A missionary is seeing first-hand how new technology is accelerating the trace of Bible translation like never before.
Mark Thrash works with Wycliffe Associates traveling the world installing hi-tech computer equipment for national translators in an effort to greatly expedite the process. He says it used to take 20 to 40 years to translate the Bible in a heart language, but now it can be done in weeks.
Thrash tells OneNewsNow about an experience with 121 church leaders in a Southeast Asian country.
"They worked 8-12 hours a day for a month, and they got a solid draft of the entire Bible, Old and New Testament, done," he details. "I don't know about you, but that completely blows my mind."
And he believes that demonstrates how God's Word is a treasure.
"Having it in a language that speaks to our heart is a huge privilege and responsibility," the missionary submits. "God has given us this thing not so that we can add it to our collection on a book shelf, but He wants to communicate His truth with us."
Wycliffe Associates anticipate teaching 1,000 new Bible translation workshops next year using their rapid-translation method, and Thrash says conservative estimates have them on track to start 400 translations in 2017.