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Wycliffe team evacuates Central African Republic as fighting intensifies
World Magazine ^ | Sept. 12, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Posted on 09/13/2013 4:47:38 PM PDT by Pan_Yan

International groups and mission organizations, including Bible translation teams working in the Central African Republic, are fleeing the troubled nation as escalating fighting threatens expatriate staff. Wycliffe Associates decided to evacuate its foreign workers this month after fighters looted and pillaged its team’s work.

Violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) escalated Sept.8 as clashes between the current president’s forces and alleged supporters of ousted President Francois Bozize killed nearly 100 people.


Doctors Without Borders, a humanitarian organization, reported that fighting continued on Sept. 9, in the village of Bouca, 62 miles from Bossangoa. The Associated Press reported that 60 people were killed in recent conflicts there, just north of the nation’s capital. Residents reported that 30 armed men loyal to the former president attacked the town and a former rebel camp. Doctors Without Borders said six children were wounded in the attack and residents fled into the countryside after their homes were set ablaze.

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TOPICS: Current Events; Ministry/Outreach
KEYWORDS: africa; car; centralafricanrep; christians; evacuation; missionaries; wycliffe
Central African Republic is about 50% Christian (Catholic and Protestant), 35% native religions and 15% Muslim. The new president who siezed power a few months ago is a Muslim communist who lived in the USSR for 10 years. The French have about 500 men in the country to protect their interests (former colony). The South Africans pulled out their troops after 24 were killed during the fighting trying to prop up the former president.
1 posted on 09/13/2013 4:47:38 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

Oh, look...another African country embroiled in violence. That NEVER happens. /sarc


2 posted on 09/13/2013 4:54:05 PM PDT by The Iceman Cometh (Proud Teabagging Barbarian Terrorist Hobbit Crazy Cracker Son-of-a-Bitch!)
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To: Pan_Yan

Another upcoming slaughter that Susan Rice can ignore.


3 posted on 09/13/2013 4:58:33 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Impeach We Much!)
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To: The Iceman Cometh

time for Obama to draw a red line there..


4 posted on 09/13/2013 4:59:09 PM PDT by JoanneSD
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To: The Iceman Cometh

This one’s got a twist to it. The South African ruling party (ANC) was propping up the former President because they had a bunch of business interests in the country. A couple hundred SA soldiers got caught in a firefight for several hours when the capitol fell. South Africa was preparing to launch an invasion to retake the country when the outcry started. Apparently no one in South Africa knew they had troops in CAR and the politicians couldn’t/wouldn’t explain why they were there.


5 posted on 09/13/2013 5:01:27 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (I love it when spell check highlights every single word.)
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To: rfp1234

Or facilitate.


6 posted on 09/13/2013 5:01:53 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (I love it when spell check highlights every single word.)
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To: Pan_Yan

I live next to the JAARS Wycliffe facility in Waxhaw, NC and have met many of the guys that make it happen.

God bless them.


7 posted on 09/13/2013 5:15:04 PM PDT by struggle
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Pan_Yan.
Violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) escalated Sept.8 as clashes between the current president’s forces and alleged supporters of ousted President Francois Bozize killed nearly 100 people.

8 posted on 09/13/2013 5:32:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: struggle

I’ve never heard anything but glowing reports of the work Wycliffe does.


9 posted on 09/13/2013 5:44:12 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (I love it when spell check highlights every single word.)
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To: Pan_Yan

Muslim communist? Do you mean they have another Barack Obama there?


10 posted on 09/13/2013 6:00:56 PM PDT by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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To: Pan_Yan

Muslim communist? Do you mean they have another Barack Obama there?


11 posted on 09/13/2013 6:00:56 PM PDT by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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To: Pan_Yan
You are correct.

Excellent work, excellent organization and excellent people.

Most importantly, they turn out an OUTSTANDING product:

God's Word, the Bible, in the heart languages of hundreds of people groups.

The worldwide status of Bible translation (2012):

6,800+ ...the number of languages spoken in the world today
   
Under 2,000 ...the number of languages without any of the Bible, but with a possible need of a Bible translation to begin
   
about 209 million ...the number of people who speak the less than 2,000 languages where translation projects have not yet begun
   
Over 1,500 ...the number of translation programs where Wycliffe and its partners are currently at work
   
1,275 ...the number of language groups that have access to the New Testament in their heart language
   
518 ...the number of language groups that have access to the entire Bible in the language they understand best
   
over 7 billion ...the population of the world
 

12 posted on 09/13/2013 6:07:11 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("Life is short. It's even shorter if you suggest going out for pizza on your anniversary" Peter Egan)
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To: struggle; Pan_Yan

Thank you both for your kind words. Pray for those who just evacuated. It is rough. They’ve just lost much to which they’ve had an emotional attachment, i.e. family photos, memorabilia, pets. Not only that, they will now be going through a dreaded psych evaluation and worst of all a de-brief.


13 posted on 09/13/2013 6:20:55 PM PDT by Jemian
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To: Pan_Yan

Really?

Read these:

Colby, Gerard with Dennett, Charlotte. (1995). “Thy Will Be Done. The Conquest of the Amazon: Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the age of Oil” Harper Collins, New York, NY.

