Wycliffe Bible Translators at Victoria

Wycliffe Bible Translators came to Victoria

We were delighted to welcome Eddie Arthur, the UK Executive Director of Wycliffe Bible Translators, to be the special guest at the World Mission Weekend 29th - 30th January. Eddie has worked as part of the translation team for the Kouya New Testament in Ivory Coast and as the National Director for a Wycliffe partner organisation in Ivory Coast and Mali.

The vision of Wycliffe Bible Translators is that by 2025, together with partners worldwide, they aim to see a Bible translation programme begun in all the remaining languages that need one. Wycliffe exists to serve the worldwide church, partnering with churches and individuals to make the Bible available to every people group. The aim of Wycliffe is to partner with others to carry out Jesus' command to make disciples of all nations.

Eddie Arthur

open quotes I can see why it would seem crazy to set about translating the Bible for people who are suffering from starvation and war. People in those sorts of situations have urgent needs and as Christians we should be moved to help them, but, this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t seek to bring the Gospel to them. Evangelism and social action go hand in hand.

However, simply addressing peoples’ needs in the short term does not normally solve their problems. As the old saying goes; give a man a fish and you feed him for a day: teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. I believe that the Gospel, or in this specific case, Bible translation are part of the process of ‘teaching people to fish’.

You will probably be aware of some of the catastrophes that have taken place in the world over the past year, be they floods in Pakistan, fires in Russia and Australia, or landslides in China. Indeed, you may have responded financially to alleviate the suffering. When we consider such events, the work of Bible translation may seem to be irrelevant at worst, or secondary at best. Surely getting relief to the needy is where we should be concentrating our efforts and our funding?

Actually, I believe that the need for Bible translation becomes even more urgent in the context of these disasters, and all the others that have happened and are yet to occur. After all, it is in the Bible that we find how Job lost everything and screamed at God for an explanation, how the Israelites were put to the sword, how God led His people through famine, sickness and genocide. Without the Bible people cannot even begin to have a framework within which to place their own desperate situations and lives.

When we read the Bible we meet within its pages people who are marginalised through poverty, social structuring, illness or illiteracy. The very people for whom Jesus came, in fact. And the people groups with whom Wycliffe works most often; the weakest, poorest and neediest. So we find ourselves working at opening up the Bible to those in most need of it, such as the deaf, the illiterate and the poverty stricken.

Right now, Wycliffe workers are involved in projects to translate the Good News into the mother tongue of many hundreds of people groups, in whatever way they can best understand it, because we believe that God will use His word to speak into their deepest needs.

The Bible gives people a framework to understand their situation and tools with which to address it, as this video shows.

But translation does more than this. A Bible translation project is typically linked to literacy work and in the long term, literacy is one of the best ways of transforming poor communities. open quotes

Eddie Arthur

This week at Victoria

November 2017

Thursday 23rd November 2017

Women's Fellowship  2.45 pm in Wigner Room

Nineveh Prayer Group 7.30 pm to 9.00pm in Welcome Centre

Friday 24th November 2017

Vicky Bees  10:00 am to 11.45am in Lower Floor Suite

Kids' Club  5.00pm to 6.30pm in Main Hall

Friday Night Youth  7.00pm to 8.30pm in Main Hall

Sunday 26th November 2017

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30 am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15 am in Main Auditorium

Monday 27th November 2017

Vicky Bees  10:00 am to 11.45am in Lower Floor Suite

Tuesday 28th November 2017

Soaking in the Spirit 7.30pm to 9.00pm in John Butcher Room

Wednesday 29th November 2017

CAMEO  10.00 am to 12.00pm in Welcome Centre

Vicky Bees  10:00 am to 11.45am in Lower Floor Suite

Boys' Brigade  7.00pm to 9.00pm in Main Hall

Thursday 30th November 2017

Women's Fellowship  2.45 pm in Wigner Room

December 2017

Friday 1st December 2017

Kids' Club  5.00pm to 6.30pm in Main Hall

Friday Night Youth  7.00pm to 8.30pm in Main Hall

Sunday 3rd December 2017

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30 am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15 am in Main Auditorium

Encounter - Worship Event  5.30pm to 6.30pm in Main Auditorium

Monday 4th December 2017

Cardarama 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Welcome Centre

CLT Meeting 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Main Hall

Wednesday 6th December 2017

CAMEO  10.00 am to 12.00pm in Welcome Centre

Boys' Brigade  7.00pm to 9.00pm in Main Hall

Thursday 7th December 2017

Mens' Fellowship  10.15 am in Wigner Room

Women's Fellowship  2.45 pm in Wigner Room

Nineveh Prayer Group 7.30 pm to 9.00pm in Welcome Centre

Friday 8th December 2017

Kids' Club  5.00pm to 6.30pm in Main Hall

Friday Night Youth  7.00pm to 8.30pm in Main Hall

Saturday 9th December 2017

Flow Cafe  10.00am to 12.00noon in Ground Floor

Sunday 10th December 2017

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15 am in Main Auditorium

Evening Service  5.30pm to 6.30pm in Main Auditorium

Wednesday 13th December 2017

CAMEO (with lunch)  10.00 am to 12.00pm in Welcome Centre

Boys' Brigade  7.00pm to 9.00pm in Main Hall

Thursday 14th December 2017

Women's Fellowship  2.45 pm in Wigner Room

Friday 15th December 2017

Kids' Club  5.00pm to 6.30pm in Main Hall

Friday Night Youth  7.00pm to 8.30pm in Main Hall

Sunday 17th December 2017

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30 am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15 am in Main Auditorium

Monday 18th December 2017

Cardarama 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Welcome Centre

CLT Meeting 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Main Hall

Wednesday 20th December 2017

CAMEO  10.00 am to 12.00pm in Welcome Centre

Boys' Brigade  7.00pm to 9.00pm in Main Hall

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