The story of King Solomon’s decision to divide a baby in order to satisfy two “mothers” planted a seed in the heart of a young teenage boy named Timothy who lived in a Paypa village in South America. That story about God giving wisdom to the king fascinated Timothy. In the next few years, he moved to the city, and drugs and alcohol became a part of his life. It was there, however, that he learned about Jesus and accepted him into his life. Timothy realized that he needed to live a new life. The seed planted in him years ago had begun to grow.
Timothy studied the Bible in the national language, attended a Bible school and participated in a Bible translator training course. But in February 2015, he was at a crossroads. He had completed the course and was free to choose what to do with his life. After praying, he decided to get a job to support his family, and continue to study at night.
But what he really wanted to do was to translate the Bible. “Even if it’s just on the weekends, I am going to translate the Bible into my language. I’ve been thinking of all the things God’s worked out for me to learn and do in the past few years… and what’s it all been for if not to be a Bible translator!?”
Timothy is one of only a handful of Christians in his language group and has great promise as a translator. After he shared his determination to translate, he was offered the opportunity to do translation full time with the support of the ALEM* missionaries. He accepted the offer after a week of prayer. Timothy has found joy and satisfaction in thoroughly studying the Scriptures and translating them into his heart language.
Timothy’s life has been greatly impacted by God’s Word, beginning with that seed of a story about King Solomon. In the Parable of the Sower found in Luke 8, Jesus says, “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.” May the seed of God’s Word in the Paypa language fall on good soil, grow and yield a crop a hundred times more than was sown!
*ALEM, a member of the Wycliffe Global Alliance, was founded in Brazil in 1982 to glorify God through Scripture translation, church planting and training of workers.