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We often underestimate the power of prayer to change the world around us. But as the examples in this video show, our prayers can help change people’s lives in significant ways. And just by praying, you can help people get a Bible translation in their language.

Visit wycliffe.org/prayer to learn how you can start impacting lives through prayer today!

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When Luke Elliott graduated high school, he didn’t know what he wanted to study in college, but he had a strong interest in missions. So after talking with his pastor, he decided to spend a year working with Wycliffe missionaries in Papua New Guinea, learning more about overseas missions and discovering his own strengths and interests.

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On Saturday, Sept. 27 Bob Creson presented Bobby Gruenewald with the 2014 Scripture Impact Award at LifeChurch.tv’s Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, campus. Bobby is a pastor and innovation leader at LifeChurch.tv, where he explores new ideas and searches for practical ways to leverage them for the global church. In that capacity, he founded and oversees YouVersion, a smartphone app that provides free access to more than 1,000 versions of Scripture in more than 700 languages. Since it was launched in 2008, YouVersion has been downloaded more than 153 million times.

Bobby received the award in recognition of his contributions to Scripture engagement and to bring an end to Bible illiteracy.

“As Wycliffe USA advances rapidly toward our goal of seeing a Bible translation project in progress in every language still needing one by 2025, we’re increasingly mindful of the importance of finding innovative ways to expand access to and opportunities to engage with those translations,” Creson said. “Bobby Gruenewald and his team at LifeChurch.tv have revolutionized the way people all around the world access Scripture in the language they know and understand best. We’re honored to recognize their contributions to the global church with the 2014 Scripture Impact Award, and we look forward to continuing to work with Bobby and his team.”

IMG_6523Wycliffe USA created the Scripture Impact Award in 2003 to honor the late Dr. Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ International (now Cru in the U.S.), in celebration of his love for the Lord and the Scriptures. The award commends men and women who have a passion for the Bible and demonstrate a personal commitment of mind, will, resources and influence to see that God’s Word reaches, engages and changes people.

“Bobby has a unique passion and vision for using technology as a tool for missions and for building Christ-centered relationships,” said Craig Groeschel, senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv. “His gifts and his commitment to using them for God’s glory are a blessing not only to LifeChurch.tv but to the global church.”

In celebration of the Scripture Impact Award to Gruenewald and YouVersion’s partnership with Wycliffe Bible Translators, LifeChurch.tv wrote a devotional for YouVersion called “The Impact of Scripture.” LifeChurch.tv and Wycliffe translated the devotional into five additional languages – Spanish, Chinese Traditional & Simplified, Korean and Brazilian Portuguese - some of the most popular languages in the Bible app.

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In the late 1980s, John and Bonnie Nystrom came alongside several men from Arop village in Papua New Guinea to translate the Bible into the local language. But a decade later, a massive tsunami took the lives of many in Arop village, including one of the translators.

Wycliffe Bible Translators is proud to present this short film about the Nystrom family and the sacrifice, teamwork and faith of the Aitape West Translation Project team in the face of tragedy. We encourage you to set aside an evening to watch it with your family, or share it with your church and other members of your community. Grab a cup of coffee or some popcorn and enjoy this film together! And don’t forget to download the accompanying discussion questions so your group can further engage with the Arop story.

Visit wycliffe.org/arop for more information about the film and translation project.

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We’re thrilled to introduce our latest video—Portrait of Bible Translation!

Bible translation takes more than just translators. It’s a team effort, and many service roles are in areas you would probably never expect. Watch this video to find out how God can use you to reach people with His Word. And if you believe Bible translation takes a diverse team, please share the video with your friends!

 

Visit wycliffe.org/go to find your place in Bible translation.

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Manjak Bible translators and literacy specialists in Senegal work in partnership to ensure that when the translation is finished, the Manjak people will be able to understand it and apply the Gospel to their lives.

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More than two decades ago, leaders from the Dibiyaso language group of Papua New Guinea (PNG) asked SIL* to send someone to start a Bible translation in their language. But with hundreds of similar needs all around PNG, no one was available to help!

Finally, this January a decision was made to begin a cluster project in the Bamu River region of PNG that will help the Dibiyaso and four neighboring languages get God’s Word.

Cluster projects like this one are becoming increasingly popular because of the way they share resources across multiple languages, helping communities take ownership of their own projects and complete translations sooner.

To learn more about this exciting approach to Bible translation, check out this video about a project that’s already well underway.

Please join us in praying for the hundreds of remaining translation needs in PNG—that God would continue to open new doors of opportunity like cluster projects so everyone can experience the blessing of God’s Word!

*Wycliffe’s primary strategic partner

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