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New technology has emerged that will enable quicker translation of the Bible and faster spread of the Gospel, accelerated by indigenous people doing the work of translation.
Wycliffe Bible Translators has recently adapted their translation software, "ParaText," for smartphones, dubbing it "ParaText Lite," and has described it as a game-changer in several ways.
ParaText - Lite - Mobility - Countries - Technology
ParaText Lite has allowed mobility in countries where technology like laptops and recording equipment, which is hard to access and maintain, has offered an almost universally-accessible central database for collaboration in translation work, and is enabling missionaries with data stored in long-outdated computer models to upload and update their work, all while sidestepping internet limitations.
Doug Hennum, Wycliffe's chief innovation and information officer, explained in a phone interview with The Christian Post that this new technology fundamentally changes the role of Westerners coming into foreign lands to do Bible translation. Instead, the natives are increasingly able to take part in the process.
Thing - Shift - Years - Nationals - People
"And that's the exciting thing that we're seeing is this shift over the last seven to 10 years where nationals, indigenous people are wanting to do the work themselves. They are beginning to say instead of just us helping you white Westerners do this we want to do it, help us learn how to do it," Hennum said.
ParaText Lite is a version of the ParaText technology that can run on a digital tablet or phone.
Hennum - Parts - Africa - Papua - New
Hennum has traveled to parts of Africa and Papua New Guinea where some of this work is being done. On a recent trip to the western part of the Serengeti they were looking at a Masai warrior in full traditional dress, complete with a loinskin with a spear in one hand and a smartphone in the other hand.
"It blew me away that everywhere we've traveled — we were just in the middle of the Congo...
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