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Wycliffe Bible Translators of Canada • Winter 2010

Indonesia-Pacific Archipelago: In Person

Featuring one of the world’s regions with the greatest need for Bible translation.

Special Issue

2011 Calendar


Foreword Winter 2010 • Volume 28 • Number 4 Word Alive, which takes its name from Hebrews 4:12a, is the official publication of Wycliffe Bible Translators of Canada. Its mission is to inform, inspire and involve the Christian public as partners in the worldwide Bible translation movement. Editor: Dwayne Janke

Making 700 Bibleless Groups Personal Dwayne Janke

Designer: Laird Salkeld Senior Staff Writer: Doug Lockhart Staff Writers: Janet Seever Staff Photographers: Alan Hood, Natasha Schmale Vice President of Communications: Dave Crough Word Alive is published four times annually by Wycliffe Bible Translators of Canada, 4316 10 St NE, Calgary, AB T2E 6K3. Copyright 2010 by Wycliffe Bible Translators of Canada. Permission to reprint articles and other magazine contents may be obtained by written request to the editor. A donation of $12 annually is suggested to cover the cost of printing and mailing the magazine. (Donate online or use the reply form in this issue.) Printed in Canada by McCallum Printing Group, Edmonton. Member: The Canadian Church Press, Evangelical Press Association. For additional copies: media_resources@wycliffe.ca To contact the editor: editor_wam@wycliffe.ca For address updates: circulation@wycliffe.ca Note to readers: References to “SIL” are occasionally made in Word Alive. SIL is a key partner organization, dedicated to training, language development and research, translation and literacy.

Wycliffe Canada Vision Statement: A world where translated Scriptures lead to transformed lives among people of all languages. Translating Scripture, Transforming Lives Together with partners worldwide, we serve indigenous people through language-related ministries, especially Bible translation and literacy. Our goal is to empower local communities to express God’s love in both Word and deed—for personal, social and spiritual transformation. Wycliffe personnel currently serve globally in more than 1,300 language projects for about 936 million people. However, about 2,200 minority language groups still wait for the power of God working through their own languages. Wycliffe invites you to participate in this effort through prayer, service and funding. Canadian Head Office: 4316 10 St NE, Calgary, AB T2E 6K3. Phone: (403) 250-5411 or toll free 1-800-463-1143, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. mountain time. Fax: (403) 250-2623. Email: info@wycliffe.ca Cover: Photograph by Alan Hood.

In Others’ Words “The Bible, and it alone, with nothing added to it nor taken away from it by man, is the sole and sufficient guide for each individual, at all times and in all circumstances.”

—Sir Michael Faraday (1791-1867), celebrated English chemist, physicist, discoverer and inventor.

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his is the third in a series of three calendars highlighting the world’s regions with the greatest need for Bible translation. In 2009, we focused on Mainland Asia. This past year, we emphasized Central Africa and Nigeria. In this 2011 calendar, we present images from the remaining highestneed region: the Indonesia-Pacific Archipelago. Of the 2,250 languages worldwide still needing Bible translation to begin, nearly one-third of them—numbering more than 700— are located in this area, which consists of the nation of Indonesia and the Pacific Islands. By the Pacific Islands, we mean Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the thousands of islands of the southern Pacific Ocean, widely scattered along the northern and southern edges of the equator (see map below). Two centres of concentration are located in the IndonesiaPacific Archipelago. The first is Indonesia, with 340 languages needing Bible translation. The other is PNG and several other islands with about 360. These large language figures represent tens of millions of human beings without the Scriptures in a language that can speak to their hearts. But statistics can be dispassionate. To help make these people more personal for you, we are again presenting photographs of men, women and children from the Indonesia-Pacific Archipelago with each month of this calendar. Once again, we hope that you will make this your main home or office calendar, tracking important dates and personal events throughout 2011. And as you do, we trust it will remind you that there remains a huge unfinished job in the IndonesiaPacific Archipelago. Please pray that: • Bible translation will start soon for the remaining language groups there. • Wycliffe and other organizations can partner with local churches and agencies to finish the task in this politically, linguistically and geographically challenging region. • God will supply the required resources—personnel, prayer and finances—to bring the translated Word, whether in printed or non-printed form. May God especially place the Bibleless language groups of the Indonesia-Pacific Archipelago on our hearts in 2011.

May God especially place the Bibleless language groups of the Indonesia-Pacific Archipelago on our hearts in 2011.

Editor’s Note: When we published the two previous calendars in this series, some readers asked why we didn’t give content details with each photo. Because of religious and political sensitivities on the field, this is not always possible. So, to be consistent, we decided not to include information for any of the photos. As we continue with the same approach in this issue, we trust you will understand.

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. . . Let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” —Hebrews 12:28, 29

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Praise the LORD from the earth, you . . . stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars. —Psalm 148:7-9

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Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp. For the LORD . . . crowns the humble with salvation.

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“Come, all you who are thirsty . . . and you who have no money, come, buy and eat . . . without money and without cost. . . . Hear me, that your soul may live.” —Isaiah 55:1-3

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. . . My soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness. . . .

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“Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith!”

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Word Alive Magazine - Winter 2010  

2011 Calendar - The third in a series of three calendars highlighting the world’s regions with the greatest need for Bible translation. Here...

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