On 13-16 September 2021, we as a team in Wycliffe Malaysia along with some of our supporters, came together online for the Wycliffe Global Connect 2021. The aim of the global conference is to reflect upon what God has been doing through the Alliance and some of the challenges and situations we face. The conference was kick-started with an opening ceremony and followed by an address by Dr Stephen Coertze, Executive Director of Wycliffe Global Alliance. Dr Coertze spoke on the future of the Alliance. Subsequently, we broke up into small groups to share our thoughts on the subjects spoken and to learn from each other. The conference discussion topics centred on three areas, namely: 1) Bible Translation, 2) Influences on the Bible Translation Movement, and 3) Focus on Collaboration.
Over the few days, we heard an encouraging update about the work in Indonesia by Pusat Penerjemahan Alkitab (PPA) GMIM, as well as the exciting developments in the area of Oral Bible translation and Sign Language translation. We also affirmed the importance of partnerships with other organisations, such as Faith Comes by Hearing (FCBH), DOOR International, as well as various local churches. Swapna Alexander, the Lead Bible Translation Consultant at FCBH quoted one of the consultants regarding Oral Bible Translation, that the “written Bible translation is academic, whereas oral Bible translation is spiritual”. Indeed, it is when we internalise Scripture in a language and form that we understand best, that God’s Word pierces our hearts and transforms our lives.
Together we acknowledged the changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought upon our lives and discussed some trends and possible strategies that we could undertake to move forward with regards to the way we do missions and development of new translation projects. Despite these challenges, we thank God for His grace and blessings upon us, enabling us to keep pressing on in Christ.