Vickers, William. (1984). “Review: Fishers of Men or Founders of an Empire? The Wycliffe Bible Translators in Latin America by David Stoll.” American Ethnologist, 11.1, 200-201.JSTOR

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2013/may-web-only/will-new-guidelines-solve-wycliffes-two-year-translation-co.html

http://www.christianpost.com/news/wycliffe-bible-translators-move-past-divine-familial-controversy-wait-for-review-pt-1-88655/


14 posted on 09/13/2013 6:25:03 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: vladimir998

I didn’t say they were perfect, I just said I hadn’t heard anything but good reports of their work.

I really not interested in reading a couple of more books right now but I did read the articles. So there was a controversy about how the terms ‘Father’ and ‘Son’ were translated into seven languages used in Muslim cultures. After some criticism Wycliffe made corrections.


15 posted on 09/13/2013 6:35:37 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (I love it when spell check highlights every single word.)
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To: vladimir998

That was a reach, vlad. I suggest reading past the headline.

How does your denomination translate Father-Son passages in difficult languages or for Muslim audiences, by the way? Or, does it at all?


16 posted on 09/13/2013 6:40:29 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Pan_Yan

Every written language has the scriptures in it today. What the translators do is find small tribes of a few hundred or so without a written language, invent a written language for them, translate the Bible into that language and then teach the small group how to read the language they just invented and then how to read the Bible.

What I have never understood is why its not better to teach an illiterate group to read a language far more widely written.


17 posted on 09/13/2013 6:47:59 PM PDT by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: RegulatorCountry

“How does your denomination translate Father-Son passages in difficult languages or for Muslim audiences, by the way?”

I am not a member of a denomination. I am not a Protestant.


18 posted on 09/13/2013 6:57:39 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: Pan_Yan

Bring back Bokassa!

(That’s a joke, son.)


19 posted on 09/13/2013 6:58:20 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: wonkowasright

The reason we don’t translate into a national language is because it is a second language, and therefore less understood, than a mother tongue. There is a “clearing of a mist” type of revelation when a reader reads Scripture in the language they learned from birth.

A new alphabet isn’t always invented. Here in Indonesia, my colleagues use the alphabet used for the national language.

An example of the first topic however: my gardener started working for us when he left his village in the interior highlands here in Papua to finish his education at a national high school. In the meantime, the translation team in the highlands, which included his father, one of the head men of the village, worked at completing the New Testament. The gardener was literate in both the national languages and his village language. When the NT was completed and dedicated, the young man’s joy was unrestrained. It was “lebih terang”, more light, in his words.

I rejoiced, and am still rejoicing, that after almost 2000 years, he could read God’s Love Letter to him


20 posted on 09/13/2013 7:12:38 PM PDT by Jemian
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To: vladimir998

Oh. I didn’t realize you were Mormon. My apologies.


21 posted on 09/13/2013 7:15:59 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: wonkowasright

One more example that might illustrate the reason better. If you speak a second language, try reading James 1 in that language. Then, read it in your mother tongue. Which one do you understand better? Which one rings a resounding bell in your heart? Unless you dream in that second language, my guess is that your mother tongue does the work for you.


22 posted on 09/13/2013 7:16:36 PM PDT by Jemian
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To: dfwgator

Yeah, we went through this last time I posted an article about Central African Republic.


23 posted on 09/13/2013 7:18:48 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (I love it when spell check highlights every single word.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

“Oh. I didn’t realize you were Mormon. My apologies.”

I am not Mormon. Mormonism is a pseudo-Christian sect, a denomination, which is an amalgam of Protestant and even more fanciful non-Christian ideas. I am not in a sect. I am not in a denomination. As I posted here just today: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/3066393/posts?page=85#85


24 posted on 09/13/2013 7:19:44 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: vladimir998

Oh. Begging your pardon once again. What rite are you, then?


25 posted on 09/13/2013 7:34:00 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Jemian

Take Papau New Guinea 7 million people. In 2010 Lutheran Bible Translators completed the Bible in the Haruai language of which there are a mere 2000 people who speak it.

I question the use of resources to teach a man to read a language that only 0.03% of the entire island speak -vs- teaching him to read a language if he is illiterate. And if he is literate then he can already read the Bible in the language he can read.

No need to reach agreement thats just how I see it.


26 posted on 09/13/2013 7:35:55 PM PDT by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: wonkowasright

I am very thankful that my supporters agree with my position rather than yours.


27 posted on 09/13/2013 7:39:47 PM PDT by Jemian
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To: RegulatorCountry

“What rite are you, then?”

I have no rite. I assume you are asking me what Church I am a member of. My Church has a specific rite - actually several - but I have none. People don’t have rites. They participate in them. Churches have rites.


28 posted on 09/13/2013 7:40:25 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: vladimir998

I see.


29 posted on 09/13/2013 7:41:24 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: The Iceman Cometh
Oh, look...another African country embroiled in violence. That NEVER happens. /sarc

The next obvious step is 'women are children are going hungry' (because the men are off playing war) and world enablers MUST step in and feed needy so the idiot husbands have the free time to kill each other. The United States is part of this problem...

30 posted on 09/14/2013 9:28:43 AM PDT by GOPJ (As Iowahawk..summed it up Putin is now just basically doing donuts in Obama’s front yard." Steyn)
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