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CASA GRANDE — A banquet set to take place in Casa Grande will educate and update attendees about efforts to provide accurate and high-quality Bible translations in some high-risk regions of the world.

“Banquet guests will hear how God is moving in the lives of national Bible translators living and working in places where no Bible has ever been seen in people’s heart language,” a press release from banquet organizers said.

Hosted by Wycliffe Associates, the banquet is open to the community. It will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Holiday Inn. Dinner reservations are required. For complimentary tickets call 951-331-1137.

“More and more regions of the world are being infiltrated by extremists presenting very real dangers to Christians and Bible translation efforts,” a press release about the event said.

With its initiative called “Tablets for National Translators,” Wycliffe Associates aims to use technology to protect “mother-tongue” Bible translators.

The Tablets for National Translators program provides basic computer tablets loaded with Bible translation software and other tools to Bible translators who live in high-risk areas.

“Whole language groups are still waiting for the scriptures and tablets are absolutely essential,” Bruce Smith, president and CEO of Wycliffe Associates, said in the press release. “The computer tablets enable mother-tongue Bible translators to work discretely and safely and to back up their work online.”

Translators may use the tablets offline when necessary to avoid eavesdropping by those hostile to the project, according to the press release.

As well as facilitating security, the Tablets for National Translators project is accelerating the progress of Bible translation in conjunction with Mobilized Assistance Supporting Translation workshops, in which translation is taught using a pioneering new method, “resulting in translating books of the Bible in parallel while maintaining the highest levels of accuracy and quality.”

This year, Wycliffe Associates hopes to launch Bible translations in 600 new languages. The organization has a six-month goal of placing 1,525 computer tablets in the hands of Bible translators who are passionate to have the scriptures translated into their home language. Each computer tablet has a cost of about $300.

Wycliffe Associates is a ministry created in 1967 to accelerate the work of Bible translation around the world. Last year, it mobilized 5,389 volunteers and staff to accelerate Bible translation in 92 countries.

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