Translation, Linguistics, and Anthropology

                

Significant Service     

Professional Considerations     

Issues to Consider

Nuances

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Significant Service

The Word transforms! When scripture is clearly understood in the language of the heart, the mother tongue, the results can be amazing. God wants His word to impact every tribe, tongue and nation. The work that remains is often done in difficult places. The easy places have already been reached. Wycliffe needs people prepared to go do really hard things. It may be difficult spiritually, physically and practically, but the incarnational investment in peoples’ lives is worth it. Where would you be without the Word of God in your life?

The makeup of translation teams vary widely these days. Over time your role on the team will probably change. You may go from learner, (actually you will always be a learner) to leader, to trainer, to exegete, to consultant or maybe you will never be the leader. You may begin work in one language only to see a cluster of related languages nearby needing your expertise as well. Or you may find you need to stay with a single language project to the end. Are you willing to fill the role that is most needed, so that the scripture project can move to completion, to the Glory of God?

A solid translation is built on a solid understanding of the language (linguistics) and insight into the inner workings of the culture (anthropology). A translation can only be used if people know how to read it (literacy). The majority of work that remains is in languages that have strong oral traditions, so storytelling is important too. A variety of expats, nationals and governments need expert help in these areas to see language projects move forward. Can you provide that expertise?

Professional Considerations

In most cases, you will serve as part of a multicultural team. The knowledge and skills that you bring with you are important, but we all begin as learners. That way, new team members are given time to grow in their understanding of the language and culture before taking leadership roles. Leadership may feel and look very different than what you have experienced in the US. A 'learn first' attitude is vital in order to succeed long term. The best leaders are those who bring their knowledge and experience, serve and learn first how to reshape it in a new cultural context.

Issues to consider

Are you ready to serve? Think of this just as you would if preparing for a marathon. This race is run in spiritually dark and physically challenging places, but places where God is being glorified and people’s lives transformed.

We want to help you learn what years of experience have taught us. The issues we see most frequently which keep people from going or succeeding while on assignment are described 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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