Giving Thanks in Jerusalem

Nov 28, 2022 | Latest News

Last week some of our staff and students gathered in the courtyard of our small Jerusalem campus sharing and giving thanks for what God is doing around the world through the work of Bible translation. We are bursting at the seams and adding more classrooms and offices to accommodate the growing number of students and faculty.

The new class of the School of Biblical Hebrew in Jerusalem began just a short while ago. Part of their training involves field trips to different biblical sites and all the teaching is conducted in Hebrew. “How long have they been here?” asked the local bus driver last week, listening to the students interacting with the material in Hebrew. “Only five weeks!” he exclaimed when he heard the answer. “How do they learn so fast?”

Master’s students are finishing their courses so that they can oversee multiple translation projects when they return to the field. A team of staff and master’s students are working on exegetical resources for the Deaf as so few currently exist. Others are learning to create oral translations for the 45% of the remaining languages without a Bible translation that do not have a written form.

One new student shares: “I have a burden on my heart, and I see this training as a solution to the challenge of translating biblical source languages into sign language to help raise the Deaf community out of the marginalization they experience in African societies. This work will help us equip the workers who are on the battlefield to win lost souls for God.”

Join us in prayer for:  

  • A group of translators return to the field this December to continue work in translation projects.

  • Many of our students face challenges in caring for their families from a distance, especially with some in dire situations (flooding in Nigeria, political unrest, and illnesses). Pray for these students as they sacrifice so much for the sake of full Bible translation.

  • Continue to pray for our Russian and Ukranian students facing uncertainty at home.

  • Pray for ongoing funding and scholarship needs for the students.

Thank you for sharing the Word,

The Whole Word Institute team  The Whole Word for the Whole World

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