Over 1,600 people groups sit in darkness with no Scripture in their heart language. All-Nations Bible Translation (ABT) is an organization that is passionate about putting God’s written word into the hands of every nation on earth. Several unique emphases of ABT set them apart from other Bible translation organizations. First, they are an Anabaptist organization with the aim of equipping Anabaptists for the field of translation. They do not idolize this heritage, but they hold up God’s Word as being the fundamental standard on which to build Christ’s church. Neither do they idolize the Scriptures, but see them merely as a necessary and faithful witness of the Living Word of God. Finally, ABT recognizes that an accurate Bible without a faithful church is only worth so much paper and ink. Their vision is to partner with each team’s sending churches to plant an indigenous church as translation projects get underway.
Is God calling you to push back this world’s darkness through Bible translation? Even if you can’t imagine yourself as an Old or New Testament Bible translator, there is a need for mission-minded people to support translation teams through community development or to work in literacy so that people will be able to read the Bible when it becomes available. I have been a member-in-training with ABT for a year and a half and have thoroughly enjoyed the journey. Their guidance for completing the required training has been invaluable. I’m eager to see more young people join the team and partner with what God is doing in spreading the Word to the ends of the earth.
As published in Crosswind magazine, used by permission of author and publisher
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