story Rachel Greco
Photo by: Rachel Greco: Two translators working diligently in TTC 1
Inside dozens of heads, brains busily transform language into the words of their home and heart. These translators have traveled many miles to study at the Translator Training Courses (TTC) 1&2. There they study Bible history, culture, and grammar. They learn how to translate so their people can see the full beauty of His Word, clear and precise in their own language.
Each of these translators has a unique story of how God led him or her into this important work. Kika Rava, from the Kalo language group in Central Province, shared a little bit of her testimony of how she became a translator: “I had been teaching in our church children’s ministry for more than 27 years. So I thought that this was my ministry, but what I didn’t know was that God would call me to a new thing at this stage of my life.”
“I had a dream in 2006 where the sky opened and two people came down from heaven, a female and a male. I could feel the presence of God upon on me, and it was a very holy moment. When I woke up I told my husband, ‘I had a vision.’ He said, ‘Maybe God has something to tell you, but it will be very hard.’”
“The next year I joined the Kalo Bible translation team doing translation work and it is very hard, as my husband predicted, but here I am, thankful to God for the opportunity to serve my people through the work of Bible translation. Now, as I have worked through TTC 2, it has been very hard for me once again, but I know that the Lord is with me and I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
Though the work is difficult for these translators, they know that the Lord himself called them into this work, and he will hold their hands every step of the way. Through training, perseverance, and reliance on God’s strength, they will complete the task of translating God’s Word into their heart language.