“When churches are dependent upon the care of foreign superintending missionaries any graces which the new Christian community shows can be ascribed to the influence of the foreigner and his direction.
"Ultimately, the Holy Spirit, working through Peter and the disciples, wanted all those who were assembled to hear the mighty deeds of God in their own languages. It was good news for them to embrace themselves and for them to take with them to their own communities in turn."
"From the standpoint of the mission of the Church, the task of translating the Bible must be considered as basic and fundamental; it is the cornerstone that supports and nourishes all the dimensions of a holistic mission. ...
"That Jesus requires His disciples to observe all that He commanded—not just some easy-to-understand concepts in a foreign language—further suggests the enterprise and necessity of Bible translation." —Chris Tachick
"One of the biggest mistakes that North American churches make—by far—is in applying relief in situations in which rehabilitation or development is the appropriate intervention." —Steve Corbett
(from the book WHEN HELPING HURTS)
“The beauty and glory of Christianity is that we believe God works in all different languages.” —Dana Roberts
“Throughout history, those left without the ability to read the Word on their own have been put in a place of dependence on ‘religious leaders.’ . . . Millions have been deceived [and led to] to a Christless eternity.” —Matt and Starr Arnold
“If one should think it worth his while to write my life, I will give you a criterion by which you may judge of its correctness. If he gives me credit for being a plodder, he will describe me justly. Anything beyond this will be too much. I can plod. I can persevere in any definite pursuit.
"Bible translators quite rightly get excited about the Bible. However, we need to constantly remember that Jesus did not write a book, he called a community. The purpose of the Bible is to equip and shape that community to be the people that God wants them to be.
"Our vision is so small compared to the Lord's. Where we imagine a hole in the ground—a hole that we might not even get to see filled with water—He sees a haven for the birds and cattle, a garden in the desert.