In early 2017, Global Bible Initiative commissioned a project in partnership with Wycliffe India and American Bible Society to validate our software in a new setting. Looking over their needs, they chose Waroli (not the real name of the language, changed name for security reasons), India, a region in the Northern Part of India. The Waroli language is primarily spoken by the Waroli people who are Northern India. Waroli has fifteen regional dialects spoken in different regions. It is spoken by almost 3 million people.
Our goal was to see how much we could improve the speed of Bible Translation without sacrificing quality. We hired two local Waroli college students from the area to be our Mother Tongue Translators. They had read the Bible but were not skilled with computers. They spoke and read Hindi and Waroli, but neither of them had done this sort of work before. We trained them for a week on using our software and then gave them the task of translating the books of John and James.
Even though they started at a slower pace while learning the process, very quickly, they were translating almost 40 verses a day. Their output was checked by local church leaders who appreciated the text they received. We are in the process of validating these results by a professional Bible Translation consultant and should have this review completed soon. Once this is complete, we will continue working on the rest of the New Testament followed by the Old Testament. At this pace, Wycliffe India has shared that we can complete an entire translation project that would normally take 10 years in closer to 3 years, saving both time and money while generating a result that is faithful to the original text.
Waroli speakers expressed their joy at receiving the Word of God in their heart language. One of them said “I have been reading the Bible in Hindi for many years. Many portions I did not understand as my vocabulary in Hindi is very limited. But when I read the gospel of John in my language, I felt so thrilled. I could understand everything. Praise the Lord!”
Current Status (November 2018) Completed: John, James, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus Target date for completion of the entire New Testament: 2020