed their own translations, are total believers. They feel the urgency personally. They know the power of the Bible to transform lives. They realize that they can do translation. And they have incredible faith that God can do the impossible.

I was humbled to spend a week with them. These are people Wycliffe is honored to partner with and serve alongside.

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109!

It’s been ten years since Wycliffe adopted Vision 2025, committing ourselves to see Bible translation started in this generation for every language still needing it. So how are we doing? Wrong question. It’s a lot more messy than “we,” as Bible translation movements have popped up all over the world. What we do know is this:

  • New Bible translation project starts last year, by far the largest ever recorded: 109! That’s one translation started every three days!
  • The largest number of language communities in history with at least one book of the Bible: 2,479.

Praise God! This is the greatest acceleration of Bible translation in history. Our president Bob Creson likes to say that we are the first generation who could see the last Bible translation started.

So, what’s the remaining task? About 2,250 language communities – a population about the size of the United States – still have no access to Scripture in their heart language. With 16 years to go, we’re still not at the pace we need to be, but God is moving!

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