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Christians in Southeast Asia Able to Read Gospel in Native Tongue for First Time in 128 Years

Leah Marieann Klett : May 6, 2016  Gospel Herald

"Miraculously, they held onto their faith through hardship and persecution. God's Church in this remote region survived."

[Gospel Herald] For the first time in 128 years, Christians in Southeast Asia are able to read the New Testament in their own language thanks to the tireless work of Wycliffe Associates (WA). (Photo Credit: Wycliffe Associates/via Gospel Herald)

According to a report shared on the Wycliffe Associates, an organization that accelerates Bible translation around the world by empowering national translators and equipping the local church, nearly two centuries ago, missionaries came to Southeast Asia with the Gospel. At the time, there was no translation of the Scriptures available, so they had to study God's Word in a foreign language.

"Miraculously, they held onto their faith through hardship and persecution. God's Church in this remote region survived," reads the report.

However, through the Wycliffe Associates' Mobilized Assistance Supporting Translation program, a pioneering method that enables mother-tongue translators to translate the Bible in an unprecedented time, the New Testament has now been translated, and translators plan to complete the Old Testament by...

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