Information Technology

Significant Service     

Professional Considerations     

Issues to Consider

Nuances

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Significant Service

Food for thought: Could it be that God allowed or even inspired the invention of the personal computer to allow completion of world evangelism?

Information Technology has provided an incredible tool that has allowed acceleration of missions in general, but especially for translation. Language surveyors are in the field using software on hand-held devices to quickly compare wordlists while mapping language area boundaries and to determine the need for new translations. Translators are using software to create first drafts of the Bible in new languages, and to even make first drafts from other similar languages. These tools are increasing quality and lopping years off the time it takes to finish a translation compared to traditional methods.

Technology has also made a huge difference in the area of communications. Missionaries in the field are able to keep in touch, not just with family and ministry partners, but also with language consultants, technical support, and for emergency medical care. Some places still use short wave radio, but teleconferencing, VoIP systems, email and nearly-ubiquitous cell phones have changed the way we work and collaborate with national workers to do translation. Wycliffe members are helping to deploy systems to remote national translators utilizing solar power systems, low-power laptops, and satellite uplinks to the internet. This has allowed real time interaction between the translator and technical and language consultants from anywhere to anywhere in the world.

While these systems are cutting the time it takes to do translation, other technologies are allowing rapid distribution of finished scripture portions, New Testaments and whole Bibles. In some places portable personal devices, including cell phones are now the primary means of distribution of the Bible and Scripture-based media. In closed countries and oral cultures printed materials are hard to distribute. Digital media is easily distributed and video or audio media are particularly adaptable to the oral cultures.

Are you looking to have your investment of time, skills, and abilities impact, influence and touch people in difficult contexts? If so, then find out more at our Missions IT website (Missiontec.com) and fill out an IT Skills survey if you wish to go further.

Professional Considerations

For more than 35 years, Wycliffe has pioneered the use of technology to speed Bible translation and meet the technology needs of all its personnel. If you believe, as we do, that all languages are of value, form an integral part of peoples’ identity and have the potential to serve them in a rapidly changing world, then you can use your IT skills to be part of a team transforming minority language communities worldwide.

Issues to consider

Issues that could keep you from serving or could stall your journey are things that we really want you to prepare well for. Are you ready? Are you living a disciplined life in preparation for a marathon in the spiritually dark and physically challenging places to work on earth, but where God can be glorified and people transformed?

The issues we see most frequently contributing to failure to launch or failure to succeed while on assignment are at the link below. Please count the cost now and prepare well! We are praying for you and would love to walk with you on this journey.

Nuances of the job in different areas of the world

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