Banquet benefits Bible translation

Wycliffe Associates will host a banquet at 7 p.m. April 5 in Tulsa at the Crowne Plaza – Southern Hills Hotel  to promote its mission of translating the Bible into the native languages of all the people of the world. Rick Gray is the guest speaker.

The group will host a banquet in Enid on April 4, Tulsa on April 5, Claremore on April 7, Oklahoma City on April 8 and Norman on April 9.

In 2014, Wycliffe Associates developed and tested a new Bible translation strategy, MAST – Mobilized Assistance Supporting Translation. MAST equips national translators to take Bible translation into their own hands and bring God’s Word to their own people – in a fraction of the time it used to take.

According to their website, “From Africa to the Middle East, radical terrorists have God’s people in their sights. Violence is escalating in many regions of the world. Believers are crying out to have Scripture in their mother tongue. They need to hear those precious words of forgiveness and healing, of peace and strength, and of courage and help in the midst of their struggles.”

Wycliffe Associates President Bruce Smith said, regarding persecuted national translators he has met, “A Bible in their hands is like a target on their backs.”

The solution? Tablets for National Translators. Around the world computer tablets and smartphones are so commonplace that fewer authorities scrutinize what people are doing on their personal devices. Wycliffe Associates is adding Bible translation and other helpful applications to basic tablets and handing them to brave national Christians who want Scripture in their heart language.

For more information, go to www.wycliffeassociates.org.