The leading high-tech companies like Microsoft, Google, Apple and Amazon are constantly breaking new ground as they try to outpace each other to capture the future. Could their discoveries be applied to Bible translation? Absolutely. For example, you know the technology that anticipates your next word as you text? GBI is working with Wycliffe/SIL, American Bible Society, and others to harness this machine learning technology used in Google Translate and iPhone’s Siri to cut the time it takes to translate Scripture without compromising the quality.
We’re also using technology to help Bible translators discover and correct their mistakes. We automatically align their translation with the original Greek and Hebrew texts. Technology also helps keep their work more consistent. It helps empower believers without formal training to understand the meaning of the inspired Scripture.
For the past decade, GBI has been harvesting the best technology concepts for the translation of Scripture. We recently formally established this effort as a research and development laboratory called “GBI coLab.” Dr. Andi Wu, a PhD expert in computational linguistics from Microsoft and Dr. Randall Tan, a PhD expert in biblical scholarship, are leading GBI coLab. Do you know anyone who senses a higher-calling for their high-tech abilities? Please let them know about GBI coLab.
CEO, Global Bible Initiative
You can’t blame the disciples. Jesus’ popularity is growing. Crowds are swelling, and these moms want Jesus to bless their babies? Pleeaassee! The disciples began to rebuke the mothers and send them away. Jesus immediately stopped them. “Let the little children come to me,” he said, “and don’t stop them because the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Luke 18:16)
At Global Bible Initiative, we whole-heartedly agree with Jesus. Children are the future. They may be small and seem unimportant, but these little ones have hearts that are open to the good news. Maybe that’s why four out of five people who believe in Jesus do so because of something that influenced them by the age of 14.
In some countries, the governments try to block children from attending church services or hearing the gospel at home. Their strategy is to turn children away from accepting faith in Christ, knowing that once they are older, they will be less likely to.
Children are the future. They’re also more able to hear the “still, small voice of the Spirit.” (1 Kings 19:12-13) Let’s take the time to make sure they have God’s Word in their mother tongue.
CEO, Global Bible Initiative
When we’re doing ministry, we love crowds. More people means greater impact, right? Not necessarily. Jesus drew crowds, but his disciples were often mystified by his seeming disregard for them. Once, after multiplying the loaves and fish, the crowd was ready to make him king. Jesus walked away. Even his brothers didn’t understand his aversion to crowds (John 7:5). Instead, Jesus often took great pains to meet with individuals.
Once, while surrounded by crowds, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” They encountered a storm that had seasoned fisherman crying out, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” When they finally arrived in the region of the Gerasenes, they met a demon-possessed man. After Jesus cast the demons out, the people were so freaked out, they begged Jesus to leave. So, he got into the boat and left. All that effort for just one man? But this man went throughout a ten-city region called the Decapolis telling people what Jesus had done, and “all the people were amazed.” Similar results happened with one woman at the well in John 4. Many people believed in Jesus.
When it comes to ministry, everyone is important. Each individual person who experiences the love of Christ and the power of God’s Word can multiply the impact beyond our wildest expectations.
Director of Publishing and Donor Engagement at Global Bible Initiative