Wycliffe Associates uses radio for distance education

Papua New Guinea (MNN) – Radio may be “older” technology, but it is still very useful for ministry work around the world. Wycliffe Associates started using radio signals to support the Bible translation work. Radio signals cannot be blocked or monitored like the internet, and it does not require difficult or dangerous travel.

The beginnings of the program

Tony Tophony with Wycliffe Partners talks about how this program started. “In Madang, Papua New Guinea, the translation teams there said, ‘Why can’t we have something going on, that reminds us and brings us back through all the lessons we’ve learned here. during our workshops with you? [We need training] when we leave, and we go back to our homes and life unfolds. In the eastern highlands of Papua New Guinea, getting around is not easy.

From there, Wycliffe hopes to expand this program to reach 35 new language groups. Tophony says, “What we do is basically provide the scripts for the radio shows to be broadcast live or to be recorded. Radio is a great way for people to tune in in their village or home and get on with the job.

“The radio show covers the stages of translation. It goes through the account of a group of people who have tried the translation of the Bible and have successfully completed it.

Pray that this ministry will reach many Christians without further access to training.

The header photo shows a road in the eastern highlands of Papua New Guinea. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

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