Bangladesh (MNN) — Our series on God’s Kingdom expansion in Bangladesh continues today with a focus on Bible translation.
Peter Mazumder, visionary behind the Living Water Center, says Wycliffe Bible Translators has already started using it for ministry.
“Thirty pastors are coming every year, 30 days each time, and they are assigned to complete some portions of the Bible; also, they are getting training,” says Mazumder.
Kingdom expansion: Wycliffe
Wycliffe Australia and Wycliffe Singapore are members of the global Wycliffe Bible Translators family. They’re teaming up with other ministries in Bangladesh to get God’s Word into the hands of more than 300 unreached ethnic people groups.
The Living Water Center plays a key role in that effort, since it allows Bible translators to combine theory with application. Bible students travel from India to teach translation methods to the group of pastors mentioned above.
“They’re doing ‘diploma’ Bible translation at the same time they’re doing [practical] Bible translation, 100 days a year,” Mazumder explains.
Years ago when the Bible Students Fellowship of Bangladesh (BSFB)–the in-country branch of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship–first connected with Wycliffe, they agreed to take on three language translation projects.
“We are hoping, within 10 to 15 years’ time, we could finish New Testament translation for these three ethnic people groups,” says Mazumder.
When it’s finished, the Living Water Center will speed up translation efforts and training in Muslim-dominated Bangladesh.
Kingdom expansion and Scripture translation
Earlier this year, Bible translators completed a booklet and short videos from the book of Mark for the Marma people group. According to The Joshua Project, the Marmas mostly follow Buddhist teachings, though many also practice animism. Oral Bible storying projects for the Usoi Tripura and Mru language communities also progressed.
Pray for the completion of the Living Water Center. Pray that the needed people and resources are provided for Bible translation efforts in Bangladesh.
Tomorrow, we’ll explore the impact the Living Water Center will have on college campus ministries.