Bible translators' group to host Sumter event May 2

Wycliffe holds 450 banquets across U.S.

BY BRUCE MILLS
bruce@theitem.com
Posted 3/12/19

A well-known, international Bible-translating organization will be holding its regular banquet in Sumter this spring and is inviting the public to come see how new technologies are accelerating Bible translation across the globe.

Brent Nelson, …

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Bible translators' group to host Sumter event May 2

Wycliffe holds 450 banquets across U.S.

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A well-known, international Bible-translating organization will be holding its regular banquet in Sumter this spring and is inviting the public to come see how new technologies are accelerating Bible translation across the globe.

Brent Nelson, Southeast area director for Wycliffe Associates - with headquarters in Orlando, Florida - was in town Saturday to speak to a group of volunteers organizing the May 2 event.

Wycliffe holds about 450 city banquets across the U.S. every 18 months, Nelson said, where guests hear how God is working amid civil unrest, tribal wars and persecution against Christians to advance Bible translation faster than ever before.

With more and more regions of the world presenting real dangers to Christians and Bible translation efforts, Wycliffe is using technology to protect native Bible translators and equip local churches in the translation process, Nelson said.

The initiative, named Tablets for National Translators, places basic computer tablets loaded with Bible translation tools and other applications into the hands of translators, including those who live in high-risk areas, according to a Wycliffe news release.

The tablets' initiative facilitates security and is also accelerating the progress of Bible translation in conjunction with translation workshops.

According to Wycliffe President and Chief Executive Officer Bruce Smith, the workshops teach a pioneering new method to Bible translators resulting in translating books of the Bible in parallel faster than ever before while maintaining the highest levels of accuracy and quality.

"This groundbreaking technology, together with the workshops, cuts years off of Bible translation," Smith said. "Tablets for National Translators turns years into months."

Nelson said the Sumter event will include new video clips from the field and missionary story-telling from Papua New Guinea.

Wycliffe was founded in 1967, and through its work, its goal is to get the Bible completed in all languages by 2025, he said.

"We invite people to come see what that looks like," Nelson said.

At the end of the night, there is an opportunity to give to a Bible-translation project, he said.

Dinner reservations are required for the event. Nelson said interested individuals can call him for complimentary tickets to the event. His toll-free number is (866) 461-0197. The reservation deadline is April 28.

The banquet on May 2 will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at New Beginning Banquet Hall, 1335 Peach Orchard Road. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.