All around the world, God is raising up people to do translation work in their own language and in the neighboring languages around them. In the Americas there are a number of national Bible translation organizations that have taken ownership of the work in their countries. ALEM (a Portuguese acronym that means "The Evangelical Linguistic Missionary Association" in English) is one such organization working in Brazil, and Wycliffe partners with ALEM to help meet Bible translation needs across the country.
Two dozen people from ALEM and Wycliffe recently participated in a workshop that was funded by your gifts to the Worldwide Projects Fund. During the event those in attendance — translators, Scripture use workers and leaders in administrative roles — joined in discussions, learning sessions and spiritual care activities, all for the purpose of strengthening the Bible translation movement in Brazil. We wanted to share the impact of your investment by passing on thank you messages that were received after the event.
A woman who has faced huge challenges while working with her husband in a language group in Guinea Bissau said, “This was absolutely the best event that I have ever participated in, and I have been in lots. I am certain that I am not leaving the same person at all. You were used by God to bless us all."
A man who is an ALEM member, as well as part of CONPLEI (the Brazilian Indigenous Mission), shared, “I am a Macuxi Indian and I work primarily with indigenous communities to encourage the use of Scriptures that have been translated. During this event we were able to pray, contemplate and study together as one body. May God grant to you double the blessing you have given us.”
Finally, the chairman of the board for ALEM writes, “I have been involved with ALEM for 25 years, and I am pleased to say this event was one of the most impactful of my life. I see it impacting not only our work, but our solidarity as leaders in a renewed climate of friendship and communion. Thanks to those who prayed and gave so that we were strengthened in order to best serve God, and all of the people groups who need God's Word."