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 Far from the maddening crowd and health care rancor

By Stan Jeter
CBN News Senior Poducer
Monday, November 23, 2009

BIBLE TRANSLATORS BRING GOD'S WORD IN NATIVE TONGUES

There are still more than 2,200 people groups without a Bible in their own language, according to Wycliffe Bible translators.

Now, the organization is working with partners around the world to make sure everyone has the Word of God in the language they grew up with. Many translations are under way, and Wycliffe hopes to be working on the last of the remaining languages by the year 2025.

In the country of Panama, one native language is nearing completion.

Almost 40 years ago, a British missionary canoed into a remote area of Panama with a proposal for the local chief. Could he and his family live among the tribe to learn their language and tell them about someone called Jesus?

The answer, however, was no.

"I just sat in our canoe that was tied up at the river bank and I just wept before the Lord," recalled Wycliffe translator Keith Forster. "I mean, I bawled my heart out. Imagine that here I'd given up my home, my country, my career, everything."

After years of training, and obstacles, Forster's mission had abruptly ended -- or had it? As a parting gift, Forster offered a picture of his family and told the chief they were on a mission with a purpose.

"We were sent by God to take his letter and translate it for you so you, too, could understand.," Forester said. "So in the future, when your children ask us 'What is God like?' You will have to say to them, 'I don't know."

The chief changed his mind, and Forster and his wife settled among the Kunas, learned the language, and more than twenty years later, gave the tribe their own New Testament.

As the Word of God was translated into their own language, many Kunas decided to follow Jesus. And although, as Panamanians, most speak Spanish, it's the Kuna Bible that speaks to their hearts.

"Like Mandela said, talk to the people in the language you can understand, it's going to head. But talk the language, his own language, the word is going to the heart," said Kuna translator Lino Smith.

Smith was part of the team that translated the Bible. Another Kuna leader with weak eyesight, appreciates his large-print edition of the translated Bible.

"When I feel weak it gives me strength," said Kuna missionary John Kennedy Morales. "I feel loved and I can carry on."

Morales works as a missionary in a village called Tabardi.

"I use the Kuna Bible, because that's the way they understand better," Morales said.

Today, the translation team is revising the translation of the Old Testament, completing one more project in the task of giving every tribe and nation, God's word in their own language.


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David Winter

 2009/11/24 11:59Profile
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 Re: Far from the maddening crowd and health care rancor

This is a very interesting post...more so then normal.

Last night I read for the first time a story about these people, not even knowing they existed before.

I got the book "Flying Canada" by Dr. Clair E. Schnupp on Tuesday night. Schnupp and his family have been involved in the north, Canadian north ministering to the Inuit people for close to 50 years, I think. They travel from Inuit community to another that are in remote areas by plane. Schnupp and his family were trained pilots. In the book he details 'flying stories,' some very hair-raising, so bad you know the reason they survived is because of God's protection.

Anyhow, he reports how they took their "Family Life Seminar" to the Kuna tribe at the request of Lino Smith. Clair's testimony of their time with them is "This time with the Kuna people was the best and most enjoyable flying and teaching of my career. The Kuna people took good care of us". (p. 90)

God can and does change people. The love that exists in the hearts of His people will transcend cultures, language. Awesome, is it not?

ginnyrose


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