Bible Translation Acceleration Amid Persecution

Sunday, March 24th, 2019

Eighty Nigerian pastors have attended a Bible translation conference in their country at a time of severe persecution of the sizeable Christian population.

Islamist militancy continues to escalate in Nigeria.

The conference, hosted by Wycliffe Associates, was designed to implement the Mobilized Assistance Supporting Translation (MAST) strategy among local translators.

Wycliffe CEO Bruce Smith told Worthy News, the MAST strategy is accelerating Bible translation beyond anything they could have imagined.

MAST focuses on equipping local Christians with digital technologies and translation tools that enable the local church to do most of the translation work.

It is the method which Wycliffe hopes to use to achieve its goal of translating the Bible into every language by 2025.

Experts estimate that more than half of Nigerians cannot speak English and that 250 of Nigeria’s 500 languages are without a mother-tongue Bible translation.

